Clarksville, Ark.-Texas-Tyler used a two-run homer in the eighth inning to pull out a 3-2 game two win over the Eagles, helping the Patriots to a twin bill sweep Friday in American Southwest Conference play.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth and that run didn’t come easy against Ozarks’ starter Bobby Osburn. The Patriots (16-7, 5-0 ASC) recorded a two-out RBI double to go ahead 1-0 in the frame. The Eagles (6-14, 1-4 ASC) got the run back in the next inning when Cory Briggs hit a solo shot to left field. The divisional battle continued as Osburn kept the Patriots scoreless the bottom half of the seventh. With the scored tied 1-1, Texas-Tyler got a pinch hit home run in the bottom of the eighth that proved to be the difference. The Eagles rallied for a run in the top of the ninth when Briggs scored on a Scott Dietz double play ball. Texas-Tyler then got Mitchell Powers to ground out to end the game.
Osburn (1-4) went seven and one-third innings and struck out three.
Chris Young had two of Ozarks’ six hits.
Texas-Tyler took game one Friday, 4-0, as Ozarks left eight runners on base during the seven –inning game.
The Patriots scored in the first and second frame, and then added two more runs in the fifth to offset Ozarks 7-6 hit advantage. Ozarks couldn’t push any runs across even though it had the bases loaded in the first frame, and had runners in scoring position in the fourth and seventh innings. Jonathan Cox (1-4) went four innings and received the loss. Briggs and Arturo Perez each went 2-for-3.