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Co-Lin falls to Faulkner State; no-hits EMCC

WESSON – Gone with the wind.

The Faulkner State (Ala.) Community College Sun Chiefs got twowind-aided home runs Tuesday and held on for a 7-5 victory againstthe Co-Lin Wolfpack in Sullivan Stadium, spoiling Co-Lin’s 2009debut. With a gusting wind blowing toward the left field wall,Faulkner State erased a 2-0 deficit and forged a 7-2 lead beforethe Wolves rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh.

In the nightcap, Co-Lin shut out East Mississippi 10-0 assophomore Joseph Evans hurled a 5-inning, no hitter. Faulkner Statebeat EMCC 7-3 in the second game of the tripleheader.

Co-Lin hosts Coahoma for a 1 p.m. twinbill Saturday.

Faulkner 7, Co-Lin 5

With 2 runners aboard and the potential winning run at bat,Chiefs relief pitcher Bradley Parnell stabbed a line drive off thebat of Jeff DeBlieux and ended the comeback.

“I was pleased with the way we battled back,” said Co-Linbaseball coach Keith Case. “We were one swing away from tying thegame up and possibly winning it.”

Case unveiled a young, inexperienced squad with new players ateight different positions. “We were battling nerves andinexperience out there today.

“The wind was blowing out hard to left field and they (Chiefs)hit 2 homers off us,” Case continued. “It was hard to stomach thosetwo unearned runs.”

Sophomore Trent Hartzog started on the mound for Co-Lin and went4.2 innings. He enjoyed a shutout until the fourth inning.

“When Trent hit the 50-pitch mark, he began losing velocity,”said Case.

Hartzog, a sophomore right-hander from Monticello, gave up 5runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, striking out 2, walking 1 and hitting 1batter.

Michael Corso and Josh Huggins hit solo homers for the Chiefs.Shortstop Tailor Holley singled twice and doubled for Coach WayneLarker’s squad. Holley is a sophomore from Eufala, Ala.

Co-Lin took a 2-0 lead in the second on a leadoff, solo homer byMatthew Freeman and an RBI single by catcher Tyler Hue.

In the seventh, Co-Lin freshman Cameron Logan launched the 1-outrally with a double to the right-field corner. Jarred Rogersfollowed with an RBI double over the first base bag, driving inLogan with Co-Lin’s third run.

Kendall Logan kept the rally alive with a bloop single over thesecond baseman which scored the fourth run. With 2 outs, shortstopLuke Brumfield smashed an RBI triple in the left-center field gap,pulling his team 1 run closer to a deadlock.

Co-Lin 10, East Miss. 0

On the mound, Evans struck out 4 batters and walked 2 in the5-inning game. He retired the last 11 batters of the game inorder.

“Joseph pitched well and battled,” said Case. “We got a littlerain but he handled the elements. We played good defense, too.”

Centerfielder Jeff DeBlieux doubled and had 2 RBI. Third basemanJonathan Grace and leftfielder Mason Warren each had 2 RBI in thevictory.

The Wolves took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Warren reachedon an error and Luke Brumfield had a bunt signal. Cable McMinn’sRBI single gave Co-Lin a 1-0 lead.