Clarksville, Ark.-The U of O Eagles baseball team gained two wins against Central Baptist College in a double -header April 18 in non-conference action.
The Eagles defeated the Mustangs, 19-4 and 4-3, to improve their record to 12-23. Ozarks pounded out 16 hits, including three home runs, in the first game while freshman pitcher Dustin Cole controlled the Mustang batters. The Eagles held a 3-1 lead after two innings of play and exploded for nine runs in the third to put away Central Baptist. Brett Hays recorded three RBI’s in the inning while Anthony Brandon and Clint Phifer each tallied two. Todd Vandevoir and Justin Brown each had one RBI in the inning. Brown cranked his second home run of the season. Phifer recorded his third home run of the year and Pratt hit his second home run of the season. Phifer now has a team-leading 25 RBI. Brown led the squad with four hits. Hays, Phifer and Pratt each had three hits. Phifer, Brandon, Brown and Pratt had three RBI apiece. Cole (2-3) recorded four strikeouts in five innings of work. Phifer’s RBI single in the final inning of play propelled the Eagles to a 4-3 victory over the Mustangs in the second game of the double-header. Phifer knocked in Bret Hays for the game-winning run. Phifer led the team with three hits and three RBI. Freshman pitcher Trevor Holbert (4-5) held the Mustangs to three runs in seven innings of work. "We played much harder in these games than we did in our two previous games with them," said head coach Jimmy Clark. "It was the first time all season we have run ruled an opponent. It’s nice to get back on the winning track. It’s been good to see us play well in our last three games." The Eagles will travel to Longview, Texas, to play LeTourneau University April 25-26 in their season finale. "We’ve ensured ourselves a better record than we had last year after beating Central Baptist," said Clark. "But we still want to end on a positive note and pick up some wins in the LeTourneau series. I believe as tough as our schedule was this year, our record doesn’t really show how much we improved from last year. We’ve had numerous freshmen fill in do a good job."