BRCC started the day with a 7-inning game verse Jones County Junior College. The Bobcats finished last year as runner up for the NJCAA Division II World Series. Baton Rouge jumped on JCJC early by scoring five runs off of six hits in the first inning en route to a 9-2 victory.
The Bears bats struck again in the third inning. Steven Bright started the scoring with a sacrifice fly that scored a run and moved two more base runners in scoring position. Devin Bailey took advantage of the advancing runners with a single to right that scored two. Before the inning was over, Layton Laird added another run with an RBI single.
Starting pitcher, John Schaffer, gets the win. Schaffer allowed two runs (one earned) while pitching a complete game. The Bobcats only mustered four hits off the sophomore, right-hander from Covington.
The sun went down, the temperature dropped, and BRCC's bats went cold in game two. Up against Southwest Mississippi Community College, who lost earlier in the day to Jones County, the Bears struggled to mount much offense. After thirteen hits in game one, BRCC mustered five hits and two runs through five innings Thursday night. The lack of offense put BRCC in a 5-2 hole.
Things changed in the 6th inning. Blake Manola and Devin Bailey drew walks. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, later scoring on an infield error. Layton Laird followed suit by drawing another walk. He moved to second after a wild pitch and eventually scored the tying run after Southwest committed another error in the field.
The games was tied 5-5 heading to the seventh, and final inning.
Fortunately for the Baton Rouge faithful in the stands, BRCC ended the game in the bottom half of the inning. Nicholas Ber starting things off by earning a free pass. Zachary Zimmer moved Ber over with a sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk and Mouton entering the game to run for Ber, Nicholas Morgan ended the game with a walk off single to left.
The 6-5 victory improves Baton Rouge's record to 9-9-1. Bears will hit the road this weekend for two games in Mississippi. BRCC will face Faulkner State and Jones County on Saturday.