Shreveport, La.-Centenary College took a 6-1 game one win Saturday, but the Eagles won the nightcap 8-4 behind a 16-hit attack and a big ninth inning.
In game one, Centenary (18-6) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first and then held the Eagles (8-15) to one run through seven innings. Ozarks scored its only run of the game in the fourth on a Nick Brill RBI single. The Gents answered with two runs in the fifth to go ahead 6-1. Tyler Erickson (3-4) suffered the loss.
Both teams had six hits, with Peyton Johnigan finishing 2-for-3.
In game two, the Eagles broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the ninth by exploding for five runs on six hits. Johnigan opened the ninth with a double and was then advanced to second on Tyler Hydrick’s bunt single. Mitchell Powers laced a single up the middle to score Johnigan and advance Hydrick to second. Both runners moved up a base as a result of a wild pitch. Nick Brill then recorded a sacrifice fly to score Hydrick. Michael Prusator followed with an RBI single to give the Eagles a 6-3 advantage. Chris Driedric kept the inning going with his fifth hit of the contest. Prusator eventually went to third on a passed ball, and with two outs, he scored on an error by the pitcher. Freddy Prince provided the Eagles’ fifth run of the frame with an RBI double.
Chris Young singled in Driedric in the second to give Ozarks a 1-0 advantage. Centenary got the run back in the third, but Ozarks responded with one run in the fourth and fifth to go ahead 3-1. The Gents tied the game, 3-3, by posting a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Josh Stoffregen worked four innings as the starter. Ian Bryan (1-0) would pick up the win after tossing three and two-third innings. Bryan fanned four in his appearance.
Driedric finished a perfect 5-for-5 with two runs. Powers was 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.
Ozarks will travel to Texas-Tyler for a three-game series March 30-31.