That is the title of a song released in 1973 by Bachman-Turner Overdrive. That is also what the 13th ranked Delta State University Statesmen did against the Ouachita Baptist Tigers with a 13-0 victory here on a sunny but cool Wednesday evening at Ferriss Field.
The win completed a two game sweep of OBU and stretched DSU’s winning streak to eight games. DSU’s overall record improved to 18-6, while OBU fell to 14-17.
The Statesmen jumped on top of the Tigers early by scoring nine runs in the bottom of the first to take a 9-0 lead. The Tigers just couldn’t get anything going, while DSU was able to put four more runs on the board over the next six innings to end the game in the seventh due to the 10-run rule.
Delta State stroked 14 hits at the plate, while the defense didn’t commit an error in the field.
“Today was a good day on a lot of fronts,” Delta State head baseball coach Mike Kinnison said. “We were able to get off to an early lead and swung the bats really good early.”
Will Robertson led the Statesmen by going 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, followed by Ben Pickard with three hits, two RBIs and two runs, Benj Sullivan with two hits and two runs, Dex Herrington with a hit, three RBIs and a run, Kasey Hinton with a hit, two RBIs and a run and Carlos Leal with a hit and two runs.
The pitching was incredible for DSU as Drew Milligan, Witt Haggard, Trevor Blocker and Taylor Stark combined on a one-hitter. Milligan (1-2) earned the win by giving up just one hit with three strikeouts and two walks in four innings of work, while Haggard, Blocker and Stark pitched an inning of shutout baseball each without giving up a hit. Blocker recorded one walk, while Stark struckout two.
“I think both days was kind of match-up of midweek pitching and maybe ours faired a little better than theirs,” Kinnison said. “We got some guys in the games that we haven’t been able to play. We’ve had such a heavy conference schedule and so many mid-week rainouts, we haven’t had a chance to get a lot of these pitchers in. We wanted to give them a chance to show what they can do. I’m pleased with that.”
Kinnison said these wins with OBU should help DSU when the regional rankings come out.
“I told our team that before yesterday’s game,” Kinnison said. “These aren’t conference games, but they count in the regional standings just like the series against Alabama-Huntsville. I think as we’ve started playing better lately and put a few wins together, I think that’s helped our positing and maybe made us strong when that comes out.”
Wednesday’s game was also Kinnison’s 1,000th as head coach of the Statesmen. His career record at DSU is 765-233-2.
“My first thought is time flies,” Kinnison said about his 1,000th game. “It doesn’t seem that long. My first year here was ’94 as an assistant and I was an assistant for three years so it’s 18 years as a head coach. That all happened quick, and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. I’m just thankful I’ve had a chance to work here and have some longevity here. It’s been a great place for me and my family and a great place to coach baseball.”
Delta State will return to the baseball diamond on Saturday and Sunday when the team travels to Carrollton, Ga. to play West Georgia in a Gulf South Conference a three-game series. Saturday’s doubleheader will start at 1 p.m., while Sunday’s single game will start at 12 p.m.