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Berry College takes two of three from BPC
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON – With only two weekends left in the regular season, head coach Hayne Brant knows that if his Brewton-Parker College baseball team is going to advance to postseason play, they have to win the close games. Unfortunately for the Barons (18-20, 7-14 SSAC), the Berry College Vikings won two of those close games in this past weekend’s three-game series.
“We played hard all three games,” said Brant. “As a coach, all you can ask for is a chance to win in the late innings. We had that chance but couldn’t get it done.”
Led by Josh Evans (3-for-5, one RBI) and Gary Stauff (2-for-4, one RBI), BPC scored five runs in a furious comeback in the bottom of the ninth of Friday’s game before falling to the Vikings, 10-8. Phillip Lee, Kale Lewis (one RBI), Brandon Stevens (two RBIs), Josh King (one RBI) and Brandon Arnold (one RBI) all had hits for the Barons, while Jimmy Dean drove in the other RBI.
Tremayne Holland took the loss on the mound, pitching six and two-thirds innings. He gave up seven runs (four earned) on seven hits. He walked five a struck out ten. Chance Callaway, Brian Stauff and Jarrett Bristol pitched in relief, combining for three runs (two earned) on three hits. Together they walked one and struck out three.
There was more of a defensive struggle in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, with both teams tied 1-1 going into extra innings. Berry outscored BPC 2-1 in the ninth to slip away, 3-2. Evans once again led the Barons at the plate, going 2-for-4. G. Stauff (one RBI), Dean, Josh Sasser and Kyle Mercer also finished with hits. Ian Wright turned in the additional RBI.
Starter Shaun O’Toole went the distance – pitching eight and two-thirds innings – and picked up the loss. He gave up three runs (all earned) on eight hits. He walked three and struck out ten.
The second game of the doubleheader was again a defensive showdown. Thanks to clutch hits by Evans (one RBI), Dean (one RBI) and Evan Pedrick, the Barons managed to push two runs across and escape, 2-1. Lee (1-for-2) and Lewis (1-for-3) also contributed offensively in the win.
JF Neveu pitched a complete game and gave up one run (earned) on four hits. He walked one and struck out eleven to earn the win.
The Barons traveled to Thomasville, Ga. April 10 to face Thomas University. The team travels to Faulkner University this weekend for a three-game series. BPC’s last regular season home game will be April 17 at 6 p.m. against the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).