No. 15 W. Florida splits pair of games
Saulmon's six hits leads Argos by Christian Brothers in opener
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – No. 15 West Florida split Saturday’s doubleheader against Gulf South Conference opponent Christian Brothers taking the opener 18-5 before falling in 6-1 in the finale. The Argonauts are now 21-8 overall and 3-4 in the GSC.
In game one the Argos struck for two runs in the first inning on a bases-loaded double off the center field wall by Billy O'Connor. CBU answered back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning plating a run on a RBI single by Braden Keathley and two more on a RBI double by Alan Wright. UWF regained a 4-3 lead in the top of the second on a two-out, two-RBI double by Richie Long off the center field wall.
West Florida added another run to go in front 5-3 in the top of the fourth inning on a RBI sacrifice fly by Josh Huggins to score Andrew Rodriguez who led the inning off with a triple. The Argos added four insurance runs in the top of the fifth inning on RBI hits by Leo Lamarche, Dustin Saulmon and Josh Huggins to take a 9-4 lead. CBU cut into the Argos lead on two sacrifice flys in the bottom of the fifth inning. UWF added four more runs in the top of the seventh inning on a three run bomb by Garrett Flynn and a RBI single by Saulmon to extend its cushion to 13-5.
UWF put the game out of reach scoring five runs in in the top of the eighth inning to go in front 18-5. Flynn blasted a two-run bomb, his second of the game, and Barber and Rodriguez added RBI hits in the inning.
Saulmon was 6-for-7 with four runs scored and two RBIs. The six hits ranks second in the GSC records books in hits in a single game. Flynn supplied the power for UWF going 3-6 with three runs, five RBIs and two homers.
Jake Stephens got the start on the hill for UWF and tossed 4.1 innings allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out two. Jordan DeLorenzo tallied the win in relief throwing 3.2 shutout innings surrendering just one hit while fanning five. CBU’s Mac Cooley received the loss allowing four runs on four hits in two innings of work.
In game two Saulmon continued to stay hot leading the game off with a double to right field. He would later come around and score from third on a throw to second attempting to catch Rodriquez stealing. CBU answered back in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run homer by Hunter Parham. CBU added three runs to their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on back-to-back RBI at bats by Parham and Mac Cooley to take a 6-1 advantage.
The Bucs would hold on to grab their first GSC win of the season, snapping a nine-game losing streak. The win marks the first time that Christian Brothers has defeated a ranked opponent since 2007, a span of 28 games.
Drew Bryson received the loss for UWF allowing six runs on six hits in 4.1 innings of work. Kevin Peters followed out of the bullpen and tossed 0.2 shutout innings while Josh Tanski threw the final inning for West Florida, allowing no runs. CBU’s Alex Sikes picked up the win allowing one run on three hits hurling a complete game.