Edward Waters Tigers Crush Morris In Road Doubleheader

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Sumter, South Carolina – The homestanding Hornets of Morris College (1-3) came into Wednesday’s action against Edward Waters (16-12) with some momentum after they snapped their nation leading, 45-game losing streak last Thursday when they beat Voorhees, 9-2 in Game One of a doubleheader. But, A motivated group of Tigers quelled that momentum quickly, and easily disposed of their former Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and long time rivals, 14-0 and 22-4 in five innings in an Association of Independent Institutions (A. I. I.) baseball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Riley Park. The doubleheader sweep now puts Head Coach Reginald Johnson, II just 10 wins away from 200 career wins. The Tiger skipper is now 190-143-1 in seven seasons at Edward Waters.

Game One: Edward Waters 14, Morris 0 (5 Innings):

EWC got things going in the top of the second inning when Noah Leake hit a 2-RBI triple that scored Wyatt Reid and Joshua Jordan. Two batters later, Kelin Washington delivered an RBI single that brought home Leake to extend the Tiger lead. Two passed balls in succession from Morris scored EWC’s fourth and fifth runs of the game in the form of Cayden Frankie and Washington.

After mowing through the Hornets in the bottom of the second, Edward Waters scored five more runs in the top of the third inning. Carlos Cabrera started the scoring party with an RBI single that scored Reid. Leake picked up his second consecutive base hit with an RBI single that brought home Jordan, who was brought in as a courtesy runner for Cabrera. Runs #8 and #9 were courtesy of Bryan Rodriguez‘s 2-RBI single that scored Leake and Frankie and Jordan Pontious‘ sacrifice fly scored Washington to give EWC a commanding 10-0 lead.

The top of the fourth saw three more runs cross the plate for the visitors. Jordan scored his third run of the game after two Hornet errors on the same play brought him home to start things off for EWC. The very next batter, Tyler Rich hit a sacrifice fly scored Leake and a few batters later, Frankie came home on another passed ball from the Hornets and the Tigers carried a 13-0 lead at the end of the half inning.

The scorefest for Edward Waters in the top of the fifth only saw one run come home as Cabrera’s RBI single scored Reid and gave Edward Waters 14-0 advantage.

The Tigers locked down the Hornets in the bottom of the fifth and the game was called via the 10-run Mercy Rule and gave Edward Waters their 15th victory on the season. As a team, Edward Waters notched 11 hits during the opening game.

Carlos Cabrera‘s 3-for-3 performance with two singles, one double, and two RBIs led Edward Waters in hitting in Game One. Noah Leake went 3-for-4 in the game with two singles, a triple, three runs scored, and three RBIs for the Tigers.

Zachary Kazak (2-3) earned the victory for the Tigers. He faced 14 batters, allowed just 1 hit, no earned runs, walked two, and struck out one batter. Manuel Guerra closed things out in the bottom of the fifth for Edward Waters, facing just four batters and allowing one hit.

Game Two: Edward Waters 22, Morris 4 (5 Innings):

The Purple & Orange offensive onslaught continued in Game Two as Edward Waters cruised to an 18 run victory, racking up 13 hits in the game as well.

Nine Tigers crossed home plate in the top of the first inning. Jordan Pontious started with an RBI single that scored Kelin Washington for the first run of the game.Two batters later, Pontious came home courtesy of a wild pitch from the Hornets. On the very next play, Carlos Cabrera hit an RBI single that scored Wyatt ReidTyler Rich‘s sacrifice fly brought home the Tigers fourth run of the inning in the form of Noah Leake. Two batters later, Will Boggs hit into a fielder’s choice which allowed Leake to score. Kelin Washington‘s second at-bat of the inning added to the score as his RBI double brought Bryan Rodriguez home to make the score 6-0. Pontious kept things going with 2-RBI double that brought home Will Boggs and Kelin WashingtonWyatt Reid closed the inning out with an RBI single that scored Washington to give the Tigers a 9-0 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, Morris responded with three runs of their own to make the score 9-3.

The Tigers responded in the top of the second inning with three runs of their own. Another wild pitch from Morris allowed Cabrera to cross the plate to give EWC a 10-3 lead. Christian Montesino’s RBI fielder’s choice scored Noah Leake, making the score 11-3 and Tyler Rich scored on another wild pitch to give the Tigers a 12-3 lead.

The top of the third saw five more EWC runs come home in the forms of Wyatt ReidCarlos CabreraNoah LeakeTyler Rich, and Bryan Rodriguez making the score 17-3. Morris was able to pull one run back in the bottom of the third to make it a 17-4 ball game at the end of the inning.

Edward Waters was not done as Reid, Cabrera, Leake, and Rich all scored in the top half of the fourth to make the score 21-4 and the damage was finally done in the top of the fifth with Noah Leake‘s RBI triple that scored Carlos Cabrera for a lopsided 22-4 Tiger victory in five innings.

Senior Marcos Mella (1-0) picked up the victory in his first appearance on the season. He faced 13 batters, allowed 3 earned runs, two hits, 3 walks, and struck out four Hornets in just two innings of work. Hunter Morris came in for two innings as well, allowing one earned run on three hits, and three strikeouts. Darius Blasingane closed out the day for the Tigers in the fifth striking out two of the three batters he faced.

The Tigers will return to “The Palmetto State” on Tuesday, March 27th as they travel to Hardeeville, South Carolina to face the Sand Sharks of USC Beaufort in a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch from the Richard Gray Sports Complex is set for 1:00pm.

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