TOUGALOO, Miss. - The Owls baseball team split the day with the Tougaloo College Bulldogs on Sunday, April 8. The W dropped one and grabbed one, falling 9-6 in game one but picking up game two 10-7. With the series behind them, the Owls move to 17-10 on the season.
GAME ONE (L, 9-6)
The Owls struggled to get the ball going in game one, finding themselves behind 6-0 after four innings. The W continued to battle to cut down Tougaloo's lead with four runs in the top of the fifth.
The Owls fight pushed on with two additional runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game. The Bulldogs proved to be a formidable opponent making the tie short lived with three runs in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.
At the plate, Austin Sparks took the loss on the mound. The freshman right-hander entered the game in the bottom of the sixth. He pitched two innings for one strikeout, two hits against, and three earned runs.
Drew Williams pitched the first part of the game for 4.0 innings, two strikeouts, and six runs (four earned).
GAME TWO (W, 10-7)
Despite the Bulldogs out-hitting The W 13-8, the Owls were able to get runners in scoring position to outlast Tougaloo and take the victory.
The Owls started on top leading the Bulldogs 7-2 at the end of three. Tougaloo rallied for a comeback, scoring one run in the fourth, two runs in the fifth, and two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game.
With a 7-7 lock at the end of seven, the game was pushed past the scheduled seven innings. Both teams went scoreless in the eighth but the Owls were able put up three runs in the ninth to take the lead for the win.
Will Peters pitched the entire 9-inning game for the Owls victory on the mound. The freshman from Tallassee, Ala. delivered four strikeouts with seven earned runs.
RJ Cox hit his first homerun of the season on a 1-for-4 appearance with one RBI and two runs.
Coah Wolf's Thoughts
"Guys finished well today. We had some errors and things that didn't go our way ultimately ended up costing us the first game. I have to give the guys credit. They bounced back the second game and held the lead until late in the game when Tougaloo tied it up in the seventh. We went into extra innings and finally in the ninth we scored three runs on a two out rally started by Sumpter Bass who singled. Will Peters pitched all nine-innings and did a heck of a job keeping the game close and earning the win. Also, I am happy for RJ Cox, one of our catchers, who hit his first home run of his young career tonight in the second game. This is the type of win that matures teams and for these guys to be winning like this, especially with us being as young as we are, makes me very proud."
The Owls will head back to the state capitol on Wednesday, April 11 to face Belhaven University. The first pitch of the single-game matchup is set for 4 p.m.