Clarksville, Ark.-The U of O baseball team won two of three games over the weekend against Mary Hardin-Baylor (3-4, 0-0) in Belton, Texas, in American Southwest Conference crossover action and improved their record to 9-5.
The Eagles (9-5, 0-0) dropped the first game, 6-4, then came back to win the second game of the twinbill, 10-7, on Saturday. The Eagles were 5-4 winners on Sunday. The Eagles were out hit 11-4 and suffered four errors in Saturday’s first game. Mary Hardin-Baylor held a 6-2 lead going into the final inning of play before Ozarks scored two runs to cut the deficit to 6-4. However, the Eagles would leave two runners on base to end the rally. Caleb Hilton went 2-for-4 with one run scored to lead Ozarks. Brian Heckmann (1-2) received the loss after pitching a complete game and striking out seven. The Eagles’ offense came alive in the second game and recorded 11 hits while scoring ten runs in the victory. Ozarks held a 9-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth before the Crusaders scored 6 runs to close the gap to 9-7. The Eagles got four hits in the fifth, with Brett Hays and Anthony Brandon recording two RBI apiece. Ozarks would tack on one more run in the seventh and hold the Crusaders scoreless in the final two innings of play. Hays led the offensive charge with three hits and three RBI. Justin Brown and Rusty Farrin each had two hits apiece. Brandon had two RBI in the contest. Justin Jennings (2-0) picked up the victory after pitching four and one-third innings and recording two strikeouts. The Eagles battled to a 4-4 tie through seven innings of play and got a game-winning RBI in the eighth from Cliff Ford when he singled in Brown in Sunday’s contest. Ozarks’ pitchers held the Crusaders to only four hits in the final five innings and did not give up any runs during that span. T.J. Eason (1-0) picked up the win after pitching three and one-third scoreless innings and recording three strikeouts. Kyle Hudson closed the game with two hitless innings and gained his third save of the season. Rusty Farrin went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead the team.