FULTON, Miss. – After moving to No. 5 in the latest NJCAA ranking, the ICC baseball team went 3-1 on the week to improve to 19-3 overall and 5-1 inside MACJC play.
On Wednesday, the Indians split with Holmes (14-7, 1-5 MACJC) after picking up a 5-3 win in first game of the day before falling 10-3 in the nightcap.
Game 1: No. 5 ICC 5, Holmes 3
With the game tied 3-3 after seven innings, Russell Bunch drove Justin Medlin in the go-ahead run for the Indians after muscling a two-out single by the shortstop. Hunter Nabors plated an insurance run with a single before the Bulldogs' could get out of the inning.
Sam Harrington picked up the win after replacing Medlin on the hill to start the seventh.
Game 2: Holmes 10, No. 5 ICC 3
The Bulldogs plated five runs in the third and two more runs in the fourth to take an 8-1 lead before coasting to the 10-3 victory.
On Saturday, the Indians knocked off Meridian (16-6, 3-3 MACJC) with thrilling 5-0 and 4-3 victories.
Game 1: No. 5 ICC 5, No. 19 Meridian 0
Freshman Houston Harding struck out 14 batters to help the Indians defeat the Eagles, 5-0, in the first game of the classic MACJC showdown.
Jacob Hall entered in a pinch-hit situation with bases loaded and delivered a bases clearing double to right to break open a scoreless game in the bottom of the sixth. Kyle Weaver followed with a single to score Hall to give the Indians a 4-0 advantage.
ICC picked up an insurance run in the eighth when Nabors scored on a sacrifice fly by Connor Lewis.
Game 2: No. 5 ICC 4, No. 19 Meridian 3
Freshman Trey DeSantis fired a one-hopper from right field to home plate to keep the tying run off the board and seal the win with a game-ending double play.
Trailing 2-0, Lewis hit a solo home run in the third to cut the Eagles' lead in half.
Nabors doubled and scored on a single by Crigger before Justin Medlin drove in a pair of runs to give the Indians the one-run lead when he beat out a great play and throw by the shortstop in the bottom of the fifth.
Hunter Hughes picked up his first win of the season while Crigger notched his second save in the win.
ICC will be back in action on Friday when they travel to Poplarville to take on Pearl River (18-4, 4-0 MACJC) – weather pending. The games will be available on LetsGoICCTV.com/RED.
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No. 5 ICC baseball splits at Holmes, sweeps Pearl River