Eagles Win Wild Game One With Varner Driving In Seven

Breyden Varner drove in seven runs in the Eagles 15-11 win.

Game Details:
Sunday, February 17, 2019 and Monday, February 18, 2019
Clarksville, Arkansas | Lonnie R. Qualls Field

Game One: University of the Ozarks 15, Westminster College 11
Game Two: 
University of the Ozarks 12, Westminster College 8 (9th inning, game suspended, then finished on Monday)


University of the Ozarks (1-3)
Westminster College (0-1)
The offense pounded out 16 hits and Breyden Varner drove in seven runs to help the Eagles overcome a seven-run third inning from Westminster College and secure a wild 15-11 win in game one of Sunday's double-header. Varner started the scoring fest in the bottom of the first when he sent a three-run homer over the center field wall. Westminster had a big third inning recording six hits and scoring seven runs to hold a 8-4 advantage. The Eagles were far from done though as the offense provided two runs in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 8-6. Westminster got both runs back in the fourth, but the Eagles produced two runs on Rocky Liveoak's two-run double in the bottom half of the frame. Trailing 11-8, the Eagles had another big inning to take the lead for good. This time, in the bottom of the fifth, Rey Lozano doubled in a pair of runs and Varner smashed his second homer of the game to drive in three more. Dakota Ebarb then sliced a double to center field to push across the sixth run of the inning. Varner had more to do as he doubled to center field to record his seventh RBI of the game in the sixth. From there, closer Corey Steward threw a hitless seventh inning to end the game.

Pitching Decisions:
WP: Josh Craven (W, 1-0) 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
LP: Braden Beasley (L, 0-1) 0.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO

Scoring Summary
1st - B. Varner homered to center field, 3 RBI; R. Lozano scored; J. Stephens scored. 0 - 3
1st - D. Ebarb doubled to left field, RBI; C. Edwards scored. 0 - 4
3rd - E. Aguirre walked, RBI; R. Liveoak advanced to second; S. Swartz advanced to third; C. Edwards scored, unearned. 8 - 5
3rd - Z. Stanley flied out to cf, SAC, RBI; S. Swartz scored, unearned. 8 - 6
4th - R. Liveoak doubled to right field, 2 RBI; C. Edwards scored; B. Varner scored. 10 - 8
5th - R. Lozano doubled to left field, 2 RBI; J. Stephens advanced to third; Z. Stanley scored; E. Aguirre scored. 11 - 10
5th - B. Varner homered to right center, 3 RBI; R. Lozano scored; J. Stephens scored. 11 - 13
5th - D. Ebarb doubled to center field, RBI; R. Liveoak scored. 11 - 14
6th - B. Varner doubled to center field, RBI; Z. Stanley scored.

Breyden Varner recorded seven RBI behind a home run, double and single.
Five players had multiple hit games - Varner, Lozano (two hits), Chase Edwards (four hits), Ebarb (two hits) and Zach Stanley (two hits).
Chase Edwards went 4-for-5 with three runs.
Corey Steward notched his first save of the season.

With darkness settling in heading into the ninth, game two was suspended with the Eagles leading 12-8 and picked up the next day. It took just three batters for the game to be finished as Corey Steward had a strikeout, then a groundout and a strikeout. The Eagles broke open a close game in the seventh inning when Breyden Varner homered and Erick Aguirre, Zach Stanley and Josh Stephens all had RBI singles to push the Eagles to a 8-4 lead. The Eagles matched their seventh inning run total the next frame behind a grand slam from Dakota Ebarb. Stephens went 4-for-5 at the plate.

Pitching Decisions:
WP: David Beck (W, 1-1) 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO
LP: Mason Kirkweg (L, 0-1) 3.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 20

Scoring Summary
1st - C. Edwards singled to center field, advanced to second, RBI; B. Varner scored. 
5th - C. Edwards singled through the left side, RBI; B. Varner advanced to second; J. Stephens scored. 
5th - S. Swartz doubled to center field, RBI; C. Edwards advanced to third; B. Varner scored. 
5th - D. Ebarb flied out to lf, SAC, RBI; C. Edwards scored.
7th - B. Varner homered to right field, RBI. 
7th - E. Aguirre singled to right field, RBI; R. Liveoak advanced to third; S. Swartz scored. 
7th - Z. Stanley singled to center field, RBI; E. Aguirre advanced to second; R. Liveoak scored. 
7th - J. Stephens singled to left field, RBI; Z. Stanley out at second 3b to 2b to ss; E. Aguirre scored. 
8th - D. Ebarb homered to left field, 4 RBI; R. Liveoak scored; M. Alamia scored; R. Lozano scored.

Dakota Ebarb hit a grand slam in the eighth inning.
Newcomer Josh Stephens had a 4-for-5 performance at the plate.
David Beck fanned eight over 6.1 innings.

Up Next:
The Eagles finish the series Monday with a nine-inning game at 2:00 p.m.