SCOOBA, Miss. – The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves moved to 2-0 in MACJC play and to 9-4 overall after sweeping East Mississippi 11-5, 3-2 over the weekend. The Wolves face the No. 5 Pearl River Wildcats on Tuesday, March 19 in Wesson at 3 and 6 p.m. Fans can listen to the action live at WMJU 104.3 FM in Brookhaven or watch live at colinathletics.com.
After a late-game push from the Lions of East Mississippi, game one of the doubleheader went into extra innings. The Wolves pushed seven across in the top of the 15th to secure the first league victory of the year, 11-5.
The Wolves took a 3-0 lead in the top of the seventh after an RBI single from Clint Stephens. Houston Mims scored on an error while Ryan Zimmerman drew a walk to score Thomas Slagle. East Miss cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh after an error.
The Wolves looked to secure the win in the bottom of the ninth, but an inside the park home run from East Mississippi's Tyler Miller knotted the game at 3-all.
A pitching duel ensued until Co-Lin broke the game wide open in the top of the 15th. Konner Allen drove in Justin Johnson after Brooks Italiano scored on an error. Mims followed with a double to plate Allen. Joshua Day kept the big inning up with an RBI single followed by another from Zimmerman. The Lions scratched in one in the bottom of the frame, but the Wolves held on 11-5.
Cameron Hill earned the win for the Wolves. He allowed four hits and one run over six innings, striking out four. Zach Smith and Adie Goodman entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Conner Ingram started the game for Co-Lin on the hill. He surrendered zero runs on two hits over six innings, striking out six.
Day and Slagle led the Wolves at the plate with two hits each while Mims and Zimmerman led the team with two RBIs each.
Co-Lin got things done much quicker in the nightcap as the Wolves scored two late runs in the top of the seventh to win 3-2.
Zimmerman put the Wolves on the board early with a ground out that scored Stephens who led off the game with a single.
The Lions evened the game in the bottom of the third with an RBI double and another run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 2-1 lead off an RBI single.
Italiano drove in the tying and go-ahead run in the top of the seventh with a single that plated Zimmerman and Kyle Fielder who both also singled. Co-Lin was able to shut down the Lions in the bottom of the frame to earn the victory.
Austin Tidwell was the winning on the mound for Co-Lin. He allowed five hits and two runs over six innings, striking out ten. Konner Allen threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen to earn the save.
Zimmerman and Fielder led the Wolves at the plate with two hits each, while Italiano's two RBIs led the team.