The Louisburg College baseball team claimed the four-game series against Owens Community College, improving their record to 22-0.
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Tim Brechbuehler(4-0) pitched 5.0 innings and struck out seven hitters and Tucker Coward went 2-for-3 with two RBI, giving the Louisburg Hurricanes an 8-5victory over Owens Community College Friday afternoon at Frazier Field. The 'Canes improve their record to 19-0 with the win.
Jake Watson led off the bottom of the first inning with a single setting the stage for a Zach Houchins RBI double. The Hurricanes would only have the lead until the top of the third inning when Owens would connect for three hits tying the scoring at one a piece.
Louisburg would respond in the home half of the third. Steve Nyisztor singled to right, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error to 2nd base. Zach Houchins' RBI SAC Fly to right field would bring Nyisztor to the plate to give the 'Canes the go ahead run making the score 2-1.
Brechbuehler would set down the next three Owen's batters opening up another at-bat opportunity for the Hurricanes in the bottom of the fourth.
Tucker Coward opened up the fourth with a base on balls and was moved to second on a ground out by Augie Ayers. After a walk to Brandon Rawe, TJ Ehrsam delivered two-out RBI single that would plate Coward and advance Rawe to third, extending the 'Canes lead to 3-1. Rawewould later scored on a double steal giving Louisburg two runs off of just one hit in the inning.
Owens would threaten in the sixth and eight innings scoring four more runs but would never be able to take the lead as the 'Canes would answer with four more runs of their own winning the game 8-5.
The loss was the first of the year for Owens while Louisburg extended their winning streak to 19.
Houchins went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI and Nyisztor went 2-for-3 with three stolen bases.
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Louisburg College baseball hit the 20-win mark Saturday evening after defeating Owens Community College at Frazier Field. The 'Canes have surpassed last season's record at this point in the season with six more wins than last year bringing their overall record to 20-0.
Having been recognized as the #3 team in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association for the week of February 29th, the Hurricanes currently have the best win-loss percentage of any team in the country.
Cody Cox earned his third win of the season allowing three runs in seven innings of work while striking out five and only walking three batters.
In two quick innings of work, Cox would only allow two hits before heading into the top of the third inning. As a team, Owens plated three runs off three hits before Cox was able to sit down the final batter to end the top of the third inning.
Four different Louisburg batters would hit singles to open up the bottom of the third allowing Jake Watson and Steve Nyisztor to cross home bringing the Canes to within one.
Opening up the bottom of the fourth inning, lead-off hitter SnooterMerryman was able to advance to second on a pitching error before a single from Josh Bowers would bring hitters to the corners. Jake Watson RBI single plated Merryman and a wild pitch would bring Bowers home and advance Watson to third. Zach Houchins RBI to right field brought the third and final run of the inning in as Watson scored.
The 'Canes would score eight more times in the next four innings off of RBI doubles from Houchins, Chris King, and Tucker Coward. Houchins also hit a two-run homer, his fourth of the year, in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Leading the way for the Hurricanes was Houchins, who went 3-for-4 with five RBI, a double and a home run.
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In the first game, Louisburg's Tony Urban (4-0) earned the win with eight strikeouts, one walk and three earned runs on four hits in 5.1 innings pitched.
Owen's CC Andrew Joseph (0-1) took the loss after striking out one, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hit in 4.1 innings pitched.
The Express took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and were only down 4-2 late in the game, but an eight run fifth inning for the Canes would prove why they are currently ranked #14 in the country for batting average and be too much for Owens to overcome.
Steve Nyisztor led off with bottom of the fifth inning with a HBP setting up Zach Houchins's single advancing Nyisztor to second. After an error on Owen's left fielder, Nyisztor was able to score bringing Houchins to second. Owens would walk Tucker Coward and a groundout by Chris King would move both runners to second and third respectively. After a pitching change by Owens, Augie Ayers would load the bases on a HBP. RBI singles from Brandon Rawe and Marcus Wojkowicz plated Houchins and Coward. TJ Ehrsam's RBI walk would push home the fourth run of the inning scoring Ayers. Louisburg would return to the top of the order as Jake Watson's two-run RBI single brought home Wojkowicz and Rawe. Zach Houchins would bring home the seventh and eighth runs of the inning with a stand up double to left field. Louisburg scored eight runs off of five hits.
The Express attempted to rally back. In the sixth, Joe Sickler singled to lead off the inning, advanced to second on an error, advanced to third on a ground ball, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 12-3.
Then, in the seventh, Owens scored three. Daniel Heatherly, pinch hitting for Nick Collins, singled to lead off. Then, James Moore Jr. pinch hit for Trevor Ozenbaugh and also singled. After a strike out, Moore stole second and Heatherly scored on a throwing error by the catcher attempting to throw out Moore.
After another strikeout, Alex Juday walked to put two runners on. Then, following a wild pitch that advanced the runners to second and third, Logan Shullick lined a two-run single. Michael Louis followed with a single, but Myles Debol popped out to second base to end the rally and the game
Zack Houchins led Louisburg at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance that included two runs, two RBIs and a double. As a team, Louisburg finished 12-for-29 at the plate with 11 RBIs, one double, one home run and three walks.
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A five run second inning and a three run fourth inning keyed Louisburg's 10-2 defeat of the Express in the second game, while Cody Johnson shut down the Express offense after the first inning.
Johnson, who entered the game with a 0.57 ERA, replaced Demetrus Ingram in the first inning after Ingram had faced just four batters. Johnson would toss4.1 innings and allowed four hits, one run and one walk while striking out five. Ingram's final line included one run, three walks and one strikeout.
Owens, just like the first game of the doubleheader, scored in the top of the first. After two out walks by Heatherly and Ryan Hotmer, Moore singled to center to score Heatherly and put Owens up 1-0.
The Hurricanes would then score 10 runs over the next five innings to take a 10-1 lead.
Chris King, who currently is nationally ranked #6th in RBIs and #16 in home runs, led Louisburg at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance that included one run, three RBI, a double and a home run.