Baseball Team Splits ASC Opener

The Eagles opened the 2019 ASC season with a split against ETBU.

Game Details:
Sunday, February 24, 2019 
Clarksville, Arkansas | Lonnie R. Qualls Field

Game One: University of the Ozarks 8, East Texas Baptist University 7
Game Two:
East Texas Baptist University 10, University of the Ozarks 4

Records:

University of the Ozarks (4-5, 1-1 ASC)
East Texas Baptist University (5-4, 1-1 ASC)
 
GAME ONE
Overview:
The Eagles broke open a 6-6 tie with a Chase Edwards RBI single to push across the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth and secure a 8-7 win over East Texas Baptist University in game one. The Eagles added another run in the bottom of the sixth when Erick Aguirre homered. The Tigers got one run back in the top of the seventh, but Corey Steward was able to force a flyout and then recorded a strikeout to end the game. Sam Swartz generated a run in the first inning on a RBI single. In the third frame, Dakota Ebarb cranked out a two-run homer to give the Eagles a 3-1 advantage. East Texas Baptist, however, stormed back in the top of the fourth and scored five runs to hold a 6-3 lead. The lead was quickly erased as the Eagles responded with three runs in the bottom half of the fourth. Breyden Varner had an RBI, Edwards smashed a home run and Aguirre recorded another RBI to even the contest 6-6. For the game, the Eagles pounded out 14 hits. Edwards led the charge with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate.

Pitching Decisions:
WP: Corey Steward (W, 1-0) 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
LP: Chad Boudreaux (L, 0-1) 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO

Scoring Summary
1st Sam Swartz singled, RBI; Breyden Varner advanced to second; Rey Lozano scored. 
3rd Dakota Ebarb homered to left field, 2 RBI; Rocky Liveoak scored. 
4th Breyden Varner grounded out to ss, RBI; Rey Lozano scored. 
4th Chase Edwards homered to right field, RBI.
4th Erick Aguirre reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; Dakota Ebarb out at second ss to 2b; Rocky Liveoak advanced to third; Sam Swartz scored. 
5th Chase Edwards singled to center field, RBI; Josh Stephens scored, unearned. 
6th Erick Aguirre homered to right field, RBI.

Notables:
The Eagles generated three home runs in the contest. Erick Aguirre, Dakota Ebarb and Chase Edwards all hit homers.
Corey Steward picked up his first win of the season in relief.

GAME TWO
Overview:
In a game that was close for eight innings, the conference affair turned into an East Texas Baptist University 10-4 victory in game two. Leading 5-3 heading into the ninth, East Texas Baptist broke open the contest with five runs in the top of the ninth. The Tigers owned just a 3-2 lead after seven, but exploded for five runs on five hits in the ninth. Zach Stanley went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Eagles.

Pitching Decisions:
WP: Derrick Findley (W, 2-1) 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO
LP: David Beck (L, 1-2) 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO

Scoring Summary
2nd - Zach Stanley reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; Erick Aguirre out at second ss to 2b; Dakota Ebarb advanced to third; Sam Swartz scored. 
7th - Erick Aguirre singled to center field, RBI; Dakota Ebarb advanced to third; Rocky Liveoak scored.
8th - Rocky Liveoak reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; Sam Swartz out at second ss to 2b; Chase Edwards advanced to third; Rey Lozano scored. 
9th - Rey Lozano doubled to left field, RBI; Erick Aguirre scored.

Notables:
Breyden Varner, Sam Swartz and Zach Stanley had doubles in the game. It gives Stanley four on the season, while Swartz has three and Varner has two. 

Up Next:
The Eagles finish the series Monday with a nine-inning game at 1:00 p.m.