It took eight tries and a few close calls, but Southeast Arkansas College finally picked up its first-ever baseball victory Thursday.
And another Friday.
SEARK closed a home doubleheader against Southern Arkansas University Tech with a 6-2 win Thursday. The teams met for a Friday doubleheader in Camden (rescheduled from today), and the Sharks came out victorious again, 7-2. Friday's second game was winding down at the copy deadline.
The first win came after the Sharks (2-7) sustained back-to-back 1-run defeats, including a 7-6 decision to open up the doubleheader.
SEARK scored a run in the first inning, 2 in the second and 3 in the third. Howard Bachus Jr. drove in 3 runs and hit a double, and Cameron Gonzalez and Yahir Ortiz each knocked 2 hits.
Jode Janise struck out 3 in a perfect 2 innings. Yed Batista allowed 2 earned runs on 7 hits in the other 5 innings.
SEARK totaled 8 hits to SAU Tech's 7, but the Rockets committed 2 errors as well. McDaniel proved a bright spot for SAU Tech, going 3 for 5 with a run batted in.
In Friday's opener, SEARK tied the game at 1-all in the fourth and broke it open with a 6-run fifth. SAU Tech outhit SEARK 9-4, and none of the Sharks had multiple hits, but Jordy Perez batted in 2 runs and Gonzalez scored 2 of his own.
Dominik Tizzano threw 5 2/3 innings of 6-hit ball with no earned runs allowed. He struck out 2.
Jackson Cobb and Shae Thibodeaux each lined 2 hits for the Rockets.
SEARK is scheduled to visit South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado for a single game at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
SEARK starts Alabama tournament with win
In Dothan, Ala., Friday, SEARK ended a 4-game slump by beating Alabama's Lurleen B. Wallace Community College 9-4 in its first game of the SEARK/Chipola Invitational at James Oates Park.
The Sharks (3-4), who were hoping to even their record against Central Alabama Community College earlier in the day, enjoyed their largest offensive output of the young season.
The Sharks plated 5 runs in the second inning, all with 1 out, to lead 5-1. Two more of their runs scored in the third and 1 each in the fourth and seventh.
Despite totaling 13 hits to SEARK's 12, Wallace touched home once each in the first, second, fifth and sixth.
Reagan Sword, Averie Ashford and Laykin Hartsfield each had 2 hits for SEARK. Sword and Ashford each scored 2 runs.
Jannie Murray went 3 for 4, and four others each totaled 2 hits for Wallace.
SEARK will take on Mississippi's Pearl River CC at 9 a.m. today, then on Sunday meet Florida's Hillsborough College at 9 a.m. and Alabama's Southern Union State CC at 11 a.m.