Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles earned a 4-3 win behind the pitching of Tyler Erickson in game one, but came up short in game two as LeTourneau overcame a 5-0 deficit to pick up a 8-7 win.
Erickson (4-5) issued just one walk and was charged with two earned runs over seven innings of work. LeTourneau (13-18, 7-8 ASC) had three of its nine hits in the first inning and led 2-0 after one frame. Erickson settled in and allowed a run in the third, but then shutout the YellowJackets the rest of the game. LeTourneau held a 3-0 lead after the top of the third before Chris Driedric drove in a run. In the fourth, Ozarks (9-21, 2-10 ASC) evened the score 3-3 when Michael Prusator recorded an RBI single and Peyton Johnigan had a sacrifice fly to score one. The Eagles then manufactured a run in classic baseball fashion in the sixth to score the go-ahead run. Tony Morales led off the bottom of the frame with a sharp single to right field. Tyler Hydrick pinch ran for Morales and was advanced to second on a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by Ian Bryan. After LeTourneau forced a fly out, Sam Shook delivered a single through the right side of the infield to score Hydrick. Erickson then took care of the rest as he notched a strikeout and a groundout to get two outs. With a runner on board, Erickson fanned Chris Mertram swinging to secure the game.
Freddy Prince, Nick Brill, Morales and Shook each had two hits.
In game two, the Eagles were unable to hold a 5-0 fourth inning lead as LeTourneau stormed back to plate six runs in the top of the fifth. In the first, Prince tripled in a pair of runs and Brill had an RBI single to put Ozarks in front 3-0. In the third, Ozarks added two more scores on a Morales sacrifice fly and a Chris Young RBI single. The Eagles tied the game, 6-6, in the sixth, and then took a 7-6 lead in the seventh behind another Morales sacrifice fly. But LeTourneau’s Matt Leftwich recorded a two-run single to push across the winning run in the ninth.
Ian Bryan (1-1) took the loss. Young and Johnigan had three hits apiece.
Ozarks will travel to McAlester, Oklahoma, to face Austin College April 10 in a non-conference game.