Baseball Delivers Shutout in Rust Doubleheader Victory

Johndavid Birdsong, First Baseman; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
Johndavid Birdsong, First Baseman; Photo Credit: Owls Communication

COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls baseball team picked up another doubleheader sweep against NAIA foe Rust College on Wednesday, April 4. The W has been running hot for most of the season, grabbing a number four ranking in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association and moving to 15-9 on the season.

Game One (W, 15-0)
The Owls played well in game one to record their first shutout of the season.

Taking his second win on the mound, freshman pitcher David Standifer pitched 6.0 innings for three strikeouts, six hits against, and no earned runs.

At the plate, Brandon Jones had the best outing with a 3-for-3 appearance and added three runs and two RBIs to the Owls scoring effort.

Proving that he is the Owl power hitter, Damain Benefield hit his fifth homerun of the season on four at-bats for one hit, two runs, and three RBIs.

Other standout Owls include Heath Ford who lead the team with five RBIs and Will Peters who tied Jones for a game high of three runs.

As a team, The W saw 15 runs on 13 hits while committing two errors and Rust tallied seven hits with six errors.

Game Two (W, 10-4)

Despite finding themselves behind on the scoreboard 3-1 after the third inning, the Owls rallied together to defeat the Bearcats 10-4.

On the mound for The W, Jose Ortiz received his first pitching win of the season. The Mobile, Ala. native pitched 5.0 innings for one strikeout, three runs (two earned), and four hits against. Stepping on to the mound in the sixth, Austin Sparks was credited with his first save. The freshman right-hander pitched 2.0 innings for one runs and three hits against.

At the plate, Heath Ford and Leon "Trey" Petite led the Owls with two RBIs each and both Will Peters and Prince Tolbert made it home twice for two runs.

In game two, The W scored 10 runs on seven hits with two errors while Rust scored four runs, also on seven hits, with three errors.

Coach Wolf's Thoughts

"The guys did a real good job today all the way around the field in both games. We had great pitching from David Standifer, Jose Ortiz, and Austin Sparks. These guys are starting to step up big time as our pitching staff is developing. We put the bat on the ball well today and ran bases well. Once against for the most part we made the simple easy plays and didn't give our opponent much of an opportunity to put up non-earned runs. Overall [it was] a great day today and [I am] very proud of these guys.

Up Next

The Owls baseball team will be back in action on Saturday, March 24 when it travels to Tougaloo, Miss. to take on the Tougaloo Bulldogs. The first pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.

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