|Hot bats propel EMCC Lions to division baseball sweep at Northeast Mississippi|
BOONEVILLE – Pounding out 31 hits on the afternoon, the Lions of East Mississippi Community College claimed a road doubleheader sweep over division foe Northeast Mississippi, 17-7 and 8-2, Wednesday afternoon at Harold T. White Field.
With 20 hits in the opener, the Lions used a nine-run fourth inning to break a 5-5 tie and break open the contest. After leading off the game with his second home run of the year, sophomore Tyler Aldridge got things rolling in the fourth with his first of two doubles in the inning. The Lions had seven hits in the frame and sent 13 batters to the plate in matching their highest single-game run total of the year in the fourth inning alone.
A former Caledonia High School product, Aldridge paced EMCC’s offensive explosion in the first game with a 4-for-6 effort at the plate, which also included four runs batted in and four runs scored along with his leadoff homer and pair of doubles. Mitch Bohon, Zane Migues, Tyler Bonaventure and Brett Tortorich all had three hits apiece for the Lions in the opener, while Antwan Ratcliff added two triples in the contest.
On the mound, EMCC sophomore right-hander Justin Pritchett improved his mark to 2-3 on the year, giving up just two runs on four hits in four innings of middle relief for starter Will Edwards. Edwards pitched into the third inning, allowing a run in the first and four more in the second before giving way to Pritchett.
While EMCC’s hot bats provided the story line in the first game, Blake Hutcheson’s complete-game pitching performance made headlines for the Lions in the nightcap. The freshman left-hander from Saltillo limited the home-standing Tigers to just five hits – four singles and a double - over seven innings of work to raise his season record to 2-5. Northeast’s runs came in the final two innings.
Adding 11 hits in the second game, the Lions had four players with multiple-hit outings. Bonaventure, a freshman from Brusly, La., had three more hits in the nightcap to total six on the day. Tortorich, Alex Chick and Noah Greer all followed with two hits apiece.
Improving to 10-21 overall on the season, but 8-4 within the MACJC’s North Division, the EMCC Lions travel to Fulton to take on Itawamba CC in a key Saturday doubleheader against the Indians. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at ICC’s Crubaugh Field.
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 April 2011 )|
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