|EMCC Lions earn first baseball DH sweep of season with 9-5 and 4-0 home wins over Southwest|
SCOOBA – The East Mississippi Community College baseball team claimed its first doubleheader sweep of the season by downing visiting Southwest Mississippi Community College, 9-5 and 4-0, in non-division action late Tuesday afternoon at EMCC’s Gerald Poole Field.
In the opener, the home-standing Lions banged out 14 hits, including three for extra bases, to rally from an early 2-0 deficit. The Bears went on top, 2-0, in their half of the third inning on a two-run home run by Johnny McKenzie off EMCC starter Corbin Johnson. An inning later, the Lions tied things up, 2-2, when Ismael Reyes singled home two runs after Holden Watts, Zane Migues and Jason Yarbor had led off the inning by loading up the bases with successive singles.
After Southwest went back ahead, 4-2, in the top of the fifth by scoring a pair of runs off Smokey Ethridge, the Lions would ultimately make him the game one winner on the mound by scoring four runs in the bottom half of the inning. The initial damage came on Migues’ team-leading third home run of the year, scoring courtesy runner Cody Berryhill. After a second Southwest error in the inning allowed Yarbor to reach base, EMCC moved ahead, 6-4, on subsequent back-to-back, two-out triples by Aaron Brady and Leroy Wilson.
The Bears managed an unearned run off reliever Tyler Jones in the sixth, but the Lions added three more insurance runs in the bottom of the frame to account for the 9-5 final. Migues capped his 3-for-4 outing at the plate by singling in Tyler Bonaventure, who had walked to open the inning and advanced to second on a passed ball. In addition to his three runs batted in, Migues later scored his third run of the game when he and Yarbor came around to score on Reyes’ second two-run single of the contest.
Reyes, from Northeast Lauderdale, finished the opener 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs. Watts and Yarbor also had two hits apiece for the winners in game one.
The nightcap featured a combined two-hit shutout from EMCC hurlers Blake Thomas, Dillon Hawkins and Blake Roberts. In facing just 27 Southwest batters in the seven-inning contest, the trio collectively struck out six and only allowed singles to Connor Goodspeed and McKenzie in the second and third innings, respectively.
The only offense the Lions would need in game two came in the second inning on Leroy Wilson’s leadoff home run - his third of the season to tie Migues for EMCC’s team lead. Wilson, a former Columbus High School product, knocked in two more runs the next inning with a single up the middle, plating Yarbor and Bonaventure after they had reached via a walk and error, respectively, and advanced on a passed ball. Brady’s two-out RBI single then completed the scoring in the nightcap.
Coach Chris Rose’s 10-12 EMCC Lions, 1-3 in MACJC North Division play after splitting at Holmes and being swept at home by Northwest Mississippi last week, are set to close out their current week-long home stand by entertaining division rival Itawamba Community College on Saturday. Doubleheader action between the Lions and Indians is slated to begin at 1 p.m. on the Scooba campus.
|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 March 2012 )|
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