Eagle baseball gains momentum by taking down defending national champions

Picture by: Xxavier Robertson

Donald Coe

Friday

The Eagles’ late rally came up short in game one in Conway, falling to the Chanticleers 6-5. Entering the ninth inning, the Eagles trailed 6-2 when they were able to put a few hits together with no outs to get the bases loaded.

The Eagles were able to run the first Chanticleer pitcher off the mound before Holmes came in and got a couple of ground outs to make the game 6-5, but with two outs. Senior Jordan Wren came to the plate with a chance to tie the game and hit a long, loud fly ball to center that was hauled in for the final out.

Freshman Mason McWhorter and senior Ryan Cleveland both hit solo home runs, which were their fourth and ninth home runs respectively, to lead Eagle hitters.

Saturday

The Eagles tied up the series in game two to set up a rubber match on Sunday with an extra inning victory over the Chanticleers. The Eagles took the victory 7-6 with freshman Mason McWhorter having a big game and hitting in the go ahead RBI. McWhorter went 3-3 and had two RBIs, including a home run in his second straight game.

The game was a back and forth affair, with the Eagles drawing first blood, and never trailed the entire game. There were four different times the Chanticleers came back to tie the game, but the Eagle defense stood tall to not let them break through.

Senior Evan Challenger got the start on the mound for the Eagles, and did not have the most graceful day, but was able to work out of jams to only allow three runs.

Sunday

Game three turned out to be a nail biter for the Eagles coming down to the final pitch. The Eagles came back from a 2-0 hole and scored three unanswered runs in the late innings to win a thriller in Conway 3-2.

In the top of the eighth inning, the Eagles worked the bases loaded and no outs with a couple of walks and a hit-by pitch. Freshman Mason McWhorter came to the plate and drew a walk that tied the game at two.

Sophomore Tyler Martin was the next batter up and hit into a double play, but it brought the eventual winning run in to score. Senior pitcher Landon Hughes took the hill in the ninth and escaped with a Coastal baserunner on third to close out for the win.

The Eagles return to action with a game at Mercer on Tuesday and play them again at J.I. Clements Stadium on Wednesday.