Southwest Tennessee Community College

March 28, 2005

For More Information, Contact: Keith Gentry (901) 333-4114 / Kimberly Stark (901) 333-4023

Written by Keith Gentry

The Southwest baseball team was idle in TJCCAA play this past week, but played three games on the road, defeating Northwest-Shoals in a single game and splitting a doubleheader with Williams Baptist.

On Wednesday, March 23, the Saluqis traveled to Muscle Shoals, Alabama and defeated Northwest-Shoals 5-3 in a single nine-inning game. Top hitters for Southwest were Clay Wright went 4 for 5 on the day, and Brendan Murphy, who was 2 for 4 with three runs batted in. Starting pitcher Darren Wills combined with relievers Sean James and Ivan Nails to limit Northwest-Shoals to only six hits. Wills, who was the winning pitcher, carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

The Saluqis played Williams Baptist in a doubleheader on Thursday, March 24 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Southwest lost the first game 2-1 despite an outstanding pitching performance by Shane Jackson, who allowed only four hits in seven innings. In game two, Chris Rogers went 5 for 5 to lead Southwest to a 10-3 win. Other Saluqis with multiple hits were John Thurston (3 for 4, 2 doubles, 3 RBI), Jeremy Finney (3 for 5, 2 RBI), Clay Wright (2 for 4, double, 3 RBI), and Brit Vincent (2 for 4, double).

Southwest will play Northwest Mississippi in a non-conference doubleheader at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at Gagliano Field. The Saluqis return to TJCCAA play this weekend, hosting Volunteer State in a three-game series. The two teams will play a single game on Friday, April 1 at 5 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, April 2.