STERLING, Kan. – The Oklahoma Wesleyan baseball team split the final two games of the three-game set against Sterling College on Saturday.
After winning Game 1 on Friday by a score of 7-3, the Eagles lost Game 2 10-6 but would bounce back and take Game 3 13-8 in six innings.
Game 2 – OKWU 6 Sterling 10
No. 5 OKWU fell behind early in the second game of the three-game series and looked at a 2-0 deficit after the first inning. They would answer with five runs over the next three innings to take a 5-4 lead headed to the 5th. Sterling crossed the plate six different times over the next four frames en route to their 10-6 win over the Eagles.
Left fielder Ryan Lujan led Oklahoma Wesleyan at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI’s, and two runs scored. Colton Kelly finished the game 3-for-4 with a run scored from the nine hole. The top half of the lineup consisting of Nick McGrew, Rodolfo Oleta, Austin Sojka, John Lantigua, and Hunter Henry each recorded a hit to round out the top statistical leaders for the Eagles at the plate.
On the mound, Jared Gray earned the start and went 5 2/3 innings allowing seven hits, four earned runs and striking out two batters. Claudio Ortiz came into relief giving up two earned runs and four hits, while Lizandro Cruz and Ethan Holmes also some action on the rubber.
Hunter Green led Sterling at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored, and a double.
Game 3 – OKWU 13 Sterling 8
In the final game of the series, No. 5 Oklahoma Wesleyan used a 10-run third inning to capture a 13-8 victory over the Warriors.
Chris Tapia and Colton Kelly each homered for the Eagles as Tapia went 1-for-2 with three RBI’s and Kelly finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Austin Sojka drove in two runs from the three hole as he finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate. Juan De La Cruz recorded a hit in four at-bats with two RBI’s, and Nick McGrew went 1-for-3 with two runs scored from the leadoff spot.
Kyle Fimbrez started on the mound for the Eagles in the rubber match and pitched four innings giving up six earned runs and striking out three. Landon Williams came into relief and pitched the final two innings striking out three batters before the game was called due to darkness.
Hunter Green went 2-for-4 at the plate for Sterling with a run scored.
No. 5 Oklahoma Wesleyan will travel to Oklahoma City for their next game on Tuesday, February 20th, against Southwestern Christian University. First pitch against the Eagles is scheduled for 2:00 pm.