Clarksville, Ark.-UT-Dallas put on an offensive show pounding out a combined 37 hits in a double-header sweep against the Eagles Sunday in American Southwest Conference play.
UT-Dallas (12-9, 4-2) roughed up six Ozarks’ pitchers and recorded 18 hits in a 17-5 win in game one, and then proceeded to record 19 hits against six more pitchers in a 18-5 game two win.
In game one, Ozarks’ starter D.J. Braswell gave up four runs in the first inning, but then settled in and did not give up another run until the fifth. Braswell fanned three in four and one-third innings. Trailing 4-0, Ozarks’ offense got going in the fourth, scoring three runs off three hits. Logan Kizer drove in Cory Briggs and Jeremy Hogan, and Chris Driedric singled in Kizer for the third run of the frame. The Comets then exploded for seven runs in the top of the fifth, highlighted by a grand slam, to go up 11-3. A Comet six-run seventh put the game out of reach for the Eagles (8-12, 3-3).
Braswell (1-4) suffered the loss. Hogan paced Ozarks with three hits, and Briggs and Kizer each drove in two.
In game two, UT-Dallas again jumped on the Eagles early, scoring two runs in the first and four in the second. Ozarks answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second on a Kizer drive up the middle. Ozarks plated a run in the third to cut it to 6-3 on a Bruce Cameron solo shot. However, things got out of hand in the fourth when UT-Dallas added five more runs to increase their lead to 11-3. The Eagles loaded the bases in the fifth with two outs, but stranded all three as UT-Dallas forced a ground out to end a potential rally. A four-run eighth inning by the Comets made a comeback out of reach for Ozarks.
The Eagles had 12 hits in the game, but had trouble cashing in runs. Hogan led the team with a 4-for-5 performance.
Cameron (1-2) took the loss. He went three innings.
Ozarks will host UT-Tyler in a three-game series March 20 and March 21.