Written by Ryan Bartels

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner (7-0) scored in each of the first five innings in Game 1 of this afternoon’s doubleheader against Culver-Stockton (0-4) to earn the 7-2 victory before icing the visitors 5-0 in the nightcap gaining the second sweep of the weekend here at Harrison Field.

A two-out double followed by an RBI single gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Eagles responded immediately with a two-run homer courtesy of T.J. Condon that same inning.

Ryan Rosa offered up a sacrifice fly in the second before Austin Paschke jettisoned a two-run smoker over the 400 wall at center field in the third to extend the Faulkner lead to 5-1.

Culver-Stockton scored on an infield error in the fourth, but the run did little to offset the Eagle swing fest.

Tra’mayne Holmes rocked a solo bomb over the fence left center in the bottom of the inning before Condon bookended the outing with a monster solo home run over the scoreboard and into traffic in the fifth.

The second bout ushered in more of the same with Paschke igniting the offense with a solo home run in the second inning.

Michael Darr knocked in the second run on a double in the third before John Price punched in two more runs on a single in the fourth.

Wes Roberson scored the final run of the game on a wild infield throw after stealing both second and third base.

Mike Peters (2-0) got the Game 1 win while allowing one earned run and scattering five hits over 5 2/3 innings of work from the mound. The junior left-hander also tallied four strikeouts.

Israel Fuentes struck out a batter while giving up no hits in the ensuing 2 1/3 innings before Preston Szuch entered in the ninth where he allowed one hit and had a strikeout.

Junior Ramirez (1-0) struck out four batters while giving up just two hits over the first four innings in the second win.

Dustin Hagy, Jose Agosto and Jonathan Wilkins each logged an inning, respectively, in the seven-inning affair. Agosto surrendered the lone hit in that span while Hagy had the lone strikeout.

Faulkner will next host Shawnee State (Ohio) in doubleheader action on Feb. 17 beginning at 4 p.m.


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