Clarksville, Ark.-Ozarks' All-America Bruce Cameron stymied No. 4 UT-Tyler in a 3-1 win in game one, but the Patriots came back from a 1-0 deficit to take game two 7-2 Sunday in American Southwest Conference action.
Cameron, a Second Team All-America last season as a utility player, worked seven innings, fanned four and allowed just three hits against the top hitting team in the conference. The only run he gave up, which came in the second, was earned. The Patriots (21-5, 5-1) held that 1-0 advantage for five and one-half innings before the Eagles (9-14, 4-5) finally got to Patriot starter Brett Holland. Holland put on a show of his own, fanning 12 in six innings. Holland, however, got into trouble in the fifth when he walked Logan Kizer to start the bottom half of the frame. The Eagles then recorded back-to-back bunt singles to load the bases. David Smith delivered a single to score one to start Ozarks’ comeback. Cory Briggs drew a walk to score another run and one out later Todd Koch did the same for Ozarks’ third run of the game.
With a 3-1 lead, it was up to the right-handed Cameron to finish off the Patriots, but it wasn’t easy in his final half inning of work. He forced a grounder against his first batter, but an Ozarks’ error allowed him to advance all the way to second. A walk followed, and then a sacrifice bunt advanced each runner into scoring position. Cameron’s gem stayed in tact though as he got Chris Tucker to strike out swinging for the second out. Cameron then got Kendall Fox to look at a curveball on the outside corner for strike three, helping him even his record to 2-2 on the year.
Andrew Teaster paced Ozarks with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate.
The Eagles took momentum from game one and took an early 1-0 lead behind a Chris Driedric infield single in game two. Ozarks’ starter Bobby Osburn put the Eagles in good position to win pitching four solid innings. The Patriots went up 3-1 after five and later increased their advantage to 5-1 after seven. After striking first, the Eagles had trouble at the plate, collecting only three hits after the second inning.
Braswell tossed two and one-third innings in relief and Jon Scheuring finished the game by throwing two and two-third innings. Scheuring fanned four.
Osburn (2-1) was charged with two earned runs in the loss.
Driedric went 2-for-4 to lead the Eagles.
The Eagles will travel to Conway to face Hendrix College March 26 before heading to Longview, Texas, to take on LeTourneau University in a three-game ASC series March 27-28.