Clarksville, Ark.-UT-Dallas used a five-run seventh inning to take a 9-5 American Southwest Conference victory over the Eagles on Friday afternoon at Lonnie R. Qualls Field.
<#IMAGE:1#>The Comets (17-5, 7-0) scored a pair of runs in the top of the second, and could have added a few more in the first, but the Eagles (14-9, 3-1) made back-to-back solid defensive plays to end the inning. Bruce Cameron made a diving catch from his center field position and Andrew Teaster followed that with a diving stop at first base to give starting pitcher Todd Koch a scoreless first inning. It was the seventh inning, though, that proved to be the game-changing frame in the contest. The Comets scored five runs on four hits to take control of the game 8-1, highlighted by a three-run homer by Comet Jake Eisman. The Eagles did battle back in the bottom half of the inning, manufacturing three runs on three hits. David Smith led off the bottom of the inning with a bunt and John Glenn followed with a single through the right side of the infield. Andrew Teaster was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Bruce Cameron recorded a sacrifice RBI for Ozarks’ first run. With two outs, Cory Briggs knocked in a pair of runs to make it 8-4. Ozarks collected their first run in the fifth when Smith knocked one to right center that should have been a routine single, but the speedy sophomore hustled to second for a double. He later advanced to third on a wild pitch. John Glenn singled up the middle to score him and kept the game close early on. Todd Koch (2-4) received the loss after pitching six and two-third innings. He struck out five. Ozarks out hit the Comets 14-11, with seven different players collecting two hits for the Eagles. Briggs went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI. The Eagles and Comets continue their series tomorrow with a double-header beginning at 12:00 p.m.