Clarksville, Ark.--The Eagles won a 15-14 slugfest over Central Baptist College on Monday afternoon in non-conference action at Lonnie R Qualls Field.
It didn’t take long for the two teams to begin the high-scoring affair. A combined seven runs were scored in the first inning, with Central Baptist tagging Ozarks for five of those. After the Mustangs scored twice in the top of the third, the Eagles exploded for eight runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 10-7 lead. The inning’s highlight was a Caleb Hilton grad slam. Also in the inning, Todd Koch doubled in two runs and Kyle Hudson and Tyler Gideon each received an RBI. However, the Mustangs scored six runs over the next three innings while holding Ozarks to two runs. The Eagles eventually tied the game at 13-13 in the seventh inning when Hilton smacked his tenth homer of the season. The score remained tied in the eighth inning when each team scored a run. The Eagles then used the bottom of the ninth inning to finally put away a pesky Mustangs team. With one out, Brett Hays reached base on an error. Anthony Brandon would also reach on an error and Koch was intentionally walked to load the bases for Robby Finnell. Finnell, who had earlier in the year blasted a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth against Hardin-Simmons, answered the call with the game-winning RBI as he sent a shot up the middle. The two teams combined for 34 hits in the contest. The hot-hitting duo of Brett Hays and Todd Koch each had three hits. Hilton, however, was the offensive star as he connected on two homers and collected five RBI. Brandon and Chris Harrell each hit a home run. Brandon’s homer came in the first inning and Harrell’s game-tying shot came in the eighth. Jedd Kirby (7-3) notched his school record seventh win after pitching two innings in relief. The Eagles host Louisiana College this weekend in a three-game series beginning on Friday.