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Barons avenge loss to SCAD; swept at home by No. 5 AUM
Josh Sasser takes a swing against No. 5 Auburn University-Montgomery during a weekend doubleheader. Phil Merrill (left) and Matt Stanley (right) look on. AUM swept the Barons in the opening conference series for both teams. (Photo by Nicole Mathis)
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON – With the conference opener against a preseason top five team looming on the horizon, the Brewton-Parker College baseball team used a three run ninth inning to take the sting out of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)’s Bees Feb. 20. The Barons (7-5, 0-3 SSAC) avenged a Valentine’s Day loss to the Bees, winning in Hinesville, 7-4.
“This was a great game,” said head coach Hayne Brant. “Both teams battled for nine innings.”
BPC enjoyed a three run lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning when SCAD scored three earned runs off Jarret Bristol. With the game tied in the ninth, Phil Merrill hit a lead off double and scored on a Josh King single. King then took second base as Merrill was scoring. Baker Romine followed with a single, driving in King. Evans finished the inning with a double, which scored Romine.
JF Neveu (4-0) pitched the last two innings in relief, allowing no runs or hits while striking out one. Starter Tremayne Holland went two innings and allowed one run (earned) and no hits while walking two and striking out one. Brian Stauff, Bristol, and Chance Callaway also pitched in relief.
At the plate the Barons were led by Matt Stanley’s 2-for-3 performance, which included a home run and two RBI. Josh Sasser (2-for-4), King (2-for-4, 1 RBI), and Merrill (2-for-3) all contributed offensively in the win.
BPC then played host to No. 5 Auburn University-Montgomery (AUM) in a weekend series that was also the conference opener for both teams. In game one Friday night, the Senators’ Daniel Forrer – a transfer from Southeastern Conference power LSU – threw a no hitter en route to a 15-0 shutout of the Barons.
“We were shut down completely Friday night,” Brant said. “We could not get anything started throughout the entire game.”
Shaun O’Toole (1-1) went six innings for the Barons giving up nine runs (eight earned) on twelve hits while striking out three. Jarrett Bristol pitched one inning in relief and gave up six runs (all earned) and six hits.
The Senators picked up where they left off in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, scoring four runs in the top of the first on their way to a 10-3 win.
“On Saturday, I expected AUM to come out a little flat, but I was completely wrong,” said Brant.
Josh Sasser led the Barons offensively, going 2-for-4 with one RBI. Kyle Smith and Jeremy Brown each went 1-for 2, while Josh Evans and Phil Merrill each turned in 1-for-3 performances. Ian Wright and Jopoey Fears picked up the team’s other two RBI.
Tremayne Holland (1-1, 1 save) went five innings for the Barons, giving up nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits. He walked three and struck out four. Chance Callaway pitched the final two innings, giving up one run on one hit while striking out one.
Six errors plagued the Barons in game two Saturday afternoon as the Senators completed the weekend sweep, winning 10-1.
Phillip Lee was the offensive leader for BPC, turning in a 2-for-4 performance. Sasser, Fears, and Gary Stauff each went 1-for-3 with Stauff picking up the team’s only RBI.
JF Neveu (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season, giving up seven runs (six earned) on five hits over six innings of work. He walked two and struck out nine. Brian Stauff pitched one inning in relief and gave up three runs (all earned) on one hit. He walked two and struck out one.
Brant hopes to turn the weekend series into a learning tool for his team.
“I am glad we faced AUM early,” he said. “Hopefully this will open our eyes and we can get back to work so that we can get better. We (now) know what we need to work on to compete at the highest level.”
The Barons began a five game road trip at Edward Waters College this past Tuesday. The road trip ends this weekend (Mar. 2-3) at Emmanuel College. BPC will then enjoy a nine game home stand beginning Mar. 6 against Milligan College.