Sophomore Keelin Rasch of Harrisburg belted a two-run, second-inning homer and sophomore pitcher Eben Brooks of Murphysboro made the lead stand up as the John A. Logan College baseball team split a doubleheader Wednesday at Dyersburg, Tenn.
The Vols won the opener, 2-1, and then dropped the non-conference finale, 7-2.
Brooks worked five of the seven innings, allowing only two hits. He struck out three and walked three. Austin Denault pitched a scoreless sixth and Jay Williams a scoreless seventh for the save.
No Logan player had multiple hits. There were only five in all in Game 1. Zac Mishler contributed a double. J.C. Davis, Derek Repking and DeJohn Suber collected singles.
In Game 2, the host Dyersburg squad jumped out to a 6-1 lead after three innings and the Vols never recovered, falling 7-2.
Freshman Tyler McGowan, another Harrisburg product, was pitcher of record for Logan. He went three innings, surrendering six runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits. He also struck out one and walked two. Freshman transfer Clint Crawley tossed the remaining three frames, giving up one run on four hits. He struck out one and walked two.
Logan accounted for seven hits on the offensive end, all singles. Joba Ferrell and Anthony Bayus notched two apiece. Mark Self, John Tolliver and Rasch had the others.
Defensively, the Vols struggled mightily as they racked up five errors. Both Suber, from his shortstop position, and McGowan committed two errors each. Ferrell, who plays outfield, made the other.
"We didn't put much pressure on Dyersburg today and we left some runners on the bases. In fact, we're probably pretty lucky to get a split," said Logan head coach Jerry Halstead. "Defensively, we threw the ball around. Our pitching has to be better, but Eben was ok. He pitched out of trouble a lot. It was good to see Keelin hit the home run. He hammered it, a no-doubter. That may get him going."
Halstead added that Bayus will receive an MRI later this week for his ailing shoulder. Davis also had to leave early in Game 2 when he took a knee to the head while running the bases.
The Vols have now won seven of their last eight and stand 19-14 overall. They will host Olney in a Great Rivers Athletic Conference match at 3 p.m. Friday and then travel to Olney for two games Saturday beginning at noon.