Owls Baseball Takes Rust College Doubleheader, 12-2 and 7-3

Damain Benefield at first base; Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins, University Relations
Damain Benefield at first base; Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins, University Relations

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ The W baseball team picked up two more wins on Tuesday, March 5 at the Columbus High School Baseball Stadium. The Owls faced Rust College in a midday doubleheader and defeated the Bearcats 12-2 and 7-3 to advance to 5-1 on the season.

GAME ONE (W, 12-2)
In game one, Cody Brewington, freshman infielder, was credited with the Owls first RBI after he singled to allow Will Peters to score the Owls first run.

The Owls led 1-0 until the third inning as the Bearcats scored their first run.

The Owls extended their lead to 8-1 in the bottom of the fourth with seven additional runs. The Owls were able to gain those seven runs due to extreme teamwork that allowed the bases to stay full.  

The Owls took advantage of each error that Rust presented and were able to come out on top.

Drew Williams, a sophomore pitcher, was credited with the Owls win on the mound for a 2-0 record on the season. The Maylene, Ala. native pitched five innings to allow three hits and one run (one earned) with one walk and seven strikeouts. Zachary Reimann pitched one inning with one walk. John David Topik completed the game pitching one inning allowing two hits, one run (one earned), zero walks and one strikeout.

At the plate, Damain Benefield, Prince Tolbert, and Brandon Jones led the team with a 1-for-3 appearance. Will Peters led the team with three runs, while Brandon Jones led offensively with four RBIs on one hit and three appearances.


" [I am] really proud of our guys in game 1. We played a really complete game. Drew Williams was outstanding on the mound for us. He competed in the zone all day. It was also good to see Zachary Reimann and John David Topik have a great debut for us. I'm also really proud of freshman Bret Linton for being ready when his number was called. He was great behind the plate. I'm also really proud of Brandon Jones who had a great game offensively."

GAME TWO (W, 7-3)

In game two, everything seemed to go the right way for the Owls. Despite several chances to make big plays and cut the Owls lead, the Bearcats were unsuccessful offensively and struggled defensively to give The W its second win.

Brandon Jones sophomore infield player, caught fire at the plate going 2-for-3 with two runs, while Trey "Leon" Petite had a 1-for-2 appearance with one run and two RBIs.

On the mound, Logan Suggs, a sophomore pitcher, completed the entire seven innings with the win on the mound. Petite allowed seven hits, three runs(two earned), and zero walks.

"[I am] really proud of our guys for handling some self-inflicted adversity in this game. We fell behind early, but our guys just never quit. Logan Suggs showed up big time for us on the mound today. I love the balance our offense has right now. We really feel like this is a big sweep for us. Hopefully, we can carry today's momentum into a big series with Crowley's Ridge this weekend."

The Owls will be back home again on Friday, March 8 to face Crowley's Ridge. The first pitch of the doubleheader matchup is set for 4 p.m.