Eagles grab 9-8 victory on unexpected error

Derek Jones throws a pitch infield in April 12's game against Northwestern Oklahoma State. Photo by Allyson Hazelrigg.

Derek Jones throws a pitch infield in April 12's game against Northwestern Oklahoma State. Photo by Allyson Hazelrigg.

The Eagles baseball team celebrated Tuesday night when it won a 9-8 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State University on its catcher’s error.

“It was wild, I’ve never seen a finish like that,” senior catcher Austin Orth said.

With an 8-8 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Rangers attempted to walk Chase Kuwitzky to force an out around the bases, which held Eagle Jake Baxter on third. A pitch tipped off the catcher’s glove and flew behind him into the dirt. Baxter sprinted home and scored a run as the catcher chased the ball, ending the game 9-8 in the Eagles’ favor.

In regards to the game overall, Orth said the team “hit the ball pretty well…our pitchers did a pretty good job other than the one inning when we gave up three late in the eighth.”

The Rangers led 4-3 after two innings and knocked in another run in the third inning. Oklahoma Christian University responded with a five-run streak in the fifth and sixth innings.

In the fifth, Robert Rosser scored on Kyle Lacy’s hit to the second baseman. In the sixth, Brady Baugh ran home on Alex Polston’s single to left field. Polston then ran home with Zac Cobble on Derek Jones’ double to right field. Baxter sent Jones home to end the run-streak and give the team an 8-5 lead.

The Rangers managed a three-RBI double to left center field and tied the game 8-8. The Eagles held off their opponent in the ninth and Baxter scored the game’s final run on the Rangers’ catcher’s error.

Pitcher Jake Moore took the win in his 0.1 innings of work and improved his record to 3-1.

The Eagles will travel to Goodwell, Oklahoma to play Oklahoma Panhandle State University on Friday and Saturday.

“If we don’t sweep them it’s an utter failure,” Orth said. “They’ve won one game in conference so far.”

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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