O'FALLON — The Owls' struggles continued as they were swept by the Hornets in Friday's American Midwest Conference doubleheader at CarShield Field.
William Woods University has now lost nine in a row in falling to 5-15-1 overall and 0-9 in the AMC. Harris-Stowe State University — which also edged the Owls 5-4 on Thursday — improved to 11-11 on the season and 4-2 in the conference.
William Woods was shut out while managing just two hits in Friday's opener. Senior second baseman Tyler Bracht singled in the top of the second inning and senior right fielder Marquise Doherty doubled in the seventh to account for the Owls' sparse offense.
William Woods senior starter Quincy Jones lasted only 2 2/3 innings in being tagged with the loss. Jones (0-3) gave up two earned runs on five hits, struck out two and walked one.
The Owls scored single runs in the first and second to go in front 2-0 in the nightcap, but the Hornets broke out for four runs in the third to take the lead for good. Harris-Stowe added two runs in the seventh to make it 6-2 and William Woods put up its final two runs in the eighth.
Freshman center fielder Isaiah Gibbs was 3-for-5 and scored a run as the Owls logged nine hits. Jones — playing first base — finished 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while senior designated hitter Zach Smith went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Sophomore third baseman Connor Poulson was 1-for-3 with a double and scored a run for William Woods. Doherty finished 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
Senior starter Adam Grunden worked just three innings in taking the loss for the Owls, who committed three errors. Grunden (0-1) allowed four runs — only one earned — on four hits, issued two walks and struck out one.
William Woods will seek to end its skid when it travels to Park University for an AMC doubleheader at noon Tuesday.