Eagles’ pitchers dominate the field at Permian Basin

Catcher Lane Paul contributed one RBI to the Eagles at Texas-Permian Basin on April 8-9. Photo by Allyson Hazelrigg.

Catcher Lane Paul contributed one RBI to the Eagles at Texas-Permian Basin on April 8-9. Photo by Allyson Hazelrigg.

The Oklahoma Christian University baseball team stole the weekend’s three games from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin with a steady flow of accurate pitchers.

Friday’s first game in Odessa, Texas showcased the Eagles’ Brennan Walker as he pitched a shutout game and increased his record to 5-1. Walker’s pitching, combined with Derek Jones and Jake Baxter scoring in the first inning and Robert Rosser in the third, guided Oklahoma Christian to the 3-0 win.

The Eagles scored right away in the second game as well, when Alex Polston ran home on Baxter’s double to center field. Kyle Lacy came up to bat directly after Baxter and his grounder to the second baseman sent Jones across the plate.

Pitcher Dylan Fazekas allowed the Falcons one run in the game in the third inning but runs by Jones, Baxter and Jared Sterling in the fifth began to push back the Falcons’ chance of winning. Polston and Rosser each scored on singles to right field in the ninth inning to seal the Eagles’ win, 8-1.

Pitcher Joe Williams said the team’s pitching “dominated the first two games” of the weekend.

“Brennan Walker threw a great game one, Dylan Fazekas threw six tremendous innings for game two, then great one-inning appearances by Dylon Sturges, Garett Hill and then Jake Moore,” Williams said.

Hill pitched from the mound again on Saturday and claimed his first win of the season.

Rosser started off Saturday’s game with a single to send Polston home, but the Falcons came out with four runs in the second and third innings to take the lead. The Eagles failed to come back in the fifth, even with two runs by Sterling and Zac Cobble, but Rosser’s two-RBI single in the seventh saved the team by pushing it ahead 5-4. The team held this lead through the remaining three innings to sweep the weekend.

Williams said because of the Eagles’ “great pitching and timely hitting through all three games,” they “expect to win” their next game on April 12.

The Eagles will host Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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