BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Oklahoma Wesleyan baseball took two of three games from Sterling College in the conference opening series over the weekend.
The Eagles won the first two games of the series, before running out of gas and dropping the final game.
Game 1 – OKWU 8 Sterling 7
After getting off to a quick start in the opening game of the weekend series, Oklahoma Wesleyan found themselves tied with the Warriors heading into the final inning. The Eagles had a runner at first and third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the runner at first getting caught in a rundown, the baserunner at third was able to steal home and score the game-winning run for Oklahoma Wesleyan.
At the plate, Chris Tapia stayed hot and led the way for the Eagles. He went 3-for-5 with three home runs, three RBI, and three runs scored. Hunter Henry followed up that performance by going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a double. Third baseman Trevor Achenbach recorded three hits in five at-bats while also adding a run scored.
On the mound, Zach Johnson pitched six innings while giving up four earned runs and striking out seven batters. Landon Williams and Lizandro Cruz came for relief and closed out the game for the Eagles.
Game 2 – OKWU 20 Sterling 10
The bats continued to stay hot in the second game of the series. Oklahoma Wesleyan put up 10 runs in the first four innings and held on for the high-scoring 20-10 victory.
Chris Tapia led the way once again for Oklahoma Wesleyan, as he recorded two of the six home runs hit by the Eagles. To go along with his two home runs, Tapia also compiled five RBI’s, four runs scored, and four putouts from his center field position. Hunter Henry added to the mix with a 2-for-5 performance that included a home run and three runs scored. Ryan Jones hit his first career home run, as it happened to be a grand slam, to finish 3-for-5 at the plate with 4 RBI’s and a run scored. Trevor Achenbach rounded out the hitting with a two hits in at-bats, one of which was a home run to right field.
Blake Randazzo made the start on the mound and had a very solid performance. Randazzo pitched six innings, giving up just two earned runs and striking out two batters.
Game 3 – OKWU 5 Sterling 11
One big inning was the story of the final game of the series. Sterling was able to score five runs in the second inning to give them a big enough cushion and hold on for the win.
Oklahoma Wesleyan was led at the plate by Trevor Achenbach, who went 2-for-3 with and home run and two RBI’s. Alejandro Hernandez added a 1-for-3 performance with a run scored, while Rodolfo Oleta went 2-for-3 with two RBI’s. On the mound, Carlos Aldana started for the Eagles and was knocked out early after giving up five earned runs. Jeffrey Davenport and Tyler Shumpert would come into relief and finish out the game for Oklahoma Wesleyan.
Oklahoma Wesleyan will jump back into non-conference play and host Roosevelt University (Ill.) on Tuesday, March 7th. The double-header will be played at the OKWU Baseball Practice Field and first pitch for Game 1 is scheduled for 12:00pm.