Third-ranked St. Edward's drops two games to start 2014 season
AUSTIN, Texas -- A six-run rally in the eighth inning, highlighted by an Evan Ruiz two-out, two-run single allowed Ouachita Baptist (2-0) to comeback against No. 3 St. Edward's (Texas) and complete an opening day sweep with an 8-6 win. Sophomore Josh Reeves (1-0) picked up the win in relief.
St. Edward's held a 3-1 lead against the Tigers heading into the seventh inning. Ouachita's lone run came in the fourth inning when a balk by a St. Edward's pitcher allowed Jace Melby to score from third. The Tigers were retired in order in the top-half of the inning.
Tiger starter Luis De Jesus had scattered nine hits through six innings and struck out three. De Jesus pitched well, keeping the ball down and forcing nine groundouts. He was replaced by Reeves with one out and two runners on in the bottom of the seventh. St. Edward's drove those runners home with a two-out double.
St. Edward's scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to extend their lead to 6-1 against Ouachita. They scored three runs on one hit and one error.
In the top-half of the eighth, Justin Weigel doubled to left center. Back-to-back singles by Tyler Faught and Chris Tavares scored Weigel. Will Wallace reached on a throwing error in the next at-bat, allowing Faught to score.
St. Edward's made a pitching change to stop the rally, but were unsuccessful. The Tigers would score on a two-RBI double by Ruiz that resulted in four runs after two throwing errors by St. Edward's. Parker Norris would triple, but would be left one third. The Tigers scored six runs on five hits and three errors in the eighth.
Will Wallace would add another RBI in the top of the ninth on a bases-loaded walk, scoring Weigel. Kyle Matusoff would pitch two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, to pick up the save.
Grayson Pratt would get the loss for St. Edward's.
No. 1 Tampa 2, Bentley 1
No. 1 Tampa 5, Bentley 2
TAMPA, Fla. -- Top-ranked Tampa swept its opening day doubleheader against Bentley by scores of 2-1 in the first game and a 5-2 win in the night cap.
Junior Nick Tindall hit the lone home run of the wood bat series, launching a two-run shot in the second game. The catcher finished the day with three hits and two RBI along with a run scored. Centerfielder Connor Obrochta roped a triple in the first game and followed up with three stolen bases in the second. The senior crossed the plate three times for Tampa.
The Spartans unleashed a 12-hit effort in the first game, despite a close 2-1 victory. Three batters notched a pair of hits at the top of the order in Obrochta, Orlando Rivera, and Tyler Ding.
No. 4 Mount Olive 9, Winston-Salem State 5
No. 4 Mount Olive 4, Winston-Salem State 1
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Chase Edwards' two-run double and DeAndre Allen's three-run double highlighted a six-run third inning as fourth-ranked Mount Olive defeated Winston-Salem State 9-5 in game one of a non-conference baseball doubleheader Saturday. Trojan starting pitcher Alex Regan went six innings allowing four runs over eight hits and striking out seven to earn his first win of the season. Saturday's doubleheader marked the season openers for both teams.
In game two of the doubleheader the Trojans loaded the bases in the first inning that all started with Zak Orrison's single to shortstop. Orrison and Bradon Reitano scored on a fielder's choice to give Mount Olive the early 2-0 advantage.
The sole run for the Rams came off a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third after the bases were loaded after two hit batters and a walk. This became the only offence for Winston-Salem State as the Mount Olive pitching staff shut down the rams for the remainder of the game only allowing six hits scattered throughout the last six innings.
Mount Olive got back to work scoring its' third run of the game after Reitano walked in the sixth. Reitano advanced to second on a ground to the pitcher and scored on Rob Shipman's rbi-single to center field.
The Trojans finished off the game in the eighth when back-to-back singles by Orrison and Reitano were capped off with Edward's rbi-single that scored Orrison giving Mount Olive its final run of the nightcap 4-1.
Brody McDonald got the win in the game number two as he came in and pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Jordy Farthing. Derek Justice earned his first save on the year going three innings allowing just three hits and striking out two.
Fresno Pacific 4, No. 8 Chico State 3
No. 8 Chico State 4, Fresno Pacific 1
CHICO, Calif. -- In a flash, Gordon Deacon flew out of the dugout and saved opening day for No. 8 Chico State. Deacon drilled a go-ahead pinch two-run single to right field to lift the Wildcats to a 4-1 win and doubleheader split against Fresno Pacific Saturday afternoon at Nettleton Stadium.
The Sunbirds scored two in the eighth to beat Chico State 4-3 in the opener.
Chico State trailed 1-0 in the second game before a hobbled Eric Angerer came off the bench with a pinch-hit RBI single in the fifth to tie it. Deacon was summoned off the bench with runners on first and second, presumably to bunt. But following a balk the transfer from Mission Community College got the green light and took advantage.
Marcos Lara earned the win in his first start as a Wildcat, allowing a run on six hits in five innings. He struck out five and didn't surrender a walk. Luke Barker collected the save with two scoreless innings.
No. 8 South Carolina-Aiken 8, Lincoln Memorial 2
AIKEN, S.C. -- South Carolina-Aiken powered past Lincoln Memorial by an 8-2 count Saturday afternoon in the season-opening contest for both programs.
Leading the way for head coach Kenny Thomas' team was Ben Donath, who registered a three-for-four performance. He had two RBI and scored twice. Kody Belcher, Tyler Moore, T.J. Costen and Sean Miller all added two hits. Belcher had two RBI while Matt Bosse, Costen and Miller each had one.
Derek Beasley worked five innings of one-hit ball to earn the victory. He struck out three and walked just two. Nick Yobbi tossed two scoreless innings while Caleb Smith posted a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts for the victors.
The Pacers tallied eight runs on 12 hits while allowing just two runs on three hits. LMU committed two errors. The Railsplitters left eight runners on base compared to six by USC Aiken.