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Baron baseball downs Edwards Waters; swept by Shorter College
|The Barons round third base during Edward Waters College March 13, heading for a 5-2 finish.. (Photo by Ashley Byrd)
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON – The Brewton-Parker College baseball team swept Edward Waters College (EWC) in a doubleheader March 13. BPC finished 5-2 in the team’s latest home stand. The resulting momentum was quickly lost on the road over the weekend, however, when the Barons (15-11, 5-7 SSAC) couldn’t drive in runners resulting in a Shorter College sweep.
In game one of the EWC doubleheader, Baker Romine’s game winning hit in the 7th inning propelled BPC past EWC, 7-6. Josh Sasser and Josh Evans both turned in perfect 3-for-3 performances each with an RBI. Phillip Lee and Gary Stauff went 3-for-4 at the plate, with Stauff driving in an RBI. Phil Merrill finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Jopoey Fears and Jeremy Brown (1 RBI) each had a hit for the Barons. Ian Wright also had an RBI in the win.
Tremayne Holland, who pitched the final two innings in relief, picked up the win. He gave up no runs or hits and struck out four. Starter Jarrett Bristol went three innings and gave up six runs (three earned) on eight hits. He walked one and struck out two. Chance Callaway pitched the other two innings in relief, giving up no runs on one hit while striking out three.
Taking time for team spirit from the sidelines.
“(It’s) great to see our guys battle versus good teams,” said Barons head coach Hayne Brant. “In the first game we played neck and neck for seven innings (and came) out on top with (Baker’s) game winning hit.”
Game two saw the Barons explode offensively as BPC completed the doubleheader sweep, 9-3. The Barons were led by Stauff (3-for-4, 3 RBIs) and Merrill (2-for-3, 3 RBIs). Wright (2-for-3) and Lee (2-for-4, 1 RBI) were productive at the plate as well. Evans and Brown also had hits for the Barons.
Starter Brian Stauff went five innings on the mound to pick up the win. He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and struck out two. JF Neveu notched a save by pitching the final two innings and giving up no runs or hits while striking out three.
“Our bats really came alive and we capitalized on their mistakes,” said Brant. “I am happy with the way we played.”
In the three-game series against Shorter, the Barons hit a combined 3-for-26 (.115 avg.) with runners in scoring position as Shorter completed the conference series sweep (5-1, 4-2, 5-2).
“Our pitchers kept us in all the (games) this weekend, and we had a chance to win each one,” said Brant. “We did not get a bounce to go our way all weekend. If you cannot get the runner in when they are in scoring position, then you will not win many games.”
Merrill (2-for-3) and Evans (2-for-4) led the Barons in game one. Romine, G. Stauff (1 RBI), and Fears each added a hit.
Starter Shaun O’Toole picked up the loss after pitching the entire eight innings. He gave up five runs (all earned) on seven hits. He walked two and struck out six.
Sasser (3-for-3, 1 RBI) and Wright (2-for-3, 1 RBI) were the offensive leaders in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, with G. Stauff and Kyle Smith also picking up hits.
Tremayne Holland, who pitched a complete game, took the loss. He gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits. He walked one and struck out eleven.
In the second game, the Barons were led at the plate by Sasser (2-for-3, 2 RBIs). Wright, Evans, and Fears each had a hit.
Neveu, who started the game, picked up the loss. He gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits over four and two thirds innings. He walked one and struck out six. Callaway pitched the remaining one and one third inning and struck out one.
The Barons returned home for a non-conference game March 20 against the Thomas University Night Hawks of Thomasville, Ga. The team travels to Marietta this weekend for a three-game conference series against Southern Polytechnic State University.