Clarksville, Ark.-Hardin-Simmons turned a one-run deficit into a five-run lead in the bottom of the sixth and the Eagles couldn't recover as they fell to the Cowboys 18-5 Friday night in American Southwest Conference crossover action.
Bruce Cameron stole home in the top of the first to give Ozarks (3-7) a 1-0 lead, but the Cowboys (6-5) answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Jeremy Hogan recorded a sacrifice fly to score Cory Briggs in the third to make it 3-2. Hardin-Simmons got a run in the fourth, but the Eagles answered with a run in the fifth on a Michael Prusator RBI. Ozarks took a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth, but it wouldn’t last long as Hardin-Simmons exploded for eight runs in the bottom half of the frame to go up 12-5. The Eagles would go scoreless the rest of the way, while the Cowboys added six runs in the eighth.
Bill Smith (1-1) suffered the loss after relieving DJ Braswell, who started and went five innings. Braswell struck out seven. Briggs and Todd Koch each had two hits for the Eagles.
Ozarks will continue their series against the Cowboys today in a double-header beginning at 12:00 p.m.