WESSON, Miss. – The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves had the bats rolling on Saturday as the club racked up 27 runs on 23 hits. The hot-hitting resulted in a pair of wins over Mississippi Delta, 15-8, 12-5. The wins moved the Wolves to 21-16 overall and to 12-12 in MACJC play keeping Co-Lin in contention for the playoffs. The Wolves are on the road tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30 as Co-Lin faces Hinds Community College. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 3 p.m.
The opener was very busy for both clubs as Co-Lin and Delta combined for 23 runs on 27 hits. Co-Lin took the game 15-8.
The Wolves had big innings in the first, third, fourth, seventh, and eighth as Co-Lin pushed across multiple runs in each frame.
Delta knotted the game at 4-4 in the top of the fourth, but sacrifice fly from Konner Allen and a three-homer from Frierson put the Wolves back on top, 8-4, going into the fifth.
The Trojans fought back and plated three runs in the top of the fifth off a single, double, and sac fly, but Thomas Slagle scratched one across in the bottom of the frame to maintain the lead, 9-7.
The scoring onslaught continued in the top of the sixth as Delta scored yet again, but per usual, Co-Lin responded, this time with an RBI single from Frierson making it 10-8.
Frierson led the Wolves with three hits and four RBIs, while Day, Johnson, and Mark Hubbard all posted two hits each.
Zach Smith earned the win on the mound for the Wolves. He allowed four hits and one run over two innings, walking zero. Jay Smith threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen. Smith recorded the last nine outs to earn the save for Co-Lin. Cameron Hill got the start and struck out four.
The Wolves continued to pour in the runs in the second game as Co-Lin scored eight runs over the first three innings. The opening innings made it 10 straight frames that the Wolves crossed the plate going it back to game one.
Delta scored one in the top of the first to take an early lead, but Brooks Italiano pushed in one with an RBI single, while Slagle had an RBI-groundout to give Co-Lin a 2-1 advantage.
Day got two more for the Wolves in the second, before an error and an RBI double from Houston Mims catapulted Co-Lin to an 8-1 lead in the third.
The Trojans chipped back into the game to 8-4. Day drove in another run the bottom of the sixth before Johnson capped off the scoring with a towering three-run homer making it 12-4. Delta got one back, but the game finished 12-5.
Italiano, Frierson, and Ryan Zimmerman led the way with two hits each, while Johnson and Mims' three RBIs led the Wolves.
Austin Tidwell got the start on the bump for Co-Lin and earned the win as he allowed eight hits and five runs over seven innings, striking out eight and walking zero.