Despite overcoming a six-run deficit to force extra innings, the Oklahoma Christian University baseball team fell shy of the upset, losing to Southwestern Oklahoma State University 10-7 in 11 innings on Tuesday.
“We hit the ball well and we pitched good enough to win, but we just didn’t come up big in situations to hit in runners,” senior Garrett Hill said. “We should have won the game, but that’s alright because the next one’s coming up.”
After giving up four runs in the top of the sixth inning, the Eagles trailed SWOSU 7-1. A two-run home run by Jake Baxter, a double by Zac Cobble and a single by Alex Polston helped the Eagles add five runs to the board, putting the score at 7-6, SWOSU still leading.
In the eighth inning, Derek Jones hit a sacrifice fly to center field, allowing Brady Baugh to score and tie the game.
A single by the Bulldogs in the top of the 11th inning allowed SWOSU to take back the lead.
Eight Eagles saw the mound at some point during the 11-inning game, with Jo Dell Williams picking up the loss in his inning of work. Dylan Fazekas started the game for Oklahoma Christian, giving up two hits and a run in three innings.
At the plate, Baxter went 2-6 with three RBIs and a home run, while Jones and Robert Rosser were 2-5 each and scored a run.
The loss sets the Eagles at 15-13 for the season.
Oklahoma Christian will host Newman University at noon and 2 p.m. on Friday.
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.