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College baseball: Owls stop 10-game skid, pick up first AMC victory

College baseball: Owls stop 10-game skid, pick up first AMC victory

March 12th, 2019 by Ryan Boland in College Sports

KANSAS CITY — The William Woods University Owls baseball team halted a 10-game losing streak with a 9-5 win over the Park University Pirates in the second game of Monday's AMC doubleheader.

William Woods gained a split and also picked up its first American Midwest Conference victory of the season after dropping the opener 7-3. The Owls are now 6-16-1 overall and 1-10 in the AMC.

Senior first baseman Quincy Jones was 2-for-4 with a three-run, inside-the-park home run in the top of the fifth inning as William Woods collected nine hits in the second game. Senior designated hitter Marquise Doherty finished 2-for-5 with two runs batted in and a run scored.

Freshman right fielder Isaiah Gibbs went 1-for-3 with a double and scored twice for the Owls, while senior center fielder Tyler Bracht was also 1-for-3 and scored two runs. Junior left fielder Trevor Garriott finished 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Senior starter Hayden Davey — the first of five William Woods pitchers — went five innings to log the win. Davey (2-1) gave up an earned run while scattering four hits, struck out five and issued two walks.

The Owls owned a 3-1 lead in the opener when Park erupted for five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good. The Pirates (7-6, 2-6) added their final run in the fifth.

Garriott went 1-for-3 with an RBI as William Woods recorded eight hits, all singles. Bracht — playing second base — was 1-for-4 with an RBI, while junior designated hitter Russell Strilchuk finished 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored.

Doherty — playing right field — went 1-for-4 and scored a run.

Junior starter Travis Hennessey worked only three innings in taking the loss for the Owls. Hennessey (1-3) surrendered three runs — two earned — on two hits and had five strikeouts and two walks.

William Woods will play its home opener Saturday with an AMC doubleheader against Lindenwood University-Belleville (Illinois) at 1 p.m. at Backer Sports Complex. The two teams will wrap up their series with a single game at noon Sunday.