Thursday, March 27, 2008
Bearcats sweep Fisk with solid pitching
The Rust College baseball Bearcats beat Fisk 15-1 and 13-3 last week to improve their Division III record to 2-2 on the season.
They were led by another stellar pitching performance from junior hurler Marcus Brown (2-1) of Greenwood.
“I wasn’t surprised with the performance of Brown,” said head coach Avery K. Mason. “He pitched a complete game in the win against the Bulldogs of Nashville, giving up no earned runs. I’ve asked the pitching staff to put the game on their shoulders every time they take the mound and they have responded.”
The proof was again evident in the second game of the day, when sophomore Victor McCarter of Artesia started rocky, giving up a first inning solo homer and a couple of runs off errors in the second. However, Rust scored nine runs in the bottom of the second to give McCarter the confidence needed to close the door. He struck out eight after the rough start.
Mason said it’s nice to be .500 in Division III heading into the heart of the schedule with pitchers healthy and gaining confidence every game.
“We are getting quality pitching but our team defense has struggled to help secure victories late in games,” he said. “We must make the basic plays 85 to 90 percent of the time instead of 40 to 50 percent of the chances we have to make plays in order to become a sound ball club.”
However, in the last three games, all in Division III, Mason said the Bearcats have displayed a better approach defensively, making more than 70 percent of the plays to back the pitchers.
“The best defense was offense against Fisk, which allowed our pitchers to rest,” he said.
The Bearcats hammered Fisk for 27 hits in the doubleheader to score 28 runs on the day and improve to 3-7-1 on the season.
Interview with Coach Mason
• What is your favorite moment of coaching baseball at Rust?
• What is your favorite part of the game?
• Who is your favorite player in professional baseball?
• What are your goals for the rest of the 2008 season?
Rust’s next game was set for Wednesday, March 26, versus Birmingham-Southern, which is 10-12 on the season.
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