Benedict Baseball Team Captures SIAC East Division Title
04/10/2006: The Benedict College Tiger baseball team completed its season of conference play stealing 2 out of 3 games from conference foe, Paine College Lions. Early on in the weekend, the Tigers not only battled the fatigues of an away conference game but also the effects of treacherous rainy weather on Saturday. In game one, the Tigers would jump out to an early lead scoring 3 runs in the first inning of play. Senior short stop, Curtis Wragg led the hitting attack knocking in two of those run with a 2nd inning triple. The Lions of Paine College answered back in the 3rd inning scoring two runs on a base hit. Shortly after Paine College scored, their momentum was halted by a fifteen-minute rain delay. In the top of the fourth inning the Tigers scored on a sacrifice fly by senior third basemen, Deshaun Brooks. As the rain steadily poured, the Lions would score one more run just before the official postponed the game because of poor weather.
On Sunday, the Tigers would again travel back to Paine College not for just 1 anticipated 9-inning game, but now to complete 3 more innings of a 7-inning game and to also play a full 7 and 9 inning game. The Tigers would set out to defeat the odds by playing 19 innings of baseball in one day.
As the Tigers restarted game 1 at the top of the fifth inning, they unloaded 4 more runs onto the Lions to broaden the margin. Those run would take the lions confidence and prevent them from scoring the rest of the game. The BC Tigers would tack on another three runs to make the score 11-4. Tigers win.
During game 2, the Tigers would again score three runs in the first inning jumping out to an early lead. However, Paine would reply back with three runs during their first trip to the plate. While bases were loaded for the Tigers, senior Curtis Wragg came through again hitting a deep shot to right-center field scoring two runs to make the score BC 5- PC 3. In the bottom of the 6th
inning the Lions’ bats came alive as they connected with six hits and scampered three runs to seal the win. Final score Paine 6- BC Tigers 5.
(In Atlanta, Albany State loses to Morehouse— SIAC record 9-6. If BC loses to Paine, the Tigers will secure the 2nd place spot.)
After game 2 during the break, word comes in to both Paine College and Benedict College that Albany State lost 10 –11 to Morehouse College. Well, the BC Tigers used that as fuel to start the fire. During the first inning of play the Tigers unleashed a roar of hits scoring a stunning 7 runs in the first inning. As it proved to be a long 9 inning game the Lions would not recover from the astonishing first inning blow the Tigers placed on them, however they did score 3 runs in the fourth. Freshman pitcher, Justin Chapman, would hold the lions to only six hits throughout the game. Head Coach Derrick Johnson and his BC Tigers would tack on another 2 runs to solidify the win and become the 2006 SIAC East Division Champions. Final score, BC-9 Paine College-3.
SEE SIAC Baseball Standings as of 4-10-06
Source: BC Sports Information