Barons win two of three games against #5 Lee University
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College Barons Baseball team took the first two games of the three-game series against #5 Lee University March 13 (3-2, 3-2) on the backs of two strong pitching performances, error free baseball, and timely hitting.
Then on Sunday afternoon (March 14), after winning those two nail biters in extra innings, the Barons were not able to keep the Lee University bats quiet Sunday afternoon (March 14), as the Flames rolled in the third game of the series 10-0.
In game 1, Brewton-Parker ace pitcher Joey Delgado was dominant. He threw a complete game, gave up only 2 runs, and struck out 7 for his 5th win of the season.
The game was scoreless until the 5th when the Flames were able to string together back to back 2 out hits to push a run across in the frame. The Barons bats quickly answered in the bottom half of the inning with Brian Hobbs sending a 3-2 fastball over the right field fence to tie the score at 1. Brewton-Parker took the lead in the same inning when Ryan Lummus scored on Derrick Fox's infield single.
The score remained 2-1 until the top of the seventh, when Lee shortstop Jose Cuevas doubled down the left field line scoring pinch runner Ross Collins and tying the game. Delgado was able to wiggle out of the inning with no more damage, and the game remained tied going into the bottom of the ninth. With 2 outs, and nobody on base, Gary Stauff was hit by a pitch. A bunt single by Kale Lewis moved pinch runner Ryan Lummus to second, bringing up Derrick Fox with a chance to win the game. Fox did not disappoint. BPC was able to fight off 2 pitches with 2 strikes before singling just beyond the reach of Lee's diving 2nd baseman. The hit scored Lummus from second, and won the game 3-2 for the Barons.
In game 2, Delgis Soto took the mound for the Barons, and was equally as dominant. Soto also threw a complete game, and gave up 2 runs, while striking out 9.
Brewton-Parker got on the board first in this one, taking a 1-0 lead in the third inning on Ryan Hewitt's 2 out single to left that scored Derrick Fox. The Flames were able to answer in the top of the fourth, scoring a run of their own, and tying the score at 1.
The score remained tied until the sixth when the Flames briefly took a 2-1 lead, but the Barons answered in the bottom half inning, tying the score at 2. Once again, the score was tied going into the bottom of the ninth inning. With 2 outs, and Derrick Fox at first base, Ryan Hewitt singled to right for his 4th hit of the game. Fox advanced to 3rd on the hit. On a 2-1 count to Barons center fielder Robby Kuzdale, Lee reliever Nolan Rudman threw a ball in the dirt that got away from catcher Taylor Comford. Derrick Fox scored on the wild pitch giving the Barons another late inning victory, 3-2.
The game was close until the fifth inning as Brewton-Parker starter Drew Parker battled to keep the Flames in check. However, 2 singles and a walk loaded the bases for Lee in the fifth, and the Barons went to the bullpen. A two out flare by Lee first baseman Edgar Molina scored two runs, and another walk loaded the bases again. Two balks and a wild pitch cleared the bases for Lee, and pushed the score to 7-0.
The Brewton-Parker hitters were never able to figure out Lee starter Scott Swinson, as they were only able to muster 3 hits in the ball game.
The Barons travel to Americus, GA on Tuesday to take on Georgia Southwestern State University in a single game scheduled for a 5:00 start.
The Barons are now 19-6 on the season, and 4-2 in the SSAC conference.