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Baseball Team Opens Season 4-0 With Sweep

February 11, 2005
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.--The Eagles pulled out their second consecutive sweep this season with two impressive wins over Brescia University on Friday afternoon in Clarksville.

With the wins, Ozarks moves to 4-0 for the first time since joining the American Southwest Conference in 1996. The Eagles (4-0, 0-0) blasted Brescia (0-2, 0-0) 10-2 and recorded 13 hits in the opening game of their double-header. The Eagles jumped on Brescia early, holding a commanding 9-0 advantage after two innings of play. Ozarks took a quick 5-0 lead in the first when Justin Brown, Caleb Hilton, Anthony Brandon, Robby Finnell and Todd Koch each crossed the plate. Hilton, Brandon, Finnell and Chris Harrell all recorded hits in the inning, with Brandon recording two RBI and Brian Heckmann, Kyle Hudson and Harrell all tallying one RBI apiece. The hot-hitting Eagles wouldn’t be finished though as Ozarks added four more runs in the second inning thanks in part to a three-run homer by Brandon. Heckmann would add an RBI single brining in Koch for their final run of the second inning. Ozarks would tack on two more runs in the sixth when Brandon’s double gave him his fifth and sixth RBI of the game. Brandon went 4-for-4 in the win and now has ten RBI this season. Finnell, Heckmann and Koch each ended the contest with two hits. Heckmann added two RBI. Jedd Kirby (2-0) cruised through five innings and struck out one to gain the win. Curt Dixon finished the game and pitched two scoreless innings while striking out two. The Eagles started strong in the second game, holding a 5-0 lead in the first in route to a 8-4 victory. Brescia could do little to hold back a potent Eagles’ offensive attack that pounded out ten hits, the fourth straight time they have had at least ten hits this season. In the first, Ozarks created a double steal in which Hilton stole second and Brett Hays stole home, giving the home team their first run of the game. Koch later followed with a two-RBI double. Tyler Pickett promptly stroked a single to knock in Koch and Finnell. Ozarks added three more runs in the sixth when Pickett, Harrell and Tyler Gideon notched RBI’s. Hilton, Finnell and Pickett each had two hits in the contest. Pickett had a team-best three RBI. Brandon extended his hitting streak to 25 games after going 1-for-3. Heckmann (2-0) picked up the win after pitching six innings. The Eagles will host Hendrix College on February 15 at 1:00 p.m.