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BPC Takes 2 From Loyola

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The Brewton-Parker College baseball team took on #13 ranked Layola of New Orleans last week and took two of three games.

On Friday it proved to be a bitter-sweet day for several members of the Brewton-Parker Baseball program as the Barons (17-22, 9-14 SSAC) returned home to Mount Vernon for Senior Night to open the weekend series against No. 13-ranked Loyola New Orleans (La.).

The Barons swept the Wolf Pack (30-11, 15-8 SSAC) with a walkoff win in game one and followed with a solid performance in the second game to help secure the program's third SSAC series of the season and the 2-0 lead in the SSAC Series of the Week.

Game 1

Loyola threatened early with back-to-back singles in the opening frame, yet a double play closed the door shut for a scoreless first inning. The Wolf Pack struck first in the second inning with three runs on two hits and a BPC miscue for a 3-0 lead before pushing two more home in the third for a five-run edge on two hits.

Jordan Rahn hit a missile over the right field wall to gain a run back in the bottom of the third inning. Brewton- Parker followed with a two-run homer from Jacob Mantooth to cut the deficit down to just two runs in the fourth.

The Wolf Pack added to the tally in the fifth inning with an RBI double to lead 6-3. The Barons responded in the sixth inning with three runs scored on a dropped fly ball to level the game at 6-6. Loyola reclaimed the lead with a solo homer in the seventh and followed with a two-RBI single to lead 9-6.

Brewton-Parker battled in the seventh inning with three straight walks to open the inning. Rahn brought a run home with a single to left before Carson Kirby brought another in on a two-out walk to pull within one. Kyran Coleman doubled to right center to score two and secure a 10-9 walkoff victory to knock off the No. 13-ranked Wolf Pack in the first game of the weekend series.

Loyola led 11-7 in hits while Rahn led Brewton-Parker by going 3-for-3 with three hits, two RBI, two runs, and one walk. Coleman followed with two hits, two RBI, and a pair of walks. Alex Muns opened with 4.1 innings worth of work, giving away eight hits while allowing six runs on two walks and one strikeout. Ty Cook (5-4) pitched for 2.2 innings and gave away just three earned runs on three hits while striking out a trio as well.

Game 2

Loyola opened the game with a huge threerun homer in the first inning with Brewton-Parker responding in the bottom half of the frame by scoring on a wild pitch for a 3-1 game. A one-out single and a two-out RBI base hit moved the Wolf Pack to a 4-1 advantage in the top of the second.

Rahn barreled a double to right field in leadoff position in the second and was pushed home on a two-run shot from Mantooth to cut the BPC deficit down to one run. The Barons leveled the score on a passed ball to close the scoring in the inning.

Three scoreless innings passed before Brewton-Parker took care of the bottom of the sixth with a single from Kendell Wade and a two-RBI double from Tate Worrell for a 6-4 lead. The Barons pushed another run home in the eighth with Kirby notching a one-out double followed by an RBI single from Coleman for a 7-4 edge.

Despite opening the ninth inning with three straight walks, the Barons managed to take care of business thanks to Muns' relief efforts as he struck out two batters to help close the game with the bases loaded for the two-game lead in the series.

Brewton-Parker held a 9-6 lead in hits with Kirby leading the way with a pair of hits and runs. Worrell led with two RBI alongside Mantooth. Mantooth notched a homer while Kirby, Worrell, and Rahn all produced a double each. Wade stole two bags with Kennard Dawson, Coleman, and Kirby all stealing one apiece. Bryce Morley started and pitched 3.2 innings, giving away four earned runs on five hits and six walks while striking out five. Cook (6-4) earned another win, tossing 4.1 innings worth of work, allowing just one hit while striking out five batters and walking two. Carlos Rodriguez made a quick appearance on the mound in the ninth with three walks before Muns returned to pick up his first save of the season with two strikeouts and a flyout.

Game 3

Bre w t o n – Pa r k e r Baseball dropped game three of the SSAC Series of the Week against No. 13 Loyola (La.) on Saturday afternoon. The Barons (17-23, 9-16 SSAC) fell 6-5 to the Wolf Pack (31-11, 16-8 SSAC).

In the top of the first, Loyola picked up a hit and scored an unearned run after a leadoff error. The Barons responded in the bottom of the second inning when Kennard Dawson walked to first then stole second and advanced around the bases to home plate from a pair of errors from the Wolf Pack catcher. Loyola took a 2-1 lead with two hits in the top of the third inning.

After three scoreless innings, the Barons picked up some steam in the bottom of the seventh with Michael Son gathering a single and Dawson hitting a big two-run home run to take a 3-2 lead. in the eighth inning, Kyran Coleman and Son walked to get on base. A single from Dawson scored Coleman, and a single from Jordan Rahn scored Son giving the Barons a 5-2 lead.

In the top of the ninth, the Wolf Pack gathered a pair of singles and an error to load the bases before taking a 6-5 lead with a Loyola grand slam. The Barons were not able to answer back in the bottom of the ninth and took a 6-5 loss to end the series.

Brewton-Parker was behind 10-6 in hits with Dawson getting two hits and two runs. Son gathered one hit and two runs. Jacob Mantooth, Kendell Wade, and Rahn all gathered one hit each. Brandon Russell pitched 7.0 innings and produced seven strikeouts while giving up three walks, six hits, and two runs. Ty Cook (6-5) pitched 1.1 innings and recorded one strikeout while giving up four hits, four runs, and one walk. Ryan Dopson closed the final two-thirds of the ninth and got two strikeouts.

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