Spalding Baseball Edges Eagles In Double-Header

Dalton Spurgeon struck out 11 batters in a loss against Spalding.

Game Details:
Friday, March 8, 2019 
Clarksville, Arkansas | Lonnie R. Qualls Field

Game One: Spalding University 4, University of the Ozarks 3
Game Two: Spalding University 4, University of the Ozarks 2

Records:

University of the Ozarks (6-12)
Spalding University (9-3)
 
GAME ONE
Overview:
Spalding overcame a strong pitching performance from starter Dalton Spurgeon to edge the Eagles 4-3 in game one. Spurgeon mowed down 11 Spalding batters over 8.1 innings, but ended up receiving the loss. A big RBI double from Spalding's Zane Baker in the top of the ninth proved to be the difference in the game against Spurgeon. But it was the Eagles who plated three runs in the first on two hits. Chase Edwards was responsible for two of those runs as he laced a single to centerfield. The other run came from a Spalding miscue in the field. Spalding matched the Eagles with three runs in the next frame to even the score. Neither team produced much offense until Spalding recorded two hits in the ninth. After allowing hits in the first and second, Spurgeon threw a hitless third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Edwards and Rey Lozano each had two hits.

Pitching Decisions:
WP: Aaron Blake (W, 1-2) 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
LP: Dalton Spurgeon (L, 0-2) 8.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 11 SO

Ozarks Scoring Summary: 
1st - Chase Edwards singled to center field, 2 RBI; Breyden Varner advanced to second; Rey Lozano scored; Rocky Liveoak scored. 
1st - Sam Swartz reached first on an error by ss; Chase Edwards advanced to second; Breyden Varner scored, unearned.

Notables:
Dalton Spurgeon struck out 11 batters in 8.1 innings of work. He faced 33 batters.

GAME TWO
Overview: Pitchers David Beck and Brady Taylor limited Spalding to four hits, but the visitors pulled out a 4-2 win in game two. Spalding scored on an error in the first. The Eagles answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI double from Breyden Varner. The Eagles took a 2-1 lead in the second behind a Josh Stephens solo home run. However, Spalding kept the Eagles off the board the rest of the way and pushed across the go-ahead run in the third on two-run homer. Starter David Beck went four innings and struck out three while allowing four hits. Brady Taylor threw three innings and did not allow a hit.

Pitching Decisions:
WP: Zach Jones (W, 2-0) 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
LP: David Beck (L, 1-4) 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO

Ozarks Scoring Summary:
1st - Breyden Varner doubled to left center, RBI; Rey Lozano scored, unearned. 
2nd - Josh Stephens homered down the lf line, RBI.

Up Next:
The Eagles will finish the series against Spalding Saturday at 12:00 p.m.