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East Texas Baptist Sweeps Ozarks

April 3, 2004
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.-The East Texas Baptist Tigers posted a three-game sweep of the Eagles after picking up a 9-6 and a 12-8 win in a Saturday afternoon twinbill at Hurie Field.

The Eagles (12-17, 2-10) cruised through five innings of play before things went sour in the sixth inning of game one. The Tigers took a 7-6 lead going into the seventh thanks to a five-run sixth. Ozarks held a 6-2 lead through five, but was unable to score again in the next two innings. The Eagles scored three runs in the fourth on three hits. Todd Vandevoir, Josh Underwood and Justin Brown each had hits in the inning. Brown’s, however, would be the biggest as he blasted his second home run of the season and drove in three runs to give Ozarks a 4-2 advantage. The Eagles stretched their lead to 6-2 after five when Vandevoir’s single to center field knocked in Rusty Farrin and Anthony Brandon. The Tigers (17-11, 5-6) would answer with two runs in the seventh following their five-run sixth for the come-from-behind victory. Six different players recorded hits for Ozarks. Brown, Caleb Hilton, Brandon, Vandevoir and Underwood each had two hits in the game. Ozarks did out hit the Tigers 11-10. Brown had three RBI. Kyle Hudson (4-2) received the loss. Ozarks saw another lead dwindle away after the Tigers scored eight runs in the fifth to take a 11-7 lead and eventually gain a 12-8 victory in the series’ final game. The Eagles’ offense got cranked up in the second inning when Brandon led off the inning with a solo home run. It was Brandon’s third homer of the season. Cliff Ford followed Brandon with a double. Brian Heckmann gave the Eagles back-to-back doubles when he smacked a two-bagger to left field to drive in Ford. Vandevoir then advanced Heckmann to third with a sacrifice bunt. Heckmann would score on a wild pitch and give Ozarks a 3-2 lead. With the score tied at 3-3 at the end of four, the Tigers scored 8 runs in the top of the fifth. Ozarks scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers would out score the Eagles 10-5 over the final five innings of play to complete a series sweep. Brandon had a team-best three hits and three RBI. Matt Wilson (1-2) received the loss. Ozarks will host Central Baptist College on April 6 in a nine-inning contest beginning at 1 p.m.