Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles upped their record to 7-4 and won their third straight game with a 8-5 victory over Lyon College on Tuesday afternoon at Hurie Field.
The Eagles started the game with a bang, scoring three runs on four hits and took a 3-0 lead after one inning of play. Anthony Brandon, who was named conference Hitter of the Week on Monday, singled in Brian Heckmann to put the first runs on the board. With Brandon advancing to second on the throw home, Caleb Hilton promptly doubled in Brandon to give Ozarks a 2-0 advantage. Clint Phifer then singled up the middle to knock in Hilton to push the lead to 3-0. However, Lyon (18-4) eventually tied the game at 3-3 after three innings of play and would threaten to score in the top of the fifth with one out and runners on first and second before Hilton made a spectacular leaping catch over the leftfield fence to rob Danny Hurt of a home run. Lyon did add two runs in the sixth and took a 5-4 lead going into the seventh inning, but the Eagles used a four run seventh inning to take a 8-5 advantage and the lead for good. Brett Hays led off the inning with a solo shot over the leftfield fence, giving him his first homer of the season. With one out and one runner on in the same inning, Brandon proceeded to smash a home run to give Ozarks a 7-5 advantage. It was Brandon’s first homer of the season. The Eagles’ final run of the inning came when pinch hitter Todd Vandevoir walked in a run. In all the Eagles recorded 13 hits, with Hilton and Brain Heckmann tallying three apiece. Brandon, Phifer and Cliff Ford followed with two hits each. Brandon had a team-best 3 RBI and upped his RBI total to a team-leading 12 runs batted in. Matt Wilson (1-1) picked up the win after pitching three and one-third scoreless innings. Wilson struck out two and gave up just two hits. The Eagles travel to Belton, Texas, to face Mary Hardin-Baylor in American Southwest Conference crossover play on March 5 and March 6.