SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College baseball team scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to grab a three run lead and managed to hold on in the ninth for a 5-4 victory over the University of the Ozarks on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the ’Roos improve to 14-24 on the year.
The Eagles jumped on the board first when Cory Briggs reached on an error and later came around to score on a single by Andrew Teaster to make it a 1-0 game after an inning of play.
That remained the score until the bottom of the fourth when Austin College knotted things up on back to back doubles by Jordan Robison and Bennett Herrick.
The two teams carried the 1-1 game into the eighth when the Eagles took advantage of a pair of walks and a wild pitch to get runners in scoring position and Rusty Cordell hit a sacrifice fly to score Jeremy Hogan and make it a 2-1 game.
With two outs and one man aboard in the bottom of the eighth Herrick laced his second double of the game to score Scooter Merritt from second and in the next at bat Patrick Ray knocked a single to left to bring Herrick around and give the ’Roos a one run lead.
Two more runs would come home on a Lee Cohen single to cap the big inning and push the Austin College lead at 5-2.
The ’Roos found themselves in trouble early in the ninth after two walks and a single loaded the bases, and two runs would come home when David Smith doubled down the left field line to cut it to a 5-4 lead.
After the ’Roos issued an intentional walk to reload the bases with no outs, Lee Frank worked his way out of the jam and earned his first career save by getting a shallow fly out and a roller to third base for a game ending double play.
John Schulmeister got the win for the ’Roos while Will Chermak threw 7.1 strong innings. Chermak gave up two runs, only one earned, and struck out eight in getting the no decision. Robison, Herrick and Ray each had two hits in the game and Herrick and Cohen each knocked in a pair of runs to lead the ’Roos.
Austin College will host East Texas Baptist University on Tuesday in the final home game of the season for the ’Roos. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. at Baker Field.