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Jones, late rallies power HBU to DH Sweep over Northeastern

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Powered by late-inning rallies in both games and a complete-game shutout by junior righthander Curtis Jones in the second game, the Houston Baptist University Huskies swept both ends of a doubleheader against the Northeastern University Huskies Saturday afternoon at HBU’s Husky Field.

Jones also went 4-for-7 at the plate in the two games and extended a hitting streak that carried over from last season to 15 games.

In the opener, HBU (6-1) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a 5-5 tie.

Thomas Clay and CJ Jarvis started the sixth-inning rally with bunt singles before Jones laid down a sacrifice bunt to move them up. But a throwing error on the play allowed Jones to reach safely and Clay and Jarvis to score the go-ahead runs. Zach Nehrir added a sacrifice fly for the final run of the frame and give the Huskies an 8-5 lead.

Starter Taylor Wright and reliever Josh Martinez then combined for three scoreless innings to secure the 8-5 victory.

Wright (2-0) allowed two earned runs on eight hits in seven innings to earn the win and Martinez worked two scoreless innings to notch his first career save.

Jones played third base in the opener and went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs for HBU. But he saved an even better performance for the nightcap.

Making his second start of the young season, Jones (1-0) scattered five hits, struck out two and walked one on exactly 100 pitches in the second game. At the plate, he went 2-for-3, was hit by a pitch and scored a pair of runs.

His teammates supported him with a five-run eighth-inning rally that blew open a 2-0 game. Mike Chamberlain’s bases-loaded triple into the right field corner was the big blow of the inning.

In total, the Huskies pounded out 17 hits against four Northeastern (1-5) pitchers in the 7-0 win.

In addition to the two hits by Jones, catcher Samm Wiggins went 4-for-5. Nehrir went 2-for-5 with two RBI and Jordan McCoy also added two hits and an RBI, while Bradley Brown was 2-for-4.

McCoy, a senior from Exline, Iowa, went 4-for-9 in the doubleheader with a pair of RBI. Nehrir, a junior transfer from Orange, California, finished the afternoon 3-for-8 and drove home four runs.

The Huskies return to action when they travel to face No. 21 Texas A&M Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park in College Station.

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