Oklahoma Christian University’s baseball team saw trials and triumphs during its weekend three-game series against Northwest Missouri State University, but ultimately fell short 2-1 overall.
“It’s kind of disappointing because we’re the better team,” shortstop Alex Polston said. “There’s little mistakes we need to fix, but it’s the beginning of the season…little things we can prevent later on in the season.”
NMSU scored the weekend series’ first run in the second inning of Friday’s game. Oklahoma Christian took the victory with runs in the third inning by Polston, fourth inning by Kyle Lacy and Polston again in the fifth inning, finishing out the game with a 3-1 win.
On Saturday, the Bearcats quickly asserted control of the field with six runs in the first inning, followed by an additional four in the fourth. Trailing 10-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Derek Jones singled to right field and Sterling ran home for the Eagles’ first run of the day.
The Eagles began making a comeback when Robert Rosser knocked a home run in the sixth inning for 2 RBI. Rosser scored again in the eighth inning off of Lacy’s single and Austin Orth recorded the team’s sixth run.
Sterling scored the final run in the ninth inning and the game ended in NMSU’s favor, 10-7.
A windy Sunday afternoon slowed the game pace from Saturday. The Bearcats opened with two runs in the top of the third inning and Oklahoma Christian retaliated with a home run by Ben McKenzie in the fifth and a 2-RBI triple by Lane Paul in the sixth to take the lead.
The teams were tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh and carried the tie into two extra innings, where the Bearcats’ Ozzie Adams scored to push his team to a 5-4 victory.
“It’s the last day – Sunday – if the series is tied 1-1, you want to get that second win to win the series. But I think everyone was just a little tight today, didn’t really relax and play how we usually play – how we’re capable of playing,” Polston said.
Amanda Cooper, member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, said the baseball team is adding a new feature to the home games this season to attract students to attend: food trucks.
According to Cooper, a food truck should be present at every home game and a full schedule will be coming out for the student body soon.
The baseball team will travel to West Texas A&M University for a three-game series on Feb. 26-27.
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.