Baseball Downs Selma in Doubleheader Acton, 7-3, 11-9

Baseball Downs Selma in Doubleheader Acton, 7-3, 11-9

SELMA, Ala. – The Owls baseball team swept Selma University on Saturday, March 31 in doubleheader action. The W defeated the Bulldogs 7-3 and 11-9 to improve to 14-9 on the season.

Game One (W, 7-3)

Freshman pitcher Drew Williams was credited with the Owls game one victory on the mound. The Maylene, Ala. native pitched the entire 7-inning game for seven strikeouts, three earned runs, and six hits against.

At the plate, second baseman Lukas Murphy led the Owls offense. The sophomore from Shannon, Miss. went 2-for-3 at the plate with one run while Will Peters, Heath Ford, and Sumpter Bass collected single RBIs.

Damain Benefield, the first baseman, hit his second homerun of the season and the first of three home runs on the day for a run and a RBI.

Game Two (W, 11-9)

Freshman utility player and pitcher Will Peters received his fifth win on the mound for his efforts during the 11-9 Owls victory over Selma. The Tallassee, Ala. native pitched 6.0 innings in the 7-inning game for five strikeouts, seven earned runs, and 12 hits against.

Jose Ortiz took over pitching duties in the bottom of the seventh for the save. The Mobile, Ala. native pitched 1.0 innings for three hits against and two earned runs.

Damain Benefield led the Owls offense with two home runs on three at-bats for four RBIs and two runs. Eiland Cleckler also hit one out the park to go 2-for-2 at the plate with four RBIs and two runs.

Other standout Owls were Prince Tolbert and Leon "Trey" Petite. Tolbert landed three hits on four at-bats for one run and one RBI while Petite went 1-for-3 with two runs.

Coach Wolf's Thoughts
"Once again [I am] very proud of the way our team performed today. I stressed all week that we have to make the easy plays and not give this team any free bases with as much speed as they have. Our defense did very well in executing our game plan on both games. Drew went the distance in the first game and pitched very well as did Will giving us six strong innings in the second game. We hit the ball well especially off some power arms that threw well for the opposing team. Offensive MVP would have to go to Damain Benefield who had an amazing day with three home runs total and two in one game."

Up Next
The Owls will take on the Rust College Bearcats on Wednesday, April 4 in Holly Springs, Miss. The first pitch of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m.

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