The Patrick Robey era got off to a good start as the Lafayette Commodores picked up a 4-2 win over Tupelo on Friday night and an 8-2 win over Nettleton on Saturday.
Eli Murphree led the Commodores to the win over Tupelo as he recorded a complete-game on the mound. He threw 68 total pitches to garner the victory and only allowed five singles with no walks. Robey called his performance “phenomenal” and credited him for getting several gound ball outs.
The Commodores scored one run in the fourth when Hunter Bishop drove in John Murphree with a single. Lafayette then scored three runs in the seventh. The at-bat of the game, according to Robey, was provided by Joseph Taylor, who fouled off several pitches and eventually advanced Josh Keel deeper into scoring position. John Murphree ended up with an RBI single in the frame, while Michael Hudgins, who was 2-for-3 at the plate, also drove in a run. D.K. Buford also went 1-for-4. In the win over Nettleton, T.J. Hollis started on the mound and was credited by Robey for an outstanding performance.
Hudgins earned the win by coming on in relief and pitching 1.1 innings. Austin Arrington got the final two batters out. The game was tied 1-1 heading into the top of the seventh before the Commodores used three walks by Nettleton to start a rally. Bishop went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Jake McPhail had a double and two RBIs, while Taylor went 1-for-4 with two stolen bases.
Lafayette returns to action Thursday against West Point in the Pontotoc Tournament at 4:30 p.m. Tonight’s scheduled game with Clarksdale has been moved to April 1 due to weather. (February 25, 2013, Page 3B)