Varner Homers Twice To Lead Eagles To Series Win

Breyden Varner homered twice in a 13-3 win over ETBU.

Game Details:
Monday, February 25, 2019 
Clarksville, Arkansas | Lonnie R. Qualls Field

Game Three: University of the Ozarks 13, East Texas Baptist University 3


University of the Ozarks (5-5, 2-1 ASC)
East Texas Baptist University (5-5, 1-2 ASC)
The Eagles played one of their best games of the season combining an outstanding pitching effort, home run hitting and flawless defense to upend East Texas Baptist University 13-3 and win the series Monday afternoon. Freshman starting pitcher Blake Benson threw another gem to move his record to 2-0 on the season. Benson tossed a complete game (7.0 innings), struck out four, issued just one walk and faced 28 batters. Meanwhile, the Eagles' offense went through six Tiger pitchers in the game and Breyden Varner homered twice to power the offense. Chase Edwards also homered, but it was Rocky Liveoak that led the offense with three hits. Varner and Edwards went yard in back-to-back at-bats in the first inning. The Eagles' defense played error free for Benson. In the sixth, the Eagles exploded for seven runs on five hits to take a 9-2 lead. In the seventh, Varner cranked out his fifth home run of the season to drive in three runs. Varner finished with five RBI and Edwards had three RBI.

Pitching Decisions:
WP: Blake Benson (W, 2-0) 7.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
LP: John Marrs (L, 0-2) 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

Scoring Summary
Bottom of 1st Inning
Stephens grounded out to ss.
Lozano struck out swinging.
Varner homered to left field, RBI.
Edwards homered to right field, RBI.
Swartz popped up to 2b.

Bottom of 6th Inning
Swartz flied out to rf.
Liveoak singled to center field.
Ebarb hit by pitch; Liveoak advanced to second.
A.Arellano to p for J.Marrs.
Aguirre walked; Ebarb advanced to second; Liveoak advanced to third.
Stanley walked, RBI; Aguirre advanced to second; Ebarb advanced to third; Liveoak scored.
C.Godkin to p for A.Arellano.
Stephens singled to center field, RBI; Stanley advanced to second; Aguirre advanced to third; Ebarb scored.
Lozano singled to second base, RBI; Stephens advanced to second; Stanley advanced to third; Aguirre scored.
Varner reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; Lozano advanced to second; Stephens advanced to third; Stanley scored.
Edwards singled to left field, advanced to second on an error by lf, 2 RBI; Varner advanced to third; Lozano scored; Stephens scored.
C.Boudreaux to p for C.Godkin.
Swartz struck out looking.
Liveoak singled to third base, RBI; Edwards advanced to third; Varner scored.
Liveoak advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Ebarb struck out looking.

Bottom of 7th Inning
D.Singletary to rf.
E.Gipson to p for C.Boudreaux.
Aguirre grounded out to ss.
Stanley tripled to right field.
Stephens singled to center field, RBI; Stanley scored.
Lozano walked; Stephens advanced to second.
Z.Pierce to p for E.Gipson.
Varner homered to left field, 3 RBI; Lozano scored; Stephens scored.

Breyden Varner hit two home runs in a game for the second time this season. Varner also accomplished the feat against Westminster College February 17.
Freshman left-hander Blake Benson tossed his second gem in his second start of the season. Benson threw a complete game and struck out four to move to 2-0.
Chase Edwards recorded his fifth multiple-RBI game of the season. Against ETBU, he drove in three runs.

Up Next:
The Eagles travel to Searcy to take on Harding University February 26 for a double-header.