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Baron baseball splits with Milligan College; wins SWU series
|Barons pitcher, Tremayne Holland, a junior from Claxton, puts all his energy into his pitching against the Southern Wesleyan Warriors Saturday, March 10 on the Baron Field. (Photo by Ashley Byrd)
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON – So far, the Brewton-Parker College baseball team has made the most of a seven game home stand by winning three of the first five games.
“I was glad to see our guys come together as a team,” said head coach Hayne Brant. “We played hard and came out on top.”
In the opening game of a two game series against Milligan College from Tennessee, the Barons (13-8, 5-4 SSAC) saw the heart of their lineup hit for a combined .188 average (3-for-16) in a 3-0 loss to the Buffaloes. Josh Evans was hitless for the game, turning in a 0-for-4 performance. Josh Sasser, Matt Stanley and Gary Stauff each went 1-for-4. Phillip Lee, Phil Merrill, Jeremy Brown and Kyle Smith each had a hit for the Barons.
Brian Stauff picked up the loss on the mound. He pitched five and two-thirds innings giving up the three runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked three and struck out five. Chance Callaway and Andrew Brooks pitched in relief and together gave up no runs on two hits. They walked one and struck out two.
Led by Sasser’s 2-for-4, 1 RBI performance in game two, the Barons were able to split the series with the Buffaloes by winning, 4-2. Smith (1-for-3) had the team’s other RBI. Lee, Brown, Evan Pedrick and Kale Lewis each had a hit in the win.
JF Neveu, who pitched in relief of starter Jarrett Bristol, picked up the win. He pitched two scoreless innings, giving up no hits and striking out four. Bristol went five innings, giving up two runs (all earned) on six hits and walked one. Tremayne Holland picked up the save, pitching the final two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out two.
The Barons returned to conference play over the weekend with a three game series against the Southern Wesleyan Warriors. BPC had more offensive production to open this series compared to the Milligan series but still fell short, 11-5. G. Stauff, Merrill and Ian Wright led the team with 2-for-4 performances, with Wright driving in 2 RBIs. Sasser and Lewis each went 1-for-3, while Sasser had an RBI. Lee and Jopoey Fears also had hits. Evans finished with the team’s other RBI.
Starter Shaun O’toole picked up the loss, pitching six innings. He gave up six runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked four and struck out five. B. Stauff and Callaway pitched the final two innings in relief, together giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits. They walked two and struck out two.
Led by G. Stauff’s 1-for-4, four RBIs performance in game two, the Barons’ bats exploded for 13 hits en route to an 11-4 win. Over the course of the game, BPC sent a total of 12 batters to the plate with 10 picking up at least one hit. Evans (3-for-4, 1 RBI) and Sasser (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) were productive at the plate, with Lee, Merrill, Wright, Fears, Brown, Baker Romine and Brandon Stevens each getting a hit in the game. Stevens drove in 2 RBIs while Romine had one.
Holland pitched a complete game to pick up the win. He gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out five.
In the final game of the series, the Barons again exploded for 13 hits in an 8-5 victory. Romine (3-for-3, 1 RBI) and Sasser (3-for-4, 3 RBIs) were BPC’s offensive leaders. Ray Meyers went 2-for-4, while Merrill, G. Stauff, Wright, Brown and Kyle Mercer each had a hit. Wright finished with 2 RBIs, with Merrill and G. Stauff each driving in one.
On the mound, the Barons once again got a complete game from their starting pitcher. Neveu went the full seven innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits. He walked three and struck out six.
The seven game home stand concluded March 13 against Edward Waters College. The Barons then travel to Rome, Ga. for a three game weekend series March 16-17 against Shorter College.