Monday, February 23, 2009

Bulldogs Complete Sweep

Bulldogs complete sweep

Texarkana College’s Austin Atwell slides into second base ahead of the throw to Coffeyville Community College’s Blake Hageman Sunday at George Dobson Field. The Bulldogs defeated Coffeyville, 18-0, to complete a four-game sweep.
The Coffeyville Ravens came a long way (a nine-hour trip from Southeast Kansas) just to get walloped in four games by the Texarkana College Bulldogs this weekend.

The Bulldogs outscored Coffeyville, 49-9, which included an 18-0 victory Sunday at George Dobson Field.

Texarkana banged out 14 hits, including home runs by Tanner Bailey and Ian Gilley, to back up two-hit pitching. John Stilson pitched the first five innings, allowing both hits, while striking out seven and walking three. Four relievers pitched an inning each to preserve the shutout.

“We have been playing really well the last six games,” said Texarkana College coach Will Bolt. “I have been real pleased with the way we have approached the games. Our defense and pitching has been good, and we’ve been getting a lot of big two-out hits to keep innings alive.”

The Bulldogs (10-3), winners of six straight, will be on the road Tuesday, playing Eastern Oklahoma in a doubleheader.

Texarkana scored in all but two innings of its eight at-bats, including a five-run sixth inning.

The Bulldogs got a few breaks early to score twice in the first inning.

With one out and a runner on second, David Allday reached on an error. Jordan Monday then balked home Austin Atwell with the first run.

Gip Hendrix then singled and stole second, putting runners on second and third. After the second out, Thomas Watson had an infield hit when the second baseman slipped after backhanding the ball.

After loading the bases on walks in the second inning, and failing to score, the Bulldogs scored three runs in the third inning after two outs.

After a walk to Watson and a single by Brittan Diamond, Jordy Snikeris doubled down the leftfield line, driving in two runs. Devin Day singled Snikeris home with the third run.

Coffeyville got its only two hits in the fourth inning on singles by Danny Marcuzzo and Eli Dykens. It was the only time in the game the Ravens had advanced a runner past first base.

Texarkana continued to pull away with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth and two runs in the fifth for a 10-0 lead.

The Bulldogs put up five runs on the scoreboard in the sixth on just three hits. All the runs scored after two outs, and Diamond on base with a single.

Day drew a walk, Trey Buck singled, and Atwell walked to load the bases. Bailey then blasted his home run over the rightfield wall for a grand slam and a 15-0 lead.

Texarkana closed out its scoring with three runs in the seventh. Gilley led off the inning with a home run over the centerfield wall and Atwell drove in the final two runs with a single.

Taylor Nichols, Colton Reavis, Gilley, and Joaquin Hinojosa pitched an inning each and did not allow a base hit and gave up just two walks.

Four players (Atwell, Hendrix, Diamond, and Snikeris) had two hits each.

Coffeyville 000 000 000 — 0 2 5

Texarkana 203 325 30x — 18 14 0

Jordan Monday, Tommy Moses (4), Luke Anderson (6), Blake Hageman (8) and Matt Dahms. John Stilson, Taylor Nichols (6), Colton Reavis (7), Ian Gilley (8), and Joaquin Hinojosa (9) and Jordy Snikeris, Michael Long (7). WP-Stilson. LP-Monday. HR: Texarkana, Tanner Bailey, 6th, three on; Ian Gilley, 7th, none on.