|EMCC earns home doubleheader baseball split with John Wood CC|
SCOOBA – Will Edwards’ five-inning no-hitter helped the East Mississippi baseball team earn a doubleheader split with John Wood Community College Friday afternoon at Gerald Poole Field on the Scooba campus. The Lions banged out a dozen hits in a 12-0 mercy-rule win in the opener, but dropped a 6-5 decision in the nightcap.
A freshman right-hander from Kosciusko, Edwards faced one batter over the minimum in picking up his first collegiate win. In his five innings of work, he struck out six, including the first four hitters he faced, and walked but two.
Offensively in Friday’s first contest against the Illinois-based school, EMCC had five batters with multiple hits and four with a pair of runs batted in. With the Lions scoring multiple runs in each of their four offensive innings, sophomore Alex Lummus led the way with a 3-for-4 effort, including two RBI and two runs scored. The former Oak Hill Academy standout went 5-for-7, including two triples, on the afternoon with four runs batted in and three runs scored.
As a team, EMCC had two triples and a pair of doubles in the opener, while adding two more doubles and another triple in the second contest.
In the nightcap, the home-standing Lions spotted the visiting Trail Blazers a 6-0 lead before getting their offense going late in the game. With sophomore right-hander Cody Pounders cooling off the JWCC hitters with four scoreless innings of relief work, EMCC got on the board with a solo tally in the fourth inning and three more runs the following frame. Lummus had a line drive triple in the right-center field gap to plate two runs, while freshman Billy Autrey of Columbus followed with a run-scoring double to the opposite field during the Lions’ three-run fifth inning.
Playing at home for the first time since splitting their Feb. 14 season-opening doubleheader with Copiah-Lincoln, East Mississippi had a chance to pull even or possibly pull off the sweep in the bottom of the seventh inning. Trailing 6-4 with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, sophomore Drew Vaughan found the hole between shortstop and third base with a run-scoring single. However, JWCC shortstop Nick Burke made a diving stop deep in the hole and ran down pinch-runner David Williams trying to get back to third base on Vaughan’s infield single. Tyler Aldridge followed with a game-ending fly out to left field.
Along with stranding seven runners over the final four innings of the nightcap, the Lions also had three runners either picked off or caught stealing in the contest.
Vaughan and Autrey each enjoyed 3-for-4 outings in the second contest, as EMCC once again had five players with multiple-hit efforts. A product of Columbus’ Heritage Academy, Vaughan went 5-for-7 on the day, with a double and a triple, along with four RBI and two runs scored. Autrey, the starting center on EMCC’s state championship football team this past fall, was also 5-for-7 for the afternoon with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in.
Head coach Tony Montgomery’s 8-6 EMCC Lions will again face John Wood CC Saturday morning in an 11 a.m. rubber match on the Scooba campus, before playing host to Southwest Mississippi later in the day at 4 p.m.
|Last Updated ( Friday, 26 February 2010 )|
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