Davis, Braves rip Buffalo

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 30, 2006

LORMAN &8212; Alcorn&8217;s bats remained hot Tuesday as the Braves posted a 12-8 win over Buffalo.

With five home runs so far this season, Alcorn slugger Marcus Davis launched a three-run bomb in the first inning and a solo homer in the eighth to bring his total up to seven on the season.

The transfer from East Central Community College also had five RBI and had three hits to remain the team&8217;s most productive hitter with a .456 batting average.

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&8220;I&8217;m just having fun out there and putting good barrel on the ball,&8221; Davis said. &8220;They are a great group of guys and anything I can do to help the team.&8221;

The Braves (12-5) also hit two more homers during the game with the junior designated hitter Bradley Hubbert hitting a two-run inside-the-park job in the sixth to put the Braves up 9-7.

Senior second baseman Kevin Gaston lined a laser out to right center in the seventh to put the Braves up 10-7. Greg White also had four hits and drove in three runs.

&8220;We have won 10 out of the last 11 games, and we feel good about what we are doing,&8221; Alcorn head coach Willie &8220;Rat&8221; McGowan said. &8220;Our offense is carrying the load at the moment, and we just need our defense to come on.&8221;

However, Alcorn relievers Trevor Klassen, Micah Finch and Darryl Jordan came up strong with only one run in the last four innings. A solid catching performance by Scott Spillars kept many Buffalo baserunners at bay.

It was close throughout the game with the lead changing hands often. In the second, Bulls left fielder David Amaro put one over the left field wall to put the Bulls trailing 3-2. The Bulls had the lead in the fifth inning after capitalizing off a couple of Brave errors to lead 7-6.

After that, Braves shortstop Greg White doubled and scored on a Davis single to even the score. Hubbert and Gaston then hit there home runs to make it 10-7.

Senior left fielder Caleb Betschart hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to score White to make it a 11-7 ball game.

&8220;We can&8217;t get on the field until April because it is too cold, and at the moment our pitchers cant hold leads,&8221; Buffalo head coach Bill Breene said. &8220;We also have some injured players, but Alcorn have a very good and aggressive team.&8221;

The Braves ended with 15 hits for the game while Klassen (4-0) got the win with pitching 2 1/3 innings with four strikeouts after relieving starter Pat Long, who went 3 2/3, struck out three and was charged with six runs.

Freshman pithcher Dan Francis took the loss for the Bulls after pitching four innings.