Leave No Doubt

Ridge Point's Biggers one game away from dream

Jax Biggers is the starting shortstop for the Razorbacks in the College World Series Vype

Four years ago, Jax Biggers was a senior at Ridge Point High School playing baseball and football. He played integral roles in both teams' success. As one of Ridge Point's best receivers and one of the baseball teams most consistent hitters with .425 average and fielders, Biggers wasn't highly coveted by college scouts.

Despite the lack of offers, Biggers wasn't deterred from his passion for baseball and chose the difficult path of junior college, playing for Cisco Community College. It was his opportunity to show off the skills he'd spent his life honing.

Lead by the mantra of LND or "Leave No Doubt," Biggers is still playing at a high level just like his high school days.

Four years later, Jax Biggers is the starting shortstop for the Arkansas Razorbacks in the College World Series. looking to claim a national championship. His persistence and relentless passion for the game has paid off two fold. Biggers was also drafted during the Super Regional in the 8th round to the Texas Rangers.

"I never needed to be motivated to play baseball," he said. "It’s what I love to do. Being at the juco level just gave me time to get bigger, faster and stronger. When I got to Arkansas, just playing in the SEC and being around guys who have the same goals as you, is enough to be motivated. If you even need to be motivated," said Biggers.

Biggers' first year with the Razorbacks saw him put together one of the best seasons he's ever produced. He had the 7th highest batting average in the SEC as a sophomore and that was just a precursor to the 2018 season for Arkansas. He and his teammates have dominated the postseason, losing only twice. On the way to the College World Series, the Razorbacks defeated the No. 1 team in the country -- the Florida Gators twice, eliminated perennial contender Texas Tech and averaged eight runs per game.

"I knew the guys coming back from last year that we were special," he said. "About three weeks into the fall, the freshmen made themselves known. That’s when I knew we had a legitimate chance to win this thing," Biggers said.

 

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Houston's winning streak is up to nine

Astros secure series over Orioles as winning streak continues

Zack Greinke provided another long outing for his team on Tuesday. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images.

After continuing their recent dominance with a lopsided win over this Orioles team on Monday in the rain-plagued opener, the Astros eyed number nine in a row if they could do it again on Tuesday. Though not as one-sided, the Astros would get the victory to secure the series win.

Final Score: Astros 3, Orioles 1

Astros' Record: 45-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Zack Greinke (8-2)

Losing Pitcher: Jorge Lopez (2-9)

A tame start for Houston's offense

After a scoreless first inning on both sides, Myles Straw started the scoring with two outs in the top of the second, sneaking a ball off and over the left-field wall just out of the grasp of Austin Hays for a solo homer to put Houston ahead 1-0. After Baltimore tied the game in the third, the game remained gridlocked 1-1 until the top of the seventh, when Chase McCormick would reach on a one-out infield single then raced around to score on a Myles Straw RBI single, putting Houston back in front 2-1.

Greinke pitches into the eighth

Over that span, Zack Greinke was getting efficient innings against Baltimore's lineup. He allowed that trying run in the third, which came after a one-out walk moved to third on a single, then scored on a sac fly. That was one of his few moments with runners in scoring position, as he erased a single in the first, a single in the fourth, and a double in the seventh to maintain the new 2-1 lead.

The Astros loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the eighth but came away with only one run of insurance on a McCormick sac fly, making it 3-1 as Greinke returned to the mound to continue working. He allowed a leadoff single then retired the next batter before Dusty Baker would come out to get him as the left-handed portion of the lineup was due up and a better match for Brooks Raley, who had been warming. Greinke's final line: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 91 P.

Astros make it nine in a row

Raley completed the eighth for Greinke with two strikeouts to strand the inherited runner. With it still a two-run game in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly entered for the save. He erased a two-out single to finish things off, giving Houston their ninth win in a row and securing the series with a chance at the sweep in the finale.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set will be another 6:05 PM Central start time on Wednesday. Thomas Eshelman (0-0, 1.93 ERA) will be on the mound for Baltimore to face the Astros, while Jose Urquidy (5-3, 3.65 ERA) will start for Houston.

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