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'Toppers sweep Falcons to go undefeated in Big Seven

Jeff Birchfield • Apr 23, 2018 at 10:32 PM

Science Hill swept Volunteer on Monday night at TVA Credit Union Ballpark to complete a sweep of the Big Seven Conference regular season.

It was the first time since 2008 the Hilltoppers had gone undefeated in the league.

Brandon Feathers gave up just one hit as the Hilltoppers won 10-0 in five innings in the first game. Science Hill pounded out 21 hits in a 17-2 win in the nightcap. The 'Toppers improved to 25-6 overall and 12-0 in the league. Volunteer fell to 3-16 and 0-12.

"We have the players to execute and win games and we did that today," Science Hill coach Ryan Edwards said. "To go undefeated in the conference for the first time since 2008, that's a big accomplishment. It's been a long time."

Game One

Feathers, who threw 45 of his 64 pitches for strikes with six strikeouts, gave up his only hit, a single by Heath Douthat in the top of the fifth inning. But, the Hilltoppers quickly responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to end the game. Chance Hall hit a RBI single to score Ben Grable for the game-ending run.

Cade McCoy went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Kolten Keller and Hall each had two RBIs.

Grable was productive in the lead-off, with a triple, two walks and three runs scored. Matthew Levi and McCoy each scored twice. Ben Edwards also hit a triple.

Eli Dixon suffered the loss giving up seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Game Two

David Bryant's two-run, inside-the-park home run highlighted the Hilltoppers win in the nightcap. Bryant had three RBIs total. Keller led the stat line, going 4-for-5 with four RBIs.

Hall was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Levi also had three hits, including a solo home run, and two RBIs.

McCoy went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Grable and Jackson Hill each scored three runs. Caleb Marmo and Ben Edwards also had multiple hits.

"Twenty-one hits, I can't say enough," Coach Ryan Edwards said. "That's what we're trying to get to with that offense going as we head towards May. We have a lot of team speed this year and we've got to keep using that."

Garrett Wilkins started the game before Garrett Gleason came in as a reliever in the fourth to get the win.

Ethan Sargent took the loss for Volunteer. Gabe Musick reached base three times on a hit and two walks and Gabe Bass had a RBI single to lead the Falcons.

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