JACKSON, Miss. – The Owls baseball team was unable to keep the Belhaven Blazers at bay, falling 14-13 to Belhaven University in an 11-inning game. The Owls drop to 17-11 on the season in the midweek loss.
The W offense came out strong in the top of the first, putting up seven runs during its first showing at the plate.
The Owls defense held strong in the bottom of the inning to keep the Blazers scoreless for a 7-0 lead.
After seven innings of play, The W remained ahead with a 11-6 lead over Belhaven. In the eighth, the Owls collected two more runs but the Blazers answered with four runs of their own to cut the Owls lead to 13-10.
In the bottom of the ninth, Belhaven put up an additional three runs against Owls to tie the game and force extra innings.
Both team struggled for runs in the 10th for a scoreless inning. In the bottom of the 11th, Belhaven claimed the victory with an RBI single to close the game on top 14-13.
Austin Sparks collected his second loss on the mound this season for an 0-2 record. The freshman from Alabaster, Ala. entered the game in the eighth to relieve starting pitcher David Standifer. The right-hander pitched 3.1 innings for two strikeouts, four hits, and four earned runs.
Standifer pitched the first seven innings for three strikeouts, 10 runs (nine earned), and 13 hits against.
Leading the Owls in RBIs, Nicholas Brooks held down the designated hitter position for his team. The senior from Starkville, Miss. went 1-for-4 at the plate to collect three RBIs and three runs.
Benefield, Owls power hitter, hit his sixth homerun this season. During his time at the plate, the freshman infielder tallied three hits, two RBIs, and two runs.
If weather permits, the Owls baseball team will be back in action on Saturday, April 14 when they host USCAA sister institution Concordia College – Alabama. The first pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. at the Columbus High School Baseball Field. Come out and support The W baseball as it searches for a doubleheader victory against the Hornets.
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