Clarksville, Ark.-University of the Ozarks sophomore right-hander Jeffrey Works tossed seven and two-third shutout innings and a complete game to lead the Eagles to a 6-1 win over Simpson College in the Ozarks Baseball Classic Friday afternoon.
Works threw four and two-third hitless innings to open the game for the Eagles (1-2). Two of Simpson’s (0-1) hits in the game came in the eighth inning and another came in the ninth with two outs. Works forced a number of ground outs early in the contest and then forced a number of pop outs late in the game, including six straight at one point.
The Eagles scored three runs on two hits in the first inning for an early lead. Michael Prusator laced a single up the middle to score Chris Driedric for the first score of the game. Both Nick Brill and Ian Bryan then drew back-to-back walks to give Works three runs. Leading 5-1 with one out in the seventh, Freddy Prince recorded a sacrifice RBI to drive in Mitchell Powers.
Ozarks collected only three hits on the day, but wouldn’t need much more in Works’ complete game. Works (1-0) struck out two, issued three walks, allowed four hits and was charged with one earned run.
In the first game of the day, Millsaps College (3-1) right-hander West Hammond scattered three hits over six innings to lead the Majors to a 9-1 victory over Westminster College (0-1).
Hammond (1-0) did not allow a run during his time on the mound to gain his first win of the season.
The Majors’ offense got behind Hammond and gave him a 4-0 lead to work with after two complete frames. The Majors added a run in the fourth and three more in the ninth. Leadoff man Stephen Gates paced the Millsaps’ attack with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate.
Tyler Ten Eyck (0-1) suffered the loss for Westminster. Mike Young went 2-for-4 for the Blue Jays.
Ozarks Classic Schedule:
Friday, February 17
Millsaps College 9, Westminster College 1
Ozarks 6, Simpson College 1
Saturday, February 18
Millsaps College (H) vs Simpson College @ 10:00 am
Ozarks (H) vs Westminster College @ 1:30 pm
Sunday, February 19
Simpson College (H) vs Westminster College @ 9:30 am
Ozarks (H) vs Millsaps College @ 1:00 pm
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