UWF baseball wins two straight, set to begin conference play

By Will Rasmussen
Staff writer

After going 0-3 in the Argo invitational last weekend, the University of West Florida baseball team (4-6) claimed back-to-back wins over Spring Hill (2-8) throttling the Badgers 11-2 Thursday night.

“Quality work tonight by our team,” head baseball coach Mike Jeffcoat said. “That’s something we’ve been working for and finally got that in the tenth game of the year.”

(Photo by Morgan Givens)


Dylan Mills Derouen got the nod for the Argos. The junior transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College went three innings, striking out three and walking one. He did not surrender a run on the evening.

Josh Pahlad (1-0) took the mound in the fourth inning and pitched a perfect two innings to pick up his first win of the year. The freshman faced seven in the middle frames and used just 11 pitches to put away the Badgers. Five Argo relievers appeared after Pahlad, combining for four strikeouts, three walks, two hits and two earned runs over the game’s final four innings.

“We got a lot of pitchers in there. We kind of planned it out where Mills was only going to go three and then start going to the bullpen and getting guys work for an inning apiece,” Jeffcoat said. “Josh Pahlad got his first taste of college baseball. He did fine work there two innings.”

Robert Lopez provided a spark on offense for the Argos. The sophomore went 2-2 with two doubles and two runs scored. Senior first baseman Nick Kerkmann added a pair of singles and two RBIs of his own.

UWF scored three in the second on RBIs from Lopez and Brandon Harmon. The Argos added three more in the fourth in an inning highlighted by multiple walks from Badger pitching and two RBIs from Kerkmann. The Argos sealed the win plating five runs in the eighth. Mason Dinesen and Matt Sullivan each picked up extra-base hits in the frame.

(Photo by Morgan Givens)

The Argonauts will begin GSC play at North Alabama (6-4) Sunday and Monday. The Argos and Lions will meet in a doubleheader beginning Sunday at 3 p.m. and conclude play with a single game Monday at 2 p.m.

“What we’re looking for is for them to go out and compete and represent,” Jeffcoat said about the conference opener. “I think we’ve gotten back to that at this point. It doesn’t guarantee a win, but we can certainly hold our head up high if we go out and compete like we did tonight.”

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