DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Muscatine's baseball team has not generated too many timely hits during the opening portion of the season.
That changed in the second game of Monday night's Mississippi Athletic Conference doubleheader at Brady Street Stadium.
Drew Logel and Vincent Benevente each had three hits as the Muskies salvaged a split with Davenport Central, 7-4. The Blue Devils rolled to a 12-2 win in the opener in five innings.
"It is huge coming out of here against Central with a split," coach Edwin Colón said. "They're a good team and can really hit. We feel good about it, and hopefully this can give us some momentum and take us in the right direction."
Logel had three extra-base hits (two doubles and a triple) and knocked in four. He had an opposite-field triple in the first inning, a two-run double in the third and a run-scoring double in the fifth.
"I haven't been hitting it well lately," Logel said. "We've been working hitting the ball to the opposite field in the (batting) cages. I guess it worked."
Central (12-5, 5-3) erupted for six runs in the opening inning of Game 1. It finished with 14 hits and capitalized on three Muscatine (3-10, 3-5) errors.
The Muskies were determined to avoid a repeat in the nightcap.
"I told them in-between games, I truly believe we're better than them," Colón said. "If we go out and do what we're supposed to do and play clean, we can beat them."
Senior left-hander Brady Swift pitched into the fifth inning and Gavyn Ashley worked the final 2 2/3 innings to collect the save. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Muskies.
"We just came out, hit the ball well, had good at-bats and executed pretty well," Logel said. "It was fun to see."
The Muskies return to conference play next Monday at Pleasant Valley.