Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Searcy, Arkansas | Jerry Moore Field
Game One: University of the Ozarks 4, Harding University 1
Game Two: Harding University 2, University of the Ozarks 1
University of the Ozarks (6-6)
Harding University (11-6)
The Eagles picked up a 4-1 win against NCAA II Harding University behind strong pitching and solid defense. Starting pitcher Garrett Williams scattered five hits over five innings to pick up the win. Williams allowed just one run and walked only one while fanning a pair. The Eagles gave Williams all the run support he needed in the second inning. Erick Aguirre, Sam Swartz and Josh Stephens all singled to the outfield to push across runs. Leading 3-0, the Eagles got an insurance run in the fourth on Breyden Varner's RBI single. From there, pitcher Tyler Vernon threw a scoreless inning and closer Corey Steward tossed the final inning to receive a save. The defense did not commit an error in the game. Both teams had seven hits. Varner paced the Eagles with a 2-for-3 performance.
WP: Garrett Williams (W, 1-2) 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
LP: Dylan Adcock (L, 0-1) 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
2nd - Erick Aguirre singled to center field, RBI; Rocky Liveoak advanced to second; Zach Stanley scored. 1 - 0
2nd - Sam Swartz singled to left field, RBI; Erick Aguirre advanced to second; Rocky Liveoak scored. 2 - 0
2nd - Josh Stephens singled down the rf line, RBI; Sam Swartz advanced to third; Erick Aguirre scored. 3 - 0
4th - Breyden Varner singled to center field, RBI; Rey Lozano advanced to third; Dakota Ebarb scored
It was the first win over an in-state NCAA II school since the 2006 season. That year, the Eagles topped Arkansas Tech 9-2.
The Eagles opened the game with a run, but that would be all Harding starting pitcher Ty Hoecker allowed over the next six innings. Hoecker tossed a two-hitter to claim the win.
LP: Brady Taylor (L, 0-1) 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
WP: Ty Hoecker (W, 2-0) 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO
The Eagles host Concordia University Texas for a three-game series March 1-2.