Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles suffered a 7-4 loss to Concordia-Austin in the first game of a double-header on Saturday, but came back in game two to earn a 14-10 victory at Lonnie R. Qualls Field.
<#IMAGE:1#>In game one, the Tornados (9-7, 0-0) scored three runs in the second inning behind three hits to force the Eagles into a comeback mode. Ozarks (6-7, 0-0) did battle back, starting in the bottom of the fourth with a play rarely seen in baseball. The left-handed Freddy Flores knocked one to deep to right field and as Concordia-Austin’s right fielder attempted to make the catch, the ball bounced off his glove and then bounced off the top of the fence and over for a home run. The home run cut the deficit to 3-2. The Tornados then scored two more in the top of the fifth to build a 5-2 cushion. Ozarks would score once in the fifth and sixth innings, but it wouldn’t be enough. Robby Finnell hit a solo shot in the fifth and David Smith recorded a sacrifice fly in the sixth to score a run. Todd Koch (1-2) took the loss, pitching five innings and striking out two. Concordia-Austin out hit Ozarks 13-12. Finnell, Bruce Cameron, Andrew Teaster, Logan Kizer and Cory Briggs each had two hits. In game two, the Eagles used a seven-run second inning to set the tone in a 14-10 win. Ozarks already held a 3-0 lead after one inning of play behind three hits. Cory Briggs led off the bottom of the second with his first collegiate home run. Smith walked, Teaster knocked a single up the middle and Cameron reached on a bunt to load the bases. Finnell then took first base and notched a RBI after he was hit by a pitch. Koch then doubled to left field to score two runs. The Eagles weren’t finished, though, and put three more on the board with a Brad Broussard home run. Concordia-Austin slowly climbed back into the game, scoring three in the fifth and five in the sixth. Ozarks answered in the bottom of the sixth with a four-run effort. Broussard continued his big day at the plate, ripping a single that scored two. David Isom and Teaster collected an RBI each in the inning. <#IMAGE:2#>Robby Finnell (2-1) came in relief and received the win after pitching four and two-third innings. He finished with five strikeouts. John Glenn held the Tornados scoreless through the first three innings. Glenn went four and one-third and struck out one. Teaster went a perfect 4-for-4 to lead Ozarks. Logan Kizer finished 3-for-5. Broussard went 2-for-5 with five RBI. Koch had three RBI. The Eagles will host Hendrix College on March 6 at 2:00 p.m.