William Carey takes series against Mobile

By FROM WILLIAM CAREY,

HATTIESBURG – William Carey University baseball picked up a key SSAC series win as it split a doubleheader with No. 8 University of Mobile on Saturday afternoon at Milton Wheeler Field.

In Game 1, the Crusaders used some timely hitting late as they defeated the Rams, 10-4.

The Crusaders got things going in the first inning as they raced out to an early 3-0 lead as Jonathan Turner(Sr./McComb) doubled home Pablo Torres (So./San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Sloan Dieter (Sr./Lake Charles, La.) followed with a two-run homer to right center. 

The Rams went unfazed as they scratched across four runs on five hits to take the lead 4-3.  WCU answered and took the lead for good in the fifth, scoring four runs on three hits to open a 7-4 advantage. The Crusaders would put the game away in the sixth scoring three runs on three hits for the final margin.

At the plate, WCU was led by Turner and Dieter who finished with two hits and three RBI apiece.

In Game 2, mistakes cost the Crusaders dearly as they fell to the Rams 16-3 in the series finale.

William Carey is back in action as they travel to Biloxi, Miss to take on Mississippi College.  First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at MGM Park home of the Biloxi Shuckers.

On Friday, Bryson Medious’ (JR./Columbia) walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning was the difference, as William Carey University rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat NO. 18 Mobile, 7-6 in 10 innings Milton Wheeler Field Friday night.

Mobile jumped on Carey early as it raced to a 5-1 lead after the top of the fifth inning. The Crusaders answered in the bottom of the fifth as Sloan Dieter (Sr./Lake Charles, La.) blasted a two-out home run to left to cut the lead to 5-2. 

Trailing the Rams 6-3 in the top of ninth inning, Mobile threatened to extend their lead.  With the bases loaded and one out, Gabriel Rosado (Jr./San Juan, Puerto Rico) came on in relief and induced a 4-6-3 double play to keep the Crusaders within striking distance.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, things got interesting, as an error by the Rams right fielder extended the inning and the Crusaders made them pay. With two on and two outs, Jonathan Turner (Sr./McComb) drew a walk to load the bases for Dieter.  The reigning SSAC Player of the Week continued his hot hitting, as he a doubled off the wall in right field to clear the bases and force extras.

In the bottom of the tenth inning, the Crusaders finished off the Rams as Tyler Reid (Sr./New Orleans) tripled to center and Medious followed with the walk-off single to left.

At the plate, Dieter, who finished the night 4-for-5 with 5 RBI, led the Crusaders. Medious went 3 –for-5 while Patrick Lee (Fr./Pascagoula) and Reid each had two hits apiece.

WCU is back in action Saturday as it wraps up the three-game series against the University of Mobile with a doubleheader.  First pitch is for 1 p.m. at Milton Wheeler Field.

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