EMCC Lions step out of conference play to split baseball twin bill at Baton Rouge

EMCC Lions step out of conference play to split baseball twin bill at Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. – Stepping out of conference play, the Lions of East Mississippi Community College split a road baseball doubleheader with Baton Rouge Community College Saturday afternoon.  EMCC prevailed 8-3 in the opener but dropped a 6-4 decision in the nightcap at Pete Goldsby Field.

In the scheduled nine-inning opener, the Lions staked starting pitcher Vijay Miller to a 3-1 lead through five innings.  In the second, Whitt Davis' leadoff triple off BRCC's Jon Jones was followed by a sacrifice fly off the bat of Austin Lowther.  A pair of Baton Rouge miscues then led to two more EMCC runs in the fourth.

With Miller scattering four hits over five innings, the Bears reached EMCC's two-sport standout for a run in the fifth.  Following a leadoff single by Seth Daugherty and John Mauldin's double, Joseph Domingue drove home BRCC's first run with a sacrifice fly to left.

The Lions added to their run total with three scores in the seventh, including back-to-back RBI singles from Mike Farnell and Davis, and two more tallies in the ninth on run-producing hits by Farnell and Lowther.

Baton Rouge scored solo runs in each of the last two innings off EMCC reliever Austin Howland to account for the 8-3 final in the opener.

EMCC's Miller struck out three and walked three to improve to 3-0 on the year.

The Lions' 11-hit team effort in the opening game was led by Anthony Hickman's 3-for-5 outing.  Farnell, Davis and Lowther all had two hits apiece.

The visitors again got on the scoreboard first in the nightcap on Marcus Ragan's two-out RBI single off BRCC starting pitcher Dillen Miller in the third inning.  Ragan, a Warren Central High School product, later added a bunt single and a run scored in the fifth.

In the fourth, EMCC starting pitcher Bubba Stockstill ran into control problems with four walks and a balk that contributed to five Baton Rouge runs on just two hits.

The Lions cut into the 5-1 deficit on Davis' two-run single in the fifth.  The two teams then traded solo tallies in their next respective at-bats to account for the 6-4 outcome.    

Coach Chris Rose's 12-10 EMCC Lions, 2-6 within the conference, return to MACJC action by playing host to the Holmes Bulldogs in a scheduled Wednesday doubleheader on the Scooba campus.  First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Gerald Poole Field.