Wildcats split non-conference games at Baton Rouge
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College extended its winning streak to seven games Tuesday, then saw that streak come to an end, as the Wildcats split a non-conference doubleheader at Baton Rouge (La.).
The Wildcats pounded five Bear pitchers in a 19-4 victory in the opener, but dropped the nightcap 3-2.
Fourteenth-ranked PRCC (16-4) completed its non-conference schedule as the Wildcats near the midway point of the 2018 season. BRCC is now 9-21.
Sophomore Derek Eberly (Blountstown, Fla.) had four hits and drove in four runs for Pearl River in the first game. Eberly also had an RBI double and sophomore Simon Landry (Ponchatoula, La.) had a home run in the nightcap.
Derek Eberly Simon Landry
The Wildcats scored three runs in the top of the second inning, all with two outs. Four walks helped Pearl River in the inning, and Eberly delivered a two-run single and Landry added a run-scoring single.
Baton Rouge tied it up with three runs in the bottom of the second off sophomore Camden Dusang (Carriere), but PRCC broke the tie with three runs in the third, three more in the fourth, then erupted for seven runs in the fifth.
With the 10-run rule in effect, the Wildcats added three more runs in the top of the seventh. In all, Pearl River racked up 24 hits. Sophomore Scooter Gin (Columbia) had a pair of triples, and redshirt freshman Matt Taylor (Raleigh) also tripled.
Dusang (4-0) settled down and only allowed one more run, that coming in the sixth. He gave up six hits, four runs, all earned, struck out three and walked two. Redshirt freshman Dylan Usry (Lake) gave up a hit, but struck out three in the bottom of the seventh.
Baton Rouge took a 1-0 lead in the second inning and added two more in the third to build what proved to be an insurmountable lead.
PRCC got a run in the fifth on a two-out double by Eberly, and Landry smacked his seventh homer of the season to lead off the sixth. But the Wildcats were set down in order the rest of the way.
Freshman Deyton Lingle (Lake) started for the Wildcats, evening his record at 1-1.
PRCC travels to face Northeast Mississippi at noon Saturday. The MACJC doubleheader at Booneville will livestream on nemcctv.com. The Wildcats will return to Dub Herring Park next Tuesday to take on Mississippi Gulf Coast in 3 p.m. doubleheader.
PRCC BASEBALL LINESCORES
Tuesday at Baton Rouge, La.
Pearl River 19, Baton Rouge 4 (7 innings)
PRCC 033 370 3 – 19 24 0
BRCC 030 001 0 – 4 7 0
PEARL RIVER (16-3): Derek Eberly 2B, 3 1B (4 RBIs); Bryson Medious 2 1B; Simon Landry 3 1B; Shemar Page 2B; Matt Taylor 3B, 2 1B; Wiley Cleland 2B, 1B; Luke Harper 2B, 1B; Magruder O’Bannon 2 1B; Scooter Ginn 2 3B; Trenton Lee 2B; Brycen Scott 1B; Noah Lewis 1B. WP – Camden Dusang (4-0). Also pitching – Dylan Usry.
BATON ROUGE (8-21): Seth Daughtry 1B; Tyler Caston 2B; Alex Courtier 1B; Hunter David 2B; Kolby Blanchard 2B, 1B; Garrett Barrilleaux 1B. LP – Brandt Garrett (0-3). Also pitching – Brandon Morris; Connor Tregre; Trevor Benoit; Cameron Crawford.
Baton Rouge 3, Pearl River 2
PRCC 000 011 0 – 2 6 0
BRCC 012 010 x – 3 5 0
PEARL RIVER (16-4): Derek Eberly 2B; Simon Landry HR (solo); Noah Barron 1B; Shemar Page 1B; Wiley Cleland 1B. LP – Deyton Lingle (1-1). Also pitching – Cameron Havard; Austin Elliott; Dylan Usry; Luke Bradley.
BATON ROUGE (9-21): Seth Daughtry 1B; Kolby Blanchard 21B; Samuel Jarrell 1B; Joseph Schoop 1B. WP – Joseph Battaglia (2-0). Save – Keith Meier (2). Also pitching – Evan Becnel.