Baseball Opens with Doubleheader Sweep of Lane College

Damain Benefield and RJ Cox; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
Damain Benefield and RJ Cox; Photo Credit: Owls Communication

COLUMBUS, Miss. – The W and Lane College played a postponed doubleheader on Monday, Feb. 18 at Columbus High School Baseball Field for the first games of the season. The Owls (2-0) took both competitions to sweep the Dragons (0-2) to open up the 2019 season.

Game One (W, 10-2)
Sophomore Drew Williams took the mound for the Owls in the season opener, pitching fiving innings without a hit and tallying four strikeouts. He also committed no walks in his first victory of the season.

The Owls relief pitcher RJ Dell pitched for the first time wearing the Owls uniform. He spent two innings on the mound for six strikeouts, two hits against, two unearned runs, and one walk.

The bulk of the Owls runs were scored on fielder's choices, sacrifice flies, walks, and errors.

In the fifth inning, junior infielder Heath Ford doubled left of centerfield for two RBIs for the Owls last two runs.

In the seventh inning, the Dragons made it to the board with the last runs of the game on an error and a sacrifice fly for a final score of 10-2.

The Owls needed only four hits for the win, including a double each by Ford, Will Peters, and Cody Brewington.

Lane also managed four hits and both teams committed three errors.

Game 2 (W, 12-6)

The Owls struggled to get their offense going in game two, allowing Lane to have a 6-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth inning.

In the bottom, Brandon Jones singled up the middle to allow Damain Benefield to score. A bases-loaded walk grabbed the Owls second score of the game and a double to left field by Trey "Leon" Petite garnered two additional runs.

Continuing Owls scoring in the inning, Heath Ford singled for an RBI to put the Owls within one of the leads and a bases-loaded pass ball tied the game.

The Owls closed the inning and grabbed the lead on a walk, a wild pitch, and back-to-back errors to pull ahead 11-6 at the close of five innings.

Prince Tolbert singled for the Owls in the sixth inning for an RBI and the last run of the day.

Logan Suggs took the mound for The W as the starting pitcher in game two. He pitched four innings for seven hits against, four earned runs and five strikeouts.

Luke Hobson entered the game in the fifth inning for the win, pitching three innings for two hits against, no runs, and seven strikeouts.

Lane out hit The Owls 9-6 but were crippled with six errors while the Owls only committed two. Included in the Owls hits were doubles by Ford, Tolbert, and Will Peters.

Coach Wolf's Thoughts

"Really proud of the way our guys played tonight and the energy they brought to the field. Game 1, I thought we played pretty well all the way around and had stellar pitching from sophomore Drew Williams who threw 5 shutout innings for us. RJ Dell did well on the mound in game 1 closing out the last 2 innings. Game 2 we struggled at the plate and defensively but [we] bounced back from a 6-0 deficit to take the win behind the shutdown pitching of Luke Hobson who threw 3 scoreless innings in relief. It's like I said many times last year this team continues to do amazing things and I can't wait till we are back on the field again!"

Up Next

If weather permits, the Owls will return to action tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 19 when they travel to Jackson, Tenn. for a road rematch against Lane College. The first serve is set for 2 pm.