JACKSON, Tenn. – The Owls baseball team puts another sweep under its belt, defeating Lane College 17-2 and 7-4 in its first road game since opening weekend. With the pair of wins, The W improves to 9-3 on the season and pushed its winning-streak to nine straight games.
Game One (W 17-2)
The Owls bats caught fire in the first game of the day allowing The W to catch an early 4-0 lead with four runs scored in the top of the first inning.
The Dragons scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Owls lead to 4-2.
In the top of the fifth. The Owls answered i with four additional runs to secure an 8-2 lead.
Still pushing towards a strong close, The W scored three runs in the sixth and six runs in the seventh to close the game at 17-2.
Taking the lead at the plate, Brandon Jones had the best outing with four at-bats, two hits, three runs, and four RBIs. Nicholas Brooks lead the team with five RBIs and RJ Cox and Heath Ford tied with the most runs of the game with four each.
On the mound, David Standifer garnered his first win with 4.0 innings pitched for four hits against, two strikeouts, and two earned runs.
Game Two (W, 7-4)
Still riding on the momentum of a first game win, the Owls did not give up despite being down 2-1 after one inning of play.
In the top of the second, The W came back scoring one run on an error by the Dragons third baseman and one run on a passed ball to take their first lead of the game 3-1.
Both teams went scoreless in the third but the Owls were able to extend their lead to 5-2 in the top of the fourth. Will Peters scored an unearned run on an error by Lane's catcher and Johndavid Birdsong singled for an RBI to send Heath Ford home for an unearned run.
The W grabbed runs in the top of the fifth and the top of the seventh but a homerun in the bottom of the sixth gave the Dragons two more runs to end the game 7-4.
At the plate, Sumpter Bass led the team going 2-for-4 with two hits and one RBI.
On the mound, Jose Ortiz grabbed his first win, pitching 5.2 inning with eight hits against, three runs (one earned), and seven strikeouts.
Coach Wolf's Thoughts
Speaking on the victorious doubleheader, Coach Matt Wolf stated that he was "really proud of the guys tonight. In the first game, we hit the ball well as a team and played good defense. [We] had stellar pitching from David Standifer, Eiland Cleckler, and Cartez Posey. Posey made the best of his pitching debut with 2 strikeouts and one hit to close the game in our favor. Also in game one, I was really proud of Austin Woodall who was the designated hitter and had a big base clearing double, racking up three RBIs.
"I was very proud of the way our guys battled in the second game tonight. They had some good pitching which was definitely matched by our starter Jose Ortiz. Ortiz dominated his way into the sixth and then handed it over to Eiland Cleckler who bulldogged his way into the earned save. Also, congrats to Sumpter Bass who had a solo shot in the seventh to help secure our win."
The Owls will be back in action when they head to Sewanee, Tenn. to face Sewanee: The University of the South on Saturday, March 9 for a three-game series. The W will enter the series 9-3 while Sewanee currently holds a record of 1-11.
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