CLARKSVILLE, Ark.-The U of O Eagles (10-17, 5-13) baseball team dropped three games to East Texas Baptist (21-9, 11-7) in American Southwest Conference play over the weekend. The Eagles will play host to UT-Dallas April 11 and 12 in ASC action.
East Texas Baptist pounded out 20 hits in their 17-3 win on April 4. Ozarks tied the game in the top of the second inning after a homerun by Anthony Brandon. The Eagles, however, would score just one more run in the contest on a Cliff Ford homer in the fourth. Ford has a team-best four home runs this season. Rusty Farrin (0-1) received the loss. Freshman pitcher Dustin Cole pitched a solid complete game for the Eagles in the second game, but it wasn’t enough as Ozarks could only muster runs in the second and third innings of play in a 5-2 loss to the Tigers. The Eagles held a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning before the Tigers scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a one run lead. The Tigers would then tack on a run in the fourth and fifth inning to secure the win. Cole (1-2) received the loss after pitching six innings and giving up four earned runs. Six different players had at least one hit for the Eagles. Justin Brown and Sean Pratt each had an RBI. The Eagles dropped the final game of the series 9-3 to the Tigers. Ozarks faced a 5-2 deficit at the end of four innings of plays and tacked on one more run in the sixth, but the Tigers came back to score three runs in the bottom of the sixth to seal the win. Brett Hays led the team with two hits. Sean Pratt cranked out his first collegiate homerun with a solo shot in the sixth. Trevor Holbert (3-4) received the loss. "East Texas Baptist hit the ball extremely well against us on Friday," said head coach Jimmy Clark. "We had our chances in both of Saturday’s games, but couldn’t pull them out. I thought Dustin Cole and Trevor Holbert had solid outings on the mound for us. Sean Pratt and Anthony Brandon had good performance from the plate during the series." The Eagles fell 15-13 to the University of Central Arkansas in a wild game April 1 in Clarksville. After facing a 9-0 deficit in the top half of the fourth inning, the Eagles exploded for nine runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the contest at 9-9. Ozarks scored all nine runs with two outs. The inning was highlighted by Brown’s grand slam. It was Brown’s first home run of his college career. The score remained tied at 10-10 through seven innings of play before UCA scored five runs in the eighth to take a 15-10 lead. Ozarks would rally to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth to cut the gap to two runs. The Eagles out hit UCA 15 to 14. Clint Phifer and Cliff Ford each paced Ozarks with three hits. Ford and Brown each had four RBI. Holbert received the loss.