Sunday, May 3, 2009

Texarkana College routs Arkansas Baptist, 24-2...

Texarkana College routs Arkansas Baptist, 24-2

Arkansas Baptist College provided a little batting practice for Texarkana College as the Bulldogs pounded out 20 hits in a 24-2 victory Saturday at George Dobson Field.

Included in the 20 hits were two home runs by Austin Atwell in his first two at-bats, and another by Thomas Watson.

Zach Fowler was the Bulldogs’ starting pitcher, throwing two innings. Seven pitchers followed Fowler to the mound, throwing one inning each.

This was a warmup game before the state playoffs later this week for the Bulldogs.

“We did get some benefit from this game,” said TC head coach Will Bolt. “We were able to see different players get some action, and get some work for our pitchers.”

Texarkana had a pair of six-run innings and scored in all but one frame in the nine-inning contest.

A 22-minute rain delay interrupted play in the fourth inning with the Bulldogs on top, 11-2, at the time.

During the rain delay, it was decided to play just one nine-inning game instead of the originally scheduled two seven-inning contests.

Atwell’s home run in the first inning put the Bulldogs on top 1-0, but Arkansas Baptist answered on three straight hits in the second inning. A diving catch by Devin Day down the right-field foul line saved two more runs.

The Bulldogs then exploded for six runs on five hits in the bottom of the second inning.

In the rain-delayed fourth inning, the Bulldogs scored five times for a 14-2 lead.

A two-run homer by Watson highlighted a six-run fifth inning.

After Fowler’s two-inning stint on the mound, Brittan Diamond, Ty Moore, Justin Fielden, Shane Cole, Justin Fowler, Joaquin Hinojosa, and John Stilson pitched an inning apiece.

Lance Marvel and Stilson paced the Bulldogs’ 20-hit attack with three hits each. David Allday, Jordy Snikeris, David Allday, Atwell, and Day had two hits each.

Dan Short and Garry Thomas had two hits each for Arkansas Baptist, a first-year baseball program.

Arkansas Baptist 010 100 000 — 2 8 2

Texarkana College 162 561 30x — 24 20 2

Clayton Fenton, Andrew Acklin (4), Mike Brown (5), Cody Hill (7) and Jake House, Mike Brown (7). Zach Fowler, Brittan Diamond (3), Ty Moore (4), Justin Fielden (5), Shane Cole (6), Justin Fowler (7), Joaquin Hinojosa (8), John Stilson (9) and Jordy Snikeris. WP-Diamond. LP-Fenton. HR: Texarkana, Austin Atwell, 1st, none on; Atwell 2nd, one on; Thomas Watson, 5th, one on.