Gulf Coast too much for Co-Lin Wolfpack

Published 5:00 am Thursday, April 20, 2006

WESSON — Oklahoma State signee Martin Beno powered the GulfCoast Community College Bulldogs to a 14-4 win over the Co-LinWolves in the first game of a South Division baseball doubleheaderWednesday at Sullivan Field.

In the second game, the Wolves were hampered by six errors asthe Bulldogs escaped with a 12-9 win and the sweep.

Co-Lin fell to 22-19 overall and 3-9 in the South. Gulf Coastimproved to 9-2 in South play and 31-13 overall.

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The Wolves, coached by Keith Case, travel to Southwest Saturdayfor the more South Division action in the final two games of theCardiovascular Institute of Mississippi Heart Challenge BaseballClassic. The first game begins at 1 p.m. Southwest swept the firsttwinbill.

“You have to pitch well and play defense to win,” said Case.”We’re not doing them. We didn’t play well.”

In the doubleheader, Gulf Coast collected a total of 34 hitscompared to Co-Lin’s 16.

Gulf Coast 14, Co-Lin 4

Beno (8-2) allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 3 and struck outnone. Case said Beno is the best pitcher in the state.

The Bulldogs outhit the Wolves 20-5 at the plate. Co-Lincommitted two errors and Gulf Coast committed none.

Absorbing the loss was Brandon Chretien (4-3) who took over inthe second inning and lasted until the third. Starting was DerekThompson. Following Chretien was Brett Hartfield in the fifth, WillBuckels in the sixth and Kyle Fairley who finished.

Garrett Jones drilled a home run for the Wolves. Ryan Williamsdoubled. Collecting 2 singles was Matthew Schexnayder. Josh Loganhit safely.

Gulf Coast centerfielder Brian McCants led the Bulldogs with ahome run and 3 singles. Joey Butler homered, tripled and singled.Following with a home run and 2 singles was Leon Farmer.

Gulf Coast 12, Co-Lin 9

Co-Lin broke a 1-all first inning tie with a run in the secondfor a 2-1 lead and added 5 mores runs in the third for a 7-3 lead.Gulf Coast put together a 9-1 run in the fourth and fifth inningsfor a 12-8 lead going into the sixth.

Reliever Pat Farrell (3-1) was the winning hurler with 4 runsallowed on 5 hits, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Starting was TylerGont. Matt Hill worked the third inning followed by Farrell in thefourth who went the rest of the way.

Losing hurler Ryan Hoben (2-3)worked the first five innings with12 runs allowed on 13 hits, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Matthew Tubbsworked the sixth inning followed by James Landry in theseventh.

At the plate, the Wolves were sparked by Xavier Qualls andSchexnayder with a double and 2 singles apiece.

Joel Hurt singled three times followed by Jones with a pair ofsingles.

T.J. Hitt directed the Bulldogs with a triple and 2 singles.