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No. 19 Eagles Complete Conference Sweep Over LeTourneau

March 29, 2008
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.-Scott Dietz hit a walk-off grand slam to give No. 19 Ozarks a 8-4 win in game one and Bruce Cameron pitched a five-hit complete game in a 15-2 nightcap win to give the Eagles an American Southwest Conference sweep over LeTourneau on Saturday.

In game one, the Eagles (22-6, 9-3 ASC) threatened in the bottom of the second when Dietz doubled off the left field wall. With two outs and Dietz at third, LeTourneau (7-17-1, 2-7 ASC) shortstop Travis Self took away a run when he made an impressive scoop to his right to throw out Logan Kizer at first. Ozarks put a pair of runners on in the third, but LeTourneau turned a double play to end the inning. Down 2-0, Robby Finnell hit a solo shot to left field in the fourth. The inning continued to be productive for Ozarks as David Smith recorded a sacrifice fly to score Dietz, tying the game at 2-2. The YellowJackets answered in the next frame, hitting back-to-back solo home runs to go ahead 4-2 lead. Facing a 4-3 deficit, Robert Mummey led off the sixth with a double to left field. Mummey would advance to third when Kizer grounded out to the second baseman. David Smith then delivered a single over the third baseman’s head to score Mummey and tie the game at 4-4.

It was Dietz though that provided the heroics as his first homer of the season couldn’t have came at a better time. The sophomore from Rowlett, Texas, took full advantage of the bases being loaded as he took the first pitch over the left field wall in the bottom of the seventh to give Ozarks the win.

Curt Dixon (5-1) received the win after working seven innings and striking out five.

Dietz finished 2-for-3 with 4 RBI. Finnell blasted his team-leading seventh homer of the season.

In game two, the Eagles opened the first with a seven-run, five-hit inning. Four straight batters got hits for the Eagles, the second of which came from a two-run single by Todd Koch. With the score at 5-0 after Koch’s hit, Ozarks scored two more on an error to make it 7-0. Koch, who pitched the Eagles to a 9-4 win on Friday, delivered a two-run double in the second to increase their advantage to 9-0. Finnell and Brad Broussard had back-to-back hits in the sixth to make it to 12-2. Pinch hitter Kyle Hudson sent a double to left center that scored Tad Turner and Cory Briggs and increased Ozarks’ lead to 14-2.

Cameron scattered five hits over nine innings to improve his record to 4-0. He struck out six and did not issue a walk. Neither of his runs were earned. He threw three hitless innings to open the game. It was his first complete game of his career.

Broussard finished 4-for-5 with 2 RBI. Koch went 2-for-3 with 4 RBI.

Ozarks will travel to Conway to face Hendrix College on April 1.