The University of West Florida baseball team fought to trounce Gulf South Conference rivals Christian Brothers University in a doubleheader last Saturday.
The No. 15 Argonauts (28-10) defeated the Buccaneers at home 4-3 in the first game and by a shutout 11-0 in the second game.
The first game moved along with no score until outfielder Max St. Hilaire brought in two runs with a triple in the bottom of the second inning. St. Hilaire drove in three of the four runs for the Argos in the first game, and one more with a solo home run in game two.
“I’ve been working hard this whole year,” St. Hilaire said in a news release. “I got a few opportunities today and took advantage of them.”
Christian Brothers scored once in the fourth, eighth and ninth innings of the first game, but could not overcome a lead widened by UWF in the fourth and sixth innings.
A confusing play helped the Buccaneers score a run at the top of the fourth inning. On what looked to be a foul hit, the ball bounced fair and the Buccaneers capitalized. The play puzzled players and fans alike.
“I thought when they fouled it off, I thought it went forward back into fair territory, but I may not have seen that one correctly,” said Tim Jordan, assistant softball coach at Gulf Breeze High School and UWF alumnus.
Jordan also said that he thought both teams did well hitting the ball and that some of the long hits were going to go out of the park.
Drew Bryson, starting pitcher for the Argos, said the game got closer than it should have when things began to slow down. Bryson would leave the game with an injury in the fifth inning.
“We didn’t have the intensity we needed,” Bryson said. “We got the win, but we need to take care of business next game.”
The Argos improved offensively and defensively in the next contest. The Argos lineup scored runs in the first, second, third, fourth and sixth innings to break away with the lead. Five runs were scored in the bottom of the third inning.
Jake Stephens, starting pitcher in the second game, struck out seven batters and holds a team-best ERA of 1.83.
The UWF baseball team will play Shorter in another doubleheader at home on April 20 at 2 p.m.