Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles split their twinbill Saturday against East Texas Baptist in Marshall, Texas, dropping game one 7-2, but used a nine-run fourth inning en route to a 12-6 victory in game two.
Ozarks will host UT-Dallas (10-7, 2-1) in a three-game series March 13 and March 14 at Lonnie R. Qualls Field. Friday’s nine-inning contest can be heard locally on KXIO 106.9 FM and on the web at www.kxio.nu.
East Texas Baptist (9-8, 1-2) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and the Eagles (7-10, 2-1) had trouble making a comeback, going scoreless in all but one inning in game one. The Tigers extended their lead to 4-0 after the third before the Eagles put two runs on the board. Scott Dietz led off the fourth with a solo home run and Chris Driedric later tripled in Freddy Flores for the final run.
D.J. Braswell (1-3) took the loss after tossing two and two-third innings.
David Smith paced Ozarks at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance.
Ozarks used a big nine-run fourth inning behind Todd Koch’s two home runs in game two’s win.
Cory Briggs led off the inning with a solo shot and Koch followed with another solo homer to start the productive inning. Driedric had an RBI single later in the frame, but it was no doubt Koch who was the highlight. Koch blasted his second homer of the inning, this time a three-run shot, to put Ozarks ahead 6-1. Smith recorded a three bagger to drive in three more runs to complete the scoring. In all, Ozarks recorded seven hits in the frame. The Tigers cut it to 9-6 after seven, but the Eagles answered with three runs in the top of the ninth. Smith and Logan Kizer each had RBI singles in the inning.
Five players had two hits, with Smith and Koch each posting 4-RBI games.
Bruce Cameron (1-1) went six and one-third innings to receive the win.