Eagles sweep Crimson Wave 3-0

#22 Matthew Fusselman pitching for the Eagles. Picture by Jenny Rigney

#22 Matthew Fusselman pitching for the Eagles. Picture by Jenny Rigney

Scoring 10 or more runs in each of its three games against Calumet College of St. Joseph, the Oklahoma Christian University baseball team swept the Crimson Wave in their home opener on Friday and Saturday.

“As a team, we did well,” senior, first baseman Jake Baxter said. “We battled through a lot of adversity and never quit fighting to get a win all weekend. And it paid off for us with a big series win.”

Senior, pitcher Dalton Rentz struck out 11 batters while allowing two hits in his six innings of work, with the Eagles taking the first game 10-0. Rentz now leads the Heartland Conference in strikeouts with 35 on the season.

Senior, outfielder Cory Duran hit a two-run homerun in the third inning, while six other Eagles added at least one RBI in the game.

Sophomore, infielder Garrett Wages had two of those RBIs while scoring twice in his two at bats. Sophomore, pitcher Connor Litterell and Baxter both had two runs for the Eagles. Senior pitcher Jared Price relieved Rentz in the seventh inning and allowed one hit.

In the second game of the series, the Eagles had a total 15 strikeouts against the Crimson Wave.

The first inning alone saw Oklahoma Christian score six times followed by the third inning when they added six runs, including a grand slam from junior, outfielder Chad Kennedy.

In his first career start, sophomore, pitcher Michael Basler struck out nine batters and allowed two runs on seven hits in four innings of play. The remaining innings were all shutouts, thrown by a combination of sophomore Zachary Pape, junior Garrett Hill and senior Jake Moore who each pitched one inning.

During the third and final game of the series, Oklahoma Christian scored in each of the six of the innings they batted in and every starter for the Eagles had one at least a single RBI.

During a 10-run, third inning, Price, who had three RBIs in the game, hit his first collegiate homerun. Junior, catcher Logan Gipson and sophomore, outfielder Ryan Ward each added three RBIs.

Junior, pitcher Mason McAlister allowed no runs and struck out 12 batters during the five innings he was on the mound.

All three games ended in the seventh inning due to the 10-run rule, giving the Eagles a 3-0 series sweep against Calumet College.

“Winning this series was good for us,” Baxter said. “Hopefully, we can keep this momentum going as we move forward.”

The Eagles will play a doubleheader this Friday and a single game on Saturday against Lubbock Christian University at Dobson Field. The first game starts at 3 p.m.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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