The 13th ranked Eagles collected two more wins last night as they went on to continue to showcase their high powered offense against the Baker University Wildcats. Jordan Hill and Landon Williams secured the mound for the Eagles in game one. Hill, the left-handed senior, went 4.0 innings and kept the wildcats offense off-balanced enough giving up 6 earned runs. Williams, the right-handed senior came to close the door as he went 3.0 innings giving up only 2 earned runs. The Eagle offense was on full display in game one as he scored in every inning, including 11 in the fourth inning alone. They finished the first game with 20 hits and won by a margin of 17-8.
Senior shortstop Austin Sojka led the offense in the first game at the lead-off position in the lineup and finished the game going 4/4 with a homerun, 3 RBIs and scored twice. Senior catcher Rylee Peterson also finished game one going 4/4 with a homerun, a triple, 2 RBIs, and scored a run. Third baseman John Lantigua and left fielder Tyson Cronin got in on the homerun mix as well with one a piece. Lantigua finished the game going 3/4 with 1 RBI and 3 runs scored, while Cronin finished 2/4 with a double, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
The high octane offense did not miss a beat in the second game either as they also scored in every inning again and collected 17 total hits. Sophomore right-hander Jacob Williams started on the bump and went 5.2 innings allowing 4 earned runs on 3 hits and collected 5 strikeouts. Noah Baker came in the final 1.1 innings and shut the door on the Wildcats not allowing another run to cross the plate.
Sojka stayed perfect on the evening as he finished game 2 going 3/3 with another homerun, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Senior center fielder Colton Kelly had the hot bat in game two as he went 2/3 with 2 homeruns, 5 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Junior right fielder Drenis Ozuna finished the second game going 2/4 with 2 RBIs, a triple and a double, while Cronin collected his second homerun on the night. Sophomore third baseman Tanner Kellerstrass also made his presence felt in the high powered Eagle offense as he came off the bench with a 3-run homerun in the 6th inning.
The OKWU team now improves their regular season record to 17-3. They will hit the diamond again this Friday, March 15th at 3 PM as they welcome the Tabor College Bluejays, who are receiving votes in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Polls, for a 3-game KCAC conference weekend series at Doenges Memorial Stadium.