CLARKSVILLE, Ark. — The Howard Payne Yellow Jackets earned their first American Southwest Conference baseball victory of the season Friday, throttling the Ozarks, 16-2, in the first of three weekend games.
Howard Payne (4-4, 1-3), which was coming off three consecutive losses at home to ASC rival Mary Hardin-Baylor this past weekend, recorded five runs each in the second and seventh innings against Ozarks (0-6, 0-4), while surrendering just a pair of runs in the fifth.
The Yellow Jackets’ 15-hit onslaught featured three — including a home run — and three RBIs from Matthew Daniel, three hits and two RBIs from John Elmore and two hits and two RBIs apiece from Will Roberts and Dustin DeJohn. Jake Sadler also contributed a pair of hits and knocked in a run, while Joshua Martinez drove in two and collected one hit.
HPU’s two-run first inning featured RBI singles by both Elmore and Sadler.
During the five-run fifth, Daniel singled in a run, DeJohn recorded a two-RBI base hit, Martinez grounded out for an RBI and Kyle Kulczyk was credited with an RBI on an error.
Daniel then ripped a two-run homer in the third to stretch the lead to 9-0, while Roberts doubled in a run and Colton Brown picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fourth to increase the advantage to 11-0.
The Yellow Jackets tacked on their final five runs in their last at-bat as Elmore and Martinez notched RBI singles, Roberts and C.J. Schumann earned RBIs on sac flies and Lucas Creed drew a bases loaded walk for an RBI.
Jacob Spivey earned the win on the mound, tossing six innings of nine-hit ball with four strikeouts and one walk. Kyle Ramon worked the seventh inning and surrendered one walk.
Game 2 of a scheduled Friday doubleheader was halted due to darkness with HPU trailing 6-3 in the eighth inning. The game will resume at noon today ahead of the series finale.