Carey sweeps SSAC road series from Martin Methodist

Carey sweeps SSAC road series from Martin Methodist
The William Carey University women's tennis team ranked sixth in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Top 25 poll released earlier this week.  (Photo source: WDAM archive)

PULASKI, Tenn. - By Chris Johnson
William Carey University Sports Information Director

PULASKI, Tenn. _ No. 11 William Carey University took a double baseball dip with 11-9 and 7-0 victories Friday before finishing off the Southern States Athletic Conference sweep of Martin Methodist College with an 8-2 victory Saturday.

Carey (22-9, 7-2 SSAC) got off to a slow start Friday, falling behind 2-0 in the opening game, but then scored six runs on six hits in the third inning to grab a 6-2 lead.

David Pimentel extended the advantage with a sixth-inning grand slam before Spencer Cayten's RBI single an inning later gave the Crusaders a large enough cushion to survive in seven innings.

In Friday's nightcap, Carey starter Hunter Speer allowed just four hits on 91 pitches over nine innings in the complete-game shutout. He struck out three and walked three.

Carey broke open a scoreless game, taking a 5-0 lead in the third inning. Lucas Scott had an RBI-double in the rally, while Christian Smith, Jake Smith and Marcus Buckley each hit run-scoring singles.

Saturday, Cole Edgens picked up where Speer left off, allowing one run on five hits in eight innings. Edgens struck out seven.

Buckley put Carey up 1-0 in the first inning and then made it 3-0 when Caleb Ledet and Jake Smith drove in runs in the sixth inning. Wes Brown's RBI-triple in the seventh inning gave the Crusaders a 4-0 lead in the seventh and Carey scored four runs on four hits in the ninth.

The Crusaders will host the University of West Alabama at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Milton Wheeler Field.

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