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Baron baseball routs SCAD, drops two of three to Reinhardt

Gary Stauff at bat
BPC Baron Gary Stauff was on fire this weekend, leading the Barons at the plate. He makes connection with the ball and pulls his swing through against Reinhardt March 30. (Photo by Ashley Byrd)

By Taylor Hereford

Director of Marketing

MOUNT VERNON – After watching his team hit for a combined .177 average (14-for-79) during a sweep by Southern Polytechnic State University March 23-24, head coach Hayne Brant made a prophetic statement.

“If we can get our bats going and our pitchers to keep throwing the way they have, we will be a very dangerous team,” he said.

G. Stauff, Josh Sasser
Teammate Josh Sasser congratulates G. Stauff (#27) on his homerun.

The Brewton-Parker College baseball team’s bats indeed came alive, exploding for 16 hits in a 12-2 rout of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) March 27.

“This was a great game for us coming off a seven game losing streak,” said Brant.  “We really got our bats going.  It is nice to finally get the monkey off our back.”

All nine batters in the Barons’ (17-17, 6-12 SSAC) starting lineup had at least one hit in the game.  Phil Merrill and Jeremy Brown led the way – Merrill going a perfect 4-for-4 (two RBIs) and Brown also finishing perfect (2-for-2, two RBIs).    Phillip Lee and Gary Stauff (one RBI) each went 2-for-3, while Jopoey Fears turned in a 2-for-4, one RBI performance.  Kale Lewis (three RBIs), Josh Sasser, Ian Wright (two RBIs) and Josh Evans (one RBI) all had hits in the game.

Starter Brian Stauff went the distance on the mound, pitching seven strong innings.  He gave up two runs (both earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out seven.

The Barons’ offense remained productive this past weekend against Reinhardt College, with the team averaging 8.3 runs and 11.3 hits over the three-game series.  However, despite having a chance to win all three games, BPC managed to only take the opening game of the series, 12-7.

“We played hard all three games,” said Brant.  “We had a chance to win both games that we lost.  Hopefully we can learn from this and work hard to improve.”

Lee (three RBIs) and Sasser (one RBI) led the Barons at the plate in game one, each going 3-for-5.  Evans finished 3-for-4 with one RBI, while Brown finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs.  G. Stauff (one RBI), Wright and Fears also had hits for the Barons.  Lewis and Merrill drove in the remaining RBIs.

Shaun O’Toole picked up the win, giving up five runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings of work.  He walked four and struck out four.  Chance Callaway and B. Stauff pitched the last two innings in relief, combining for two runs (both earned) on three hits with one walk and one strikeout.

The Barons had a chance to win the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader with the bases loaded and only one out but could not drive in the winning run.  Reinhardt escaped, 7-6 in 10 innings.

G. Stauff’s 2-for-4, three RBIs performance led BPC at the plate.  Sasser was a perfect 3-for-3, while Merrill, Wright, Brown and Baker Romine all had hits.  Evans and Fears drove in the other three RBIs. 

B. Stauff, who pitched in relief of starter Tremayne Holland, took the loss on the mound.  He pitched four and one-third innings and gave up one run (earned) on three hits and walked one.  Holland went four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs (all earned) on nine hits.  He walked four and struck out five.

After finding themselves trailing 8-0 by the fourth inning of Saturday’s second doubleheader game, the Barons battled back but fell short, 8-7.  G. Stauff once again led BPC on offense, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Romine went 2-for-4 with one RBI.  Other offensive contributors included Lee (1-for-3, one RBI), Sasser (1-for-2, one RBI), Brown (1-for-2, one RBI) and Evan Pedrick (1-for-2).

Starter JF Neveu picked up the loss after giving up eight runs (all earned) on nine hits over three and two-thirds innings.  He walked two and struck out one.  Jarrett Bristol finished the game in relief by walking one and striking out two.

After traveling to Orangeburg, S.C. April 3 to face Claflin College, the Barons return home for a three-game weekend series April 6-7 against Berry College.  Friday’s game is at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.



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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM