Saturday, March 9, 2019
Clarksville, Arkansas | Lonnie R. Qualls Field
Game Three: University of the Ozarks 18, Spalding University 16
University of the Ozarks (7-12)
Spalding University (9-4)
Windy conditions kept the ball flying out of Lonnie R. Qualls Field Saturday in game three against Spalding University. The Eagles used two grand slams and 12 runs in the seventh inning to overcome a 10-4 deficit to secure a wild 18-16 win. With wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour throughout the day, Spalding scored five runs in the first inning, including a three-run homer. Sam Swartz homered in the second to get one run back, but Spalding cranked out a two-run homer in the second to take a 7-1 lead. Swartz tripled in two runs in the third inning to make it 8-3. Trailing 10-4 after six complete innings, the Eagles changed the game by recording six hits and exploding for 12 runs in the seventh. The scoring begin when Josh Stephens drew a bases loaded walk, followed by a Zach Stanley RBI single. Another bases loaded walk, this time by Fielder Dufrene, drove in another run. Rocky Liveoak then blasted a grand slam to give the Eagles a 11-10 advantage. The patient Stephens drew another bases loaded walk to plate a run and then Stanley flexed his muscles by cranking out a grand slam to put the score at 16-10. The offensive show wasn't over for the Eagles as Liveoak and Breyden Varner hit solo home runs in the eighth. With the Eagles leading 18-12 and the game far from over, Spalding hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth. With one out, relief pitcher Tyler Vernon forced two flyouts to end the game. Liveoak went 3-for-5 with five RBI. Stanley went 2-for-3 with five RBI and three runs. Varner went 3-for-5 with four runs. Swartz went 3-for-5 with three RBI. In all, a combined eight home runs were hit in the game.
WP: Zachary Brizendine (W, 1-0) 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
LP: Peyton Hood (L, 0-2) 0.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Ozarks' Scoring Summary:
2nd - Sam Swartz homered to right center, RBI.
3rd - Sam Swartz tripled to right center, 2 RBI; Breyden Varner scored; Rey Lozano scored.
6th - Blake Hornsby doubled to left center, RBI; Zach Stanley scored.
7th - Josh Stephens walked, RBI; Sam Swartz advanced to second; Chase Edwards advanced to third; Breyden Varner scored.
7th - Zach Stanley singled to center field, RBI; Josh Stephens advanced to second; Sam Swartz advanced to third; Chase Edwards scored, unearned.
7th - Fielder Dufrene walked, RBI; Zach Stanley advanced to second; Josh Stephens advanced to third; Sam Swartz scored.
7th - Rocky Liveoak homered to left center, 4 RBI; Fielder Dufrene scored; Zach Stanley scored; Josh Stephens scored.
7th - Josh Stephens walked, RBI; Edwin Rodriguez advanced to second; Breyden Varner advanced to third; Rey Lozano scored, unearned.
7th - Zach Stanley homered to right field, 4 RBI, unearned; Josh Stephens scored, unearned; Edwin Rodriguez scored, unearned; Breyden Varner scored, unearned.
8th - Rocky Liveoak homered to left field, RBI.
8th - Breyden Varner homered down the lf line, RBI.
Rocky Liveoak and Zach Stanley both hit grand slams in the seventh inning.
Rocky Liveoak homered twice and drove in five runs.
A combined three grand slams were hit in the game.
A total of eight home runs were hit by Spalding and Ozarks.
The Eagles will travel to Arkadelphia to face Henderson State University March 12.