Clayton homers twice as Faulkner pushes win streak to 9
Feb 14, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
Red-hot Michael Clayton homered in both games to help lift No. 20 Faulkner to a 13-3, 6-5 sweep of No. 25 Rio Grande, Ohio, in a college baseball doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Harrison Field.
The pair of victories pushed the Eagles' winning streak to nine games, while the losses were Rio Grande's fifth and sixth straight to start their season. Faulkner (9-1) also swept the RedStorm on Saturday.
Clayton's homers were his sixth and seventh of the year, but he was far from the only Faulkner player who turned in a top performance against the Rio Grande. In game one, shortened to five innings due to the run rule, designated hitter John Gunnels had three hits and five RBI, including a three-run homer to put the Eagles on top in the bottom of the first inning.
Daniel Cayton had three hits and three runs scored, while Kenny Miramontes had a pair of hits and scored twice as well. Tucker Williard drove in two and also scored two runs in support of winning pitcher Damon Porter (1-0).
In game two, Faulkner built a 6-0 lead but had to hang on for the victory, with reliever Colby Broussard stranding a pair of RedStorm runners in the bottom of the last inning by coaxing a pair of groundouts to end the game. It was his second save of the season, allowing Andrew Harrison (2-0) to earn the victory.
Clayton's two-run home run in the first inning gave Faulkner a lead it would not relinquish. Willard joined Clayton with two hits in the game.
Faulkner hosts a pair of doubleheaders next weekend at Harrison Field. The Eagles play Georgetown on Friday and No. 17 Campbellsville on Saturday. Friday's first game begins at 3, with Saturday's opener set to start at 1.