LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Jarrard Poteete pounded out seven base hits in leading Connors State to a doubleheader sweep of Arkansas Baptist, 4-1, 3-0 in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play Thursday.
The twin bill sweep gives the 9th-ranked Cowboys a 42-11 record and 12-6 mark in the OCAC. Arkansas Baptist is now 27-23 and 4-13. Arkansas Baptist and Connors will complete the four-game series Saturday at Biff Thompson Field at 1 p.m. in a twin bill and the final home game of the season.
Connors moved into first place in the OCAC when Eastern Oklahoma swept league leading Northeastern A&M 10-7 and 6-3. The Norsemen are now 11-7 in conference action.
Landon Bradley (10-0) went the distance on the mound as he scattered four hits, did not walk a batter and had 3 strikeouts in the opener.
Connors scored in the first inning when Yariel Gonzalez singled, and was sent home on Poteete’s first base hit of the twin bill, a run producing double. Arkansas Baptist tied the game in the second to make it 1-1.
But the Cowboys took the lead for good in the fourth when Poteete doubled to open the inning and Tyler Fourkiller singled Poteete home for a 2-1 lead. Cowboys made it 3-1 on Jake Borrego’s run producing base hit that scored Fourkiller.
In the sixth inning Dariel Gonzalez doubled and following another base hit and two walks, the second to Trevor Crone forcing home Gonzalez.
In the nightcap Yamil Rivera (8-2) went 6 2/3 innings to get the win. He gave up just two hits and struck out four. He was relieved by Justin Ferrell with two runners on and one out in the seventh to shut down the Arkansas Baptist threat. Ferrell pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing one hit, striking out one to get his fifth save.
Connors scored in the third inning to jump out front 1-0. Christian Perez singled, moved to second on a walk and Poteete singled driving home Perez. Cowboys added another run in the fourth for a 2-0 advantage Fourkiller singled, followed by a bunt and fielder’s choice, advanced to third base. Fourkiller scored on Borrego’s ground ball out.
Dariel Gonzalez opened the eighth inning with a base hit and following a walk and sacrifice bunt, Gonzalez advanced to third base. He then scored on Chance Sugg’s RBI base hit for a 3-0 advantage.