COLUMBUS, Miss. – Owls baseball defeats Division II baseball program Lane College in doubleheader action 4-2 and 9-1 to advance to a 7-game winning streak and remain undefeated at home. With Sunday's victory, The W season record improves to 7-3.
GAME ONE (W, 4-2)
Game one of the day began as a battle of the pitchers with Owls starting pitcher Drew Williams and Dragons starter Malcom Davis having a successful first inning.
Due to an Owls outfielder error in the top of the second, Lane was able to begin the scoring effort with the first run of the day.
The W answered the run shortly after with a pair of runs scored in the bottom of the second. RJ Cox singled across second base to reach first and Nick Brooks advance to first on a walk to put Owl runners on first and second. To score, Brandon Jones singled to right center and advanced to second on the throw to bring Brooks and Cox home.
In the third and fourth inning, both defenses put up successful performances to provide two scoreless innings but Lane broke the streak in the top of the fifth with single run to tie the game at 2-2.
The Owls bats connected with the ball in the bottom of the sixth for the comeback. Damain Benefield started off the bottom of the inning with a walk. Cox landed his second hit of the game with a single to left center and Brooks planted a single to shortstop to load the bases to create the perfect situation for scoring.
For the first run in the sixth, Brandon Jones hit a bomb into left field but it was caught in the air for a sacrifice fly. With the fly, Benefield scored for Jones's RBI.
In a defensive strategy by the Dragons, Leon "Trey" Petite was walked intentionally which reloaded the bases.
Sumpter Bass planted the Owls second sacrifice fly of the inning to centerfield for the RBI and a run, closing the inning with The W ahead 4-2.
On the mound, Drew Williams pitched the entire 7-inning game to improve his record to 3-1. The freshman allowed six hits with two run (one earned) and six strikeouts.
GAME TWO (W, 9-1)
In the second game of the day, the Owls leapt ahead of the Dragons with a large second inning. The W was able to fire the bats and capitalize on Lane errors to score four runs in the bottom of the inning. Will Peters and Damain Benefield collected one RBI each and Heath Ford was credited with two in the inning.
Lane answered in the top of the third with a single run on an Owl defensive error to cut The W lead to 4-1.
The Owls came back in the bottom of the fourth to score three runs then ended the scoring effort in the bottom of the fifth with two additional runs.
In the fourth, Benefield, freshman infielder, delivered the first homerun in the programs history over the left field fence for two RBIs.
With the homerun and a couple of more hits in the game, Benefield had the most successful outing at the plate for the Owls. The Ranburne, Ala. Native saw four at-bats with three hits, one run, and three RBIs to assist in the victory.
On the mound, Will Peters pitched 5.0 innings for the win and to improve to 2-1 on the season. The starting pitcher allowed five hits and one unearned run with six strikeouts.
The Owls only senior Nick Brooks did well as a relief pitcher, pitching 2.0 innings and allowing no runs or hits with three strikeouts.
The Owls will travel to Jackson, Tenn. on Tuesday, March 4 for a second doubleheader match-up against Lane. The first pitch is scheduled for noon.
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