Clarksville, Ark.-The U of O baseball team is off to a 3-1 start after winning three non-conference games recently. The Eagles swept Mid-America Bible College on February15 and split with Crichton College February 17.
Ozarks pounded out 13 hits and smashed three home runs in a 9-5 season opening win against Mid-America Bible College. The Eagles capped the day with a 5-0 victory in the second game. The Eagles received home runs from sophomore Clint Phifer, junior Cliff Ford and freshman Rusty Farrin in the first game. Farrin’s home run came in his first at bat as an Eagle. Sophomore Chris Harrell led Ozarks with three hits while Phifer had a team-best three RBI. Sophomore pitcher John Burgess (1-0) picked up the win after pitching five innings and striking out three batters. The Eagles hit two home runs in the second game. Ford and freshman Brett Hays each hit homers to lead Ozarks to a 5-0 shutout. Phifer and freshman Anthony Brandon led Ozarks with two hits apiece. Brandon had a team-best two RBI. Sophomore Nathan Moore (1-0) received the win after pitching five scoreless innings and striking out seven batters. The Eagles handed Crichton a 6-2 loss in the first game, but suffered a 8-3 defeat in the second game. The Eagles scored two runs in the first inning to set the tone for their game against Crichton while freshman pitcher Trevor Holbert cruised through four innings of work to receive the win. Holbert had four strikeouts. Phifer, along with freshmen Sean Pratt and Justin Brown, each had two hits. Pratt and Brown tallied two RBI apiece. The Eagles saw a 3-3 tie in the fourth inning go to the waste side as Crichton scored five unanswered runs to gain a 8-3 win in the second game of the double-header. Ozarks had just four hits in the game. The Eagles host Hendrix College at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday.