COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls baseball team closed the 2019 regular season 16-11 with back-to-back losses against Stillman College in its last home doubleheader. The W played well offensively but struggled to put together a defensive strategy to keep Tigers off the board.
GAME ONE (L, 6-3)
In game one, Stillman broke the seal on scoring with one run scored in the top of the first inning.
The Owls scored their first runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead. Leroy "Trey" Petite hit a triple for two RBIs and came home on a single by Brandon Jones.
In the third inning, Stillman cut the Owls lead to 3-2, scoring one run on a single before adding two additional runs in the fifth to regain the lead.
In the sixth, the Tigers completed their scoring effort with a run on a double to close the game ahead of The W, 6-3.
Owls power hitter Damain Benefield led the Owls at the plate with a perfect 3-for-3 appearance. Petite led the Owls offense with two RBIs while Heath Ford, Petite, and Reese Wagner collected one run each.
On the mound, sophomore RJ Dell was credited with the loss. The Memphis, Tenn. native pitched 4.1 innings for seven strike outs, five hits against, and five earned runs.
Luke Hobson entered the game in the fifth inning to relieve Dell. The junior right-hander pitched 2.2 innings for one strikeout, three hits against, and one earned run.
GAME TWO (L, 7-4)
Ace pitcher Drew Williams returned to the mound in game two after an extended absence due to injury. The sophomore from Maylene, Ala. pitched 4.0 innings in the loss while delivering four strikeouts with five hits against and three earned runs.
Stillman came out swinging in the first inning with three runs scored on three hits and one error.
The Owls answered in the bottom frame with a run on a single by Jones to center field to trail the Tigers 3-1.
Both teams blanked in the second inning but the Owls came back in the third with two runs to tie the game. Heath Ford scored a run on a double by Benefield and Cody Brewington scored on a sacrifice fly.
In the fifth inning, the Owls grabbed a 4-3 lead, scoring a run on a pass ball for The W's last run of the game.
The Tigers collected a run in the sixth and two runs in the seventh for the 7-4 victory.
Jones led the Owls offensively with a 1-for-2 appearance for two RBIs while Brewington and Ford collected two runs each.