|EMCC Lions drop Sunday baseball doubleheader at Pearl River, 4-0 and 7-3|
POPLARVILLE – The East Mississippi Community College baseball team concluded a rugged first month of mostly road action by dropping a doubleheader at Pearl River, 4-0 and 7-3, Sunday evening at Wildcat Stadium.
With 14 of their first 16 games of the season having been played away from home, first-year head coach Chris Rose’s EMCC Lions welcome the opportunity to begin an upcoming three-date homestand Saturday against Copiah-Lincoln. Doubleheader action against Co-Lin is set for a 1 p.m. starting time at Gerald Poole Field on the Scooba campus. The Lions are then slated to resume MACJC North Division action next week by playing host to Itawamba on Wednesday (March 16) and Mississippi Delta one week from Saturday (March 19). Next week’s division twinbills are both set to commence at 3 p.m. in Scooba.
In the first game of Sunday’s EMCC-PRCC doubleheader that was postponed from Saturday due to rain, the Lions managed four hits in the first three innings off Wildcat starter Buck Bernard, including putting runners at second and third with only one out on singles by Tyler Aldridge and Alex Chick. However, Bernard, a Southeastern Louisiana signee, was able to get out of the first-inning jam by fanning the next two EMCC batters.
Unfortunately for the visitors, that was the primary scoring opportunity in the opening contest, as the Lions were only able to manage one additional base runner after the third inning. Bernard went six innings, striking out nine, to earn the victory for the Wildcats. Sophomore right-hander Will Edwards, of Kosciusko, pitched well in defeat for the Lions in the opener, giving up just three hits and an unearned run in the first while striking out seven and walking three in five innings of work.
The Lions got on the scoreboard first in the nightcap with a first-inning RBI single by Chick that plated Spencer Wilson, who had previously singled and moved around on an error. Pearl River answered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the frame on a sacrifice fly by Matthew Magee. The Wildcats went up 2-1 in the third on another sacrifice fly by Dakota Baker.
In chasing EMCC starter Blake Hutcheson, of Saltillo, in the fifth inning, Pearl River plated three more runs on just one hit – a two-run single by B.J. Smith – as Lion hurlers combined for four walks, a wild pitch and a hit batsman in the frame. The resilient Lions did come back in the next inning to close the gap to 5-3 on an RBI double by Zane Migues, who later scored on a wild pitch. With two hits in the nightcap and three on the day, Chick, of Hernando, added a single in the sixth for the visitors.
Improving to 12-2 on the year, including a Feb. 19 sweep (2-0 & 11-4) of the Lions in Scooba, the Wildcats tallied a pair of insurance runs in the sixth to account for the 7-3 final in the nightcap. EMCC fell to 1-15 on the year, including a current nine-game losing skid.
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