Miles Stuns No. 6 Delta State

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An outstanding pitching performance from Matthew White, alert baserunning and a defensive gem by Destin Davidson were all part of the recipe that cooked up a big 3-2 for Miles over No. 6 Delta State Wednesday afternoon at historic Rickwood Field.

White threw 119 pitches over 8 1/3 innings, changing speeds and adeptly locating his pitches to keep the Statesmen (19-5) at bay in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. He scattered seven hits and struck out five before giving way to Will Cantey, who got the final two outs for his second save. The Golden Bears (11-11)  had just four hits against four DSU pitchers but the offense did just enough at the right times to ensure that Miles never trailed.

With one out in the second, Brandon Conner and Cody Hamilton strung together two singles. Then, Delta State pitcher Seth Hougesen uncorked a wild pitch, which sent Conner and Hamilton off to the races. When the dust cleared at home plate, Conner had scored from second for the first run. Ryne Benson would follow with a sacrifice fly that scored Hamilton – who had gone from first to third on the wild pitch – for a 2-0 lead.

The Statesmen would tie the game in the top of the third but White limited the damage after DSU put runners on second and third with one out. Miles would give its pitcher the lead again in the fourth against Delta State reliever Payton Griffin (0-1). The Golden Bears would sandwich a single by Conner with walks to Davidson and Hamilton. Benson would then hit a popup to shallow left field that shortstop Darek Sargent corralled running toward the outfield. Davidson alertly raced for home to score the go-ahead run.

Delta State would put runners on base in four of the five innings but the Golden Bears continued to work out of trouble. The only inning the Statesmen did not have any baserunners in that stretch was the seventh. The final out of that inning came when Weber Herbison hit a grounder ticketed towards left field before Davidson dived to his right, got to his feet and fired a strike to first base for the final out of the frame.

Davidson was busy all afternoon, responsible for 14 of the 27 outs. Two of those outs came in the ninth inning but could not save the final inning from some intrigue. White was two outs from the complete game victory and had got Jake Barlow to sky a foul ball over toward first base. But Jacob Bisharat overran the ball and it fell out of his glove. Barlow hit the next pitch for a double, putting the tying run in scoring position and ending White’s performance. But Cantey put out the fire, with the final out coming on a fly ball to right fielder Dalton Roberts that secured the team’s fourth straight win.

Miles begins an important four-game series at Spring Hill with a double header on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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