Clarksville, Ark.-The UT-Dallas baseball team took two of three from the University of the Ozarks over the weekend in American Southwest Conference play at Richardson, Texas.
Ozarks drops to 10-15 overall and 3-6 in ASC play. The Eagles are in a three-way tie for sixth place in the ASC East division standings. UT-Dallas (17-6, 6-3) rallied from two early deficits to upend Ozarks 5-3 on Friday afternoon. A two-run sixth inning proved to be the difference for the Comets. UT-Dallas’ Brett Rosen smacked a two-run homer to break a 3-3 tie in the sixth and help the Comets stay atop the American Southwest Conference East division standings. It wasn’t easy for UT-Dallas though. Ozarks struck first when Tim Renshaw homered in the top of the second to put the Eagles up 1-0. Ozarks would again take the lead, 3-2, in the fourth after Robby Finnell and Logan Kizer each had RBI singles. UT-Dallas fought back to tie the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth and then held Ozarks scoreless over the final five innings of play. Kyle Hudson (4-2) received the loss. He pitched five and two-third innings and struck out three. UT-Dallas out hit the Eagles 10-9. Renshaw, Kizer and Brett Hays each had two hits. Ozarks starter Curt Dixon pitched a five-hit complete game and Hilton cranked out two home runs to lead the Eagles to a 9-3 win in Saturday’s first game. Dixon got help from his offense as they scored six runs in the top of the seventh to secure the win. Dixon cruised through seven, striking out three and holding the Comets to one run through six innings. Dixon finished the game with only one earned run. Hilton broke a 0-0 tie in the third when he sent a two-run homer over the left field fence. The Eagles made it 3-0 in the fourth when Renshaw doubled in Anthony Brandon. Leading 3-1 going into the top of the seventh, Ozarks scored six runs on five hits. Hilton highlighted the inning with another two-run homer. Justin Brown and Finnell each had an RBI while Renshaw knocked in two with a single to round out the inning. Dixon improved to 3-5 on the year. Renshaw went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and Hilton went 2-for4 with 4 RBI. UT-Dallas used a five-run fourth to hand Ozarks an 8-3 loss in the third and final game of the series. With the game tied a 1-1 after three, the Comets scored five times on four hits to make it difficult for an Ozarks’ comeback. The Comets battered four Ozarks’ pitchers during the game. The Eagles got RBI’s from Brandon and Finnell. Chase Hall (2-2) took the loss after pitching three and two-third innings. Hays and David Smith went 2-for-4. Renshaw went 2-for-3. Hilton remains the team leader in batting (.436), home runs (11), RBI (25), runs (30), total bases (90) and slugging percentage (.891). Ozarks will travel to Tyler, Texas, to face UT-Tyler in a three-game series this weekend.