COLUMBUS, Miss.– The Owls baseball team dominated the Bulldogs of Tougaloo College in a doubleheader on Friday, March 6th. The W defeated the Bulldogs 8-4 in the first game and followed with a 7-2 victory in the second.
Game One (W, 8-4)
Collecting his second victory of the season, junior pitcher Drew Williams was credited with the win on the mound. The Maylene, Ala. native pitched 7.0 innings for six strikeouts, nine hits against, four runs and one homer.
The Owls defeated the Bulldogs in game one despite the rough start in the first inning where the score fell 3-0. In the second inning, the Owls came back with three runs tying the game 3-3.
In inning three neither team was able to score but the Owls found a way in the fourth inning as Estabrook doubled to left field allowing Hunter Harper to score the fourth run.
At the top of the fifth, Tougaloo scored one run bringing the score to 7-4, The W leading. In the bottom of the fifth Heath Ford, Birdsong, Suggs, and Harper each delivered a run bring the final score to 8-4.
Overall, the Owls tallied 9 hits for 8 runs and 5 RBIs.
Game Two (W, 7-2)
Junior right-hander Austin Braswell grabbed his second win of the season on the mound in the second game of the day. The Hattiesburg, Miss. native pitched 6.1 innings for six strikeouts, two runs, three hits, and two walks.
Entering the game in the seventh inning for the Owls was Louisville, Miss. native,Brady Jones.The left-hander pitcher pitched 0.2 innings for one strikeout, one walk, and zero runs.
At the plate, Leon "Trey" Petite led his team with a 3-for-4 appearance for three RBIs, and one run, while Michael Westerfield and Blake Estabrook led the team in scoring for two runs each. Other Owls standouts were Heath Ford, and Matthew Bumpous with one run each.
In the outing, the Owls tallied 10 hits for 7 runs.
Coach Wolfe's Thoughts
"[I am] really proud of the guys for competing all day long. Our pitching was outstanding today. They attacked the zone all day. Offensively, we did what we do, we grinded out at bats all day. We ran into some tough luck with lineouts, but the guys kept playing hard. When you do that good things happen, and it led to some big inning".
The Owls baseball team will be back on the road Tuesday, March 10 to take on Aquinas College during the College Bash Tournament in Marietta, Ga. The first pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.