Baseball Suffers 14-Inning Loss No. 24 Freed-Hardeman in NAIA Opening Round

UPLAND, Ind. – The Oklahoma Wesleyan baseball team suffered a heartbreaking extra-inning loss to Freed-Hardeman in the NAIA Opening Round tournament.

The Eagles fell to the Lions by a score of 3-2 in 14 innings.

OKWU broke the tie in extra innings when Hunter Henry recorded an RBI single in the top of the 13th inning scoring Nick McGrew. Freed-Hardeman (42-14) would answer in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run over the out-stretched arm of Chris Tapia in center field.

After the Eagles were unable to score in the top of the 14th inning, the Lions drove across the game-winning run after an RBI double to left field.

Oklahoma Wesleyan compiled 12 hits as a team with five different players recording two hits in the game. Hunter Henry finished 2-for-6 with a RBI while Austin Sojka went 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot.

Kyle Fimbrez started on the mound and pitched just over seven innings allowing just one earned run and striking out six Lion hitters. Lizandro Cruz came into relief to pitch the next five innings and struck out eight of the 19 batters he faced.

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With the loss, Oklahoma Wesleyan will now play in an elimination game against the winner of #3 Cumberland (Tenn.) / #4 Taylor (Ind.) on Wednesday, May 16th, at 2:30 pm CT.

 

NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round

Upland Bracket  l  Winterholter Field  l  Hosted by Taylor University (Ind.)

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1. Oklahoma Wesleyan (52-7, 1-1 OR)
2. Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (42-14, 2-0 OR)
3. Cumberland (Tenn.) (35-20, 1-1 OR)
4. Taylor (Ind.) (44-15, 1-1 OR)
5. Northwestern (Iowa) (30-20, 0-2 OR – eliminated)

Monday, May 14
Game 1 – 12 p.m. No. 4 Taylor (Ind.) def. No. 5 Northwestern (Iowa), 2-1
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Game 2 – 3:30 p.m. No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) def. No. 3 Cumberland (Tenn.), 13-8
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Game 3 – 7 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan def. No. 4 Taylor (Ind.), 13-2
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Tuesday, May 15
Game 4 – 12 p.m. No. 3 Cumberland (Tenn.) def. No. 5 Northwestern (Iowa), 8-7
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Game 5 – 5:30 p.m. No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) def. No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan, 3-2 (14 inn.)
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Wednesday, May 16
Game 6 – 12 p.m. No. 4 Taylor (Ind.) vs. No. 3 Cumberland (Tenn.)
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Game 7 – 3:30 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan vs. Winner Game 6
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Thursday, May 17
Game 8 – 11 a.m. No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) vs. Winner Game 7
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Game 9 – TBA TBD
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