by Chris Skewes, Staff Writer

Thursday afternoon the men’s baseball team faced the William Carey Crusaders, winning in an 11-2 contest. UWF also hit three home runs and extended their winning streak to six games.

Starting the game off strong, the Argos (12-6, 8-1 GSC) were the first to strike at the bottom of the first inning. After the Crusaders (4-11, 0-3 SSAC) walked left fielder Matt Sullivan to first base, shortstop Matthew Jones would hit the Argos’ first home run of the game to make the score 2-0 with no outs.

Later in the inning, infielder Robert Lopez would hit a double to left field. After two balls and two strikes, catcher Mike Farnell would then hit a single to help advance Lopez to third base.

With one out and baserunners on first and third, infielder Joey Bend would step up to the plate. Bend hit a fly ball to center field allowing Lopez to score, extending the lead to 3-0.

And that’s exactly how the rest of the game played out: run after run scored thanks to heavy hitting by UWF. West Florida had the bats smoking all game long and managed to put up 15 hits and three home runs by Jones, Sullivan and infielder Dylan Menhennett.  

Sullivan was the leading slugger for UWF with two runs, two hits and two RBIs.

Defensively the Argos shut down WCU, only allowing two runs the entire game: one in the sixth and another in the eighth inning.

Despite switching pitchers in the fourth inning, William Carey couldn’t find an answer for West Florida and struggled through the entire game.

“This was a tough one for sure,” WCU catcher Jake Smith said. “We weren’t executing like how we should have been and we weren’t hitting how we should have been. All that we can do now is learn from this and get ready for Brewton on Friday.”

The next game for the Crusaders will be against Brewton-Parker College at 5 p.m. Friday in Mount Vernon, Georgia.

Now on a six-game win streak, UWF looks to extend the trend of quick scores and heavy hitting.

“We’re playing lights out,” Sullivan said. “After Matthew (Jones) hit that homer in the first, it all fell into place. We’re really coming together as a team.”

The Argos will return at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Jim Spooner Field to face the Embry-Riddle Eagles in a non-conference home game.

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