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Baron baseball swept by Southern Polytechnic
BPC pitcher Brian Stauff attempts to pick off a Thomas University player March 20 at Baron Field. (Photo by Ashley Byrd)
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
MARIETTA – In baseball, one run makes all the difference. That proved to be a sobering reality for Brewton-Parker College this past weekend, as the Barons (15-15, 5-10 SSAC) were swept by Southern Polytechnic State University.
“Even though we lost all three games this weekend, we played very well,” said head coach Hayne Brant. “We had a chance to win all three.”
In a 2-1 loss on Friday to open the series, Gary Stauff led the Barons with a 2-for-3, one RBI performance. Baker Romine and Phil Merrill also had a hit apiece.
Starter Shaun O’Toole took the loss on the mound. He pitched a complete eight inning game and gave up two runs (both earned) on six hits. He walked four and struck out six.
The Barons had a little more offense in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The team, however, blew a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh to see Southern Polytechnic slip away, 5-4. Merrill and Phillip Lee were the offensive leaders, each going 2-for-4 in the game. Ian Wright, Josh Sasser and Kyle Smith each contributed offensively with a hit. Smith drove in two RBIs, while Merrill and Stauff each drove in one.
Chance Callaway, who pitched in relief of starter Tremayne Holland, picked up the loss. He pitched the final inning, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits and struck out two. Holland gave up two runs (both earned) on two hits over six innings over work. He walked seven and struck out nine.
The second game of the doubleheader saw the Barons manage only three hits – one each from Stauff, Josh Evans, and Ray Meyers – as the Runnin’ Hornets completed the weekend sweep, 1-0.
Despite pitching a complete game, JF Neveu took the loss. He gave up one earned run on five hits and struck out five over six innings.
Brant acknowledges that his pitchers were consistent over the course of the series, giving the Barons a shot at winning each game. According to Brant, though, for the team to be successful the rest of the season, there needs to be an increase in offensive production.
“If we can get our bats going and our pitchers keep throwing the way they have, we will be a very dangerous team,” he said.
The Barons began a four game home stand March 27 against the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Reinhardt College comes to Mount Vernon March 30-31 for a three game weekend series.