FULTON – Itawamba Community College baseball opened its 2016 season with a bang, defeating Motlow State Community College (TN) 19-9 in game one of the season opening doubleheader and 13-0 in game two, completing the sweep.
Big inning gives Indians come from behind game one win
The Indians (2-0) fell behind early and trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the second.
They would then send 13 to the plate resulting in nine runs highlighted by a two-run scoring single by Delvin Zinn (Pontotoc) and a single by Timothy Rowe (Hernando) that plated Zinn.
The base knock by Rowe, who went 3-5 with two doubles and two RBI, gave the Indians their first lead of the contest, 5-4. Zinn finished the game 2-3 with three RBI and two walks.
Once the Indians had the lead, they extended it quickly, as Tyreque Reed (Houlka), Hagen Box (French Camp) and Kaleb Barnes (Pontotoc) drove in one run each. Freshman center fielder Russ Payne (Fulton), who went 2-3 with four RBI, capped off the nine run inning with a two run scoring double to left.
The six run lead was enough for sophomore pitcher Nick Burns (Mantachie), who picked up the win, but the Indians added another seven in the third. Back-to-back doubles by Ty Wheeler (Tupelo) and Rowe got the scoring started and set the tone for the second consecutive big inning.
Motlow State plated two runs in both the fourth and fifth frames to keep from being run-ruled, but the Indians were able to put the game away in the bottom of the sixth. After Wheeler scored on a fielder’s choice, Reed crossed the plate after the ball got away from the first baseman in a pick off attempt to give the Indians the 19-9 win in six innings.
Indians dominate game two
In game two, the Indians scored early and often, plating two runs in the opening frame and five in the second.
Rowe drove in the game’s first run with a base hit on a hit-and-run and the Indians plated their second run of the inning when Drake Rowton (Marion, Arkansas) crossed the plate during a double play.
Rowe struck again in the second inning as he ripped a two run scoring double and later scored on a wild pitch to account for three of the innings’ five runs. Zinn, who finished 3-4, started the scoring with a bases loaded RBI single to left.
While the Indians’ offense was firing on all cylinders, Blake Bennett (Memphis, Tennessee) was just as hot on the mound. The redshirt freshman right-hander threw four shut out innings, striking out five, walking two and allowing only one hit to pick up his first collegiate win.
After, the Indians poured on six more runs in the third and fourth the run-rule into effect. Barnes took over on the mound wasted little time in ending the game as he sat down Motlow State in order to give ICC the 13-0 win and the sweep.
The Indians return to Cresap Field Tuesday when they host Calhoun Community College for a doubleheader. First pitch of the twin bill is set for 1 p.m in Fulton.