Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks baseball team made its 2001 home debut in impressive fashion Monday, sweeping Central Baptist College 5-4 and 9-7.
The Eagles (2-3) came from behind in both games. In the first contest, Rusty Gregory’s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning was the game-winner. In the second game, the Eagles used a four-run sixth inning to erase a 7-5 deficit. "I was proud of how we didn’t lose our composure when we got behind and how we fought back," said Ozarks Coach Bill Mueller. "We’ve lost some tough games this season against good competition, but we didn’t pack it in when we got behind against CBC. We chipped away and found a way to win them at the end." Matt Hebert went 2-for-4 and Shane Norrid pitched a complete game in the opener for the Eagles. In the second game, senior right-hander Nick Yount, who has yet to give up an earned run in 5 1/3 innings this year, pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the victory. Shawn Adams opened the sixth inning with a triple for Ozarks and Hebert and Alan Garrison added run-scoring hits. The Eagles also benefited from four walks and a hit batter during the four-run sixth inning. "Our No. 1 and 2 hitters, Hebert and Adams, have on-base percentages of over .500, so they are doing a great job of setting the table," Mueller said. "Cody Gebhart has also been a big key for us lately. He’s been filling in a little at first base and has done some good things." The Eagles open American Southwest Conference play this weekend with home games against McMurry University. Game time Friday is 2 p.m. and for Saturday’s doubleheader is 1 p.m.