Clarksville, Ark.-- The Eagles outlasted Westminster College, 10-8, to up their record to 6-0 on the year.
Anthony Brandon’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Ozarks (6-0, 0-0) past a Westminster (0-1, 0-0) team that tied the score at 8-8 in the top of the inning. Brandon’s shot came after Hilton walked to lead off the inning. Ozarks would jump on Westminster early in the contest, holding a 4-1 lead after two innings of play. Three of those runs came in the second when Chris Harrell recorded a sacrifice hit to knock in Brian Heckmann. Justin Brown then belted a two-run homer to give the Eagles a three-run advantage. Westminster would add four runs in the seventh to cut the deficit to 5-4. Ozarks, however, put out three runs of their own in the eighth inning to take a 8-5 lead. In the eighth, Robby Finnell, Heckmann and Todd Koch all crossed the plate. Westminster answered the Eagles with a three-run ninth inning to tie the score at 8-8, but that was before Brandon’s heroics in the final inning. Finnell led the Eagles’ bats going 4-for-5 with one RBI. Finnell is batting a team-best .632 this season. Brown blasted two homers in the game and finished with 3 RBI. Brandon extended his school-record hit streak to 27 games. Heckmann (3-0) received the win after pitching three innings and striking out four. The Eagles have now recorded at least 10 hits in all of their games this season. Ozarks will travel to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to face Oklahoma Wesleyan on February 22 at 1 p.m.