Monday, February 18, 2019
Clarksville, Arkansas | Lonnie R. Qualls Field
Final Score: University of the Ozarks 10, Westminster College 0
University of the Ozarks (3-3)
Westminster College (0-3)
Freshman left-hander Blake Benson spun a complete game shutout in his first collegiate start Monday. Benson went eight innings, fanned eight and scattered five hits in a 10-0 win. It was the first shutout for the Eagles since 2016. The win also gave the Eagles the sweep over Westminster College. Benson worked quickly in the first striking out two batters and forcing a flyout. He retired the side in the second and then gave up two hits in the third. He also retired the side in the fourth. He induced a double play in the sixth and retired the side in the seventh and eighth innings to keep the shutout intact. The Eagles' offense manufactured a steady dose of runs for Benson throughout the game. Chase Edwards highlighted the offense with a two-run shot in the fourth. Edwards finished 2-for-5 with five RBI.
WP: Blake Benson (W, 1-0) 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO
LP: Alex Dickneite (L, 0-1) 2.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO
1st C. Edwards reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; B. Varner advanced to second on an error by 1b; J. Stephens scored.
1st R. Liveoak walked, RBI; S. Swartz advanced to second; C. Edwards advanced to third; B. Varner scored, unearned.
1st D. Ebarb reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; R. Liveoak out at second ss to 2b; S. Swartz advanced to third; C. Edwards scored.
2nd R. Lozano singled up the middle, RBI; Z. Stanley scored.
2nd C. Edwards flied out to lf, SAC, RBI; R. Lozano scored, unearned.
4th C. Edwards homered to right field, 2 RBI; B. Varner scored.
5th D. Ebarb scored on a wild pitch.
8th C. Edwards singled to right field, RBI; B. Varner advanced to third; R. Lozano scored.
8th R. Liveoak singled to left field, RBI; S. Swartz advanced to second; C. Edwards advanced to third; B. Varner scored.
The 10-0 win was the Eagles first shutout since 2016 when Mary Hardin-Baylor was defeated 1-0.
Freshman lefty Blake Benson pitched a shutout in his first collegiate start. Benson tossed eight innings, struck out eight and did not issue a walk.
Chase Edwards drove in five runs and owns a .609 batting average this season.
The Eagles will host Hendrix College February 20.