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Argos win big in doubleheader sweep over Mississippi Valley State

UWF wins by scores of 10-0 and 9-1 in sweep

First baseman Cliff Covington was 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs in game one on Wednesday (Photo by Bill Stockland)
First baseman Cliff Covington was 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs in game one on Wednesday (Photo by Bill Stockland)

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 6 West Florida baseball team extended its winning streak to nine games with and two more wins over Mississippi Valley State in a doubleheader at Jim Spooner Field on Wednesday. UWF won the first game 10-0 and claimed the second game 9-1. UWF combined to outscore the Delta Devils 30-2 in the three-game sweep, including the Argonauts’ win in Tuesday’s series opener.

West Florida improved to 18-3 overall with the win, while Mississippi Valley State fell to 2-18. The Argos are now 12-0 at home this year.

“I was happy with the intensity the guys brought,” said UWF head coach Mike Jeffcoat. “All the guys supported each other, no matter who was in the lineup.”

Game 1: West Florida 10, Mississippi Valley State 0

It took a few innings before the Argos got their bats going in the first game, but sophomore starter Kevin Peters (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater HS) kept the game close by holding the Delta Devils off the scoreboard. Peters finished the start with five scoreless innings and improved to 3-0 with the win. The left-hander struck out five while allowing two hits and two walks.

The Argos broke the scoreless tie with a run in the third, and a six more runs came across for UWF in the fourth. The Argos then added one more run in the sixth, and two runs in the seventh clinched the run-rule victory.

Junior first baseman Cliff Covington (McIntosh, Ala./Alabama Southern CC) and senior outfielder Andrew Rodriguez (Key West, Fla./Miami Dade) were productive at the plate, as each player drove in four runs. Covington was 2-for-3 with two doubles, while Rodriguez hit 3-for-4 with a double and one run scored. As a team, the Argos tallied seven doubles.

Mississippi Valley State starting pitcher David Lostra (1-3) was credited with the loss after allowing five runs in 3.1 innings.

Game 2: West Florida 9, Mississippi Valley State 1

The second game was a different story, as UWF broke through with four runs in the first, two in the second and one in the third to take a 7-0 lead. Four different Argonauts had multi-hit games, including junior third baseman Jeremy Bajdaun (Hialeah, Fla./Florida International), junior second baseman Kaleb Barlow (Florence, Miss./Chipola), freshman catcher Kyle Hamner (Maitland, Fla./Edgewater HS) and freshman outfielder Chase Kiefer (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic HS). With Hamner’s two hits, he improved his batting average to .425 in 12 games this year.

Senior right-hander Jake Stephens (Marietta, Ga./Northwest Florida State) got the start for the Argos in game two, and he picked up the win to improve to 1-0. The right-hander allowed one run while striking out six in four innings.

Grant Reifers (0-2) was credited with the loss after allowing four runs in one third of an inning for the Delta Devils.

The Argos will take their winning streak and 4-2 Gulf South Conference record on the road this weekend to face Union (Tenn.) for the first time in GSC play. Union is in its second year of a three-year transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II and playing a complete conference schedule for the first time in 2013. Games against Union count in the GSC standings, but Union will not be eligible for postseason play until 2015.

Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled to start at 12 p.m., and the series will end with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m. For information on all UWF athletics, visit


West Florida 10, Mississippi Valley 0 (03/13/13 at Pensacola, FL) (Game 1)
Mississippi Valley.. 000 000 0 -  0  2  1      (2-17)
West Florida........ 001 601 2 - 10 12  0      (17-3)
Pitchers: Mississippi Valley - Lostra, David; Buchanon, Corwin(4); Kaplan, Mark(6) and
Hays, German. West Florida - Kevin Peters; Justin Chambers(6) and Garrett Flynn.
Win-Kevin Peters(3-0)  Loss-Lostra, David(1-3)  T-1:57  A-0
Weather: 64 degrees, sunny
Kaplan faced 3 batters in the 7th.


West Florida 9, Mississippi Valley 1 (03/13/13 at Pensacola, FL) (Game 2)
Mississippi Valley.. 000 100 0 -  1  7  1      (2-18)
West Florida........ 421 002 X -  9 11  0      (18-3)
Pitchers: Mississippi Valley - Reifers, Grant; Buchanon, Corwin(1); Lacy, Trey(2);
Killier, Montana(4); Stady, Kameron(5); Mangum, Marcus(6) and Fancher, Ethen; Palasini, Blake.
West Florida - Jake Stephens; Matt Rodriguez(5); Matt Vollenweider(7) and Kyle Hamner.
Win-Jake Stephens(1-0)  Loss-Reifers, Grant(0-2)  T-1:55  A-172
HR UWF - Ben Bridges (1).
Weather: 61 degrees, clear

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