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Baron baseball enjoys four-game winning streak
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON – The Brewton-Parker College baseball team continues to make Hayne Brant’s job as a first-year head coach look easy.
After opening the season by defeating Tennessee Temple and splitting a doubleheader against Union University, the Barons (6-1, 0-0 SSAC) put together a four-game winning streak over the weekend. BPC defeated Southeastern University Feb. 8 in Lakeland, Fla. (6-3) and Clearwater Christian College Feb. 9-10 in Clearwater, Fla. (11-0, 7-5, 10-0).
“(This) was a great trip,” said Brant. “It is nice to go down to Florida and come home with four wins.”
Against Southeastern, the Barons were led by Josh Sasser (2-for-3), Kyle Smith (1-for-3, 1 RBI), Gary Stauff (1-for-3, 2 RBI), Matt Stanley (2 RBI), and Baker Romine (1 RBI).
On the mound, Randy Griffin (1-0) went five innings giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits. He walked three and struck out seven. Chance Callaway pitched the sixth inning in relief giving up one run (earned) on two hits. Brian Stauff notched his first save of the season pitching the final three innings. He gave up no runs while allowing only one hit. He walked two and struck out six.
In the opening game of the Clearwater Christian series, the Barons took advantage of six Clearwater errors and continued to have solid hitting from the middle of the lineup, routing the Cougars, 11-0.
BPC was led by Josh Evans (3-for-4), Sasser (2-for-2, 3 RBI), Josh King (2-for-2, 2 RBI), Stanley (2-for-3, 2 RBI), G. Stauff (2-for-2, 1 RBI), Griffin (1 RBI), and Kale Lewis (1 RBI).
Shaun O’Toole (1-0) pitched a seven inning, three hit shutout. He walked one and struck out six.
In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, BPC was able to overcome committing five errors while holding off the Cougars, 7-5.
G. Stauff led the Barons at the plate, going 2-for-3. Griffin (1-for-3, 1 RBI), Ian Wright (1-for-3), Phil Merrill (1-for-1, 1 RBI), Evans (1-for-4, 1 RBI), Stanley (1-for-3), Phillip Lee (1-for-1), and Romine (1 RBI) provided the offense needed to pick up the win.
JF Neveu (3-0) continues to have a prefect season, going the full seven innings during this game. He gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits while striking out eight.
Game two saw the Barons blow a close game open in the third inning, exploding for six runs en route to a 10-0 shutout of the Cougars.
Lee led the Barons in game two, going 1-for-2 and driving in three RBI. Griffin (2-for-3) and Evans (1-for-3) both had two RBI, while Stanley and Merrill both went 1-for-2 and drove in an RBI. Romine was 2-for-3 and had one RBI for the game.
Tremayne Holland (1-0, 1 save) went the distance for the Barons, pitching five shutout innings. He gave up only one hit, walked one, and struck out five.
Over the four games, the Barons had a team batting average of .346 and outscored their opponents by an average of 8-2.
“The guys played hard,” said Brant. “Our bats are hot right now and players keep stepping up in the right situations. Our pitchers are throwing a lot of strikes and missing a lot of bats. If you can do those things, most of the time you will come out on top.”
The Barons ended their road trip against the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Feb. 13. They will play SCAD in Hinesville Feb. 20 before returning home for the conference opener against Auburn University-Montgomery. The three game series begins Feb. 23.