Home runs push Eagles past SNU with a 15-6 win

Lane Paul contributes to the Eagles' victory over Southern Nazarene on March 22. 
Photo by Allyson Hazelrigg

Lane Paul contributes to the Eagles' victory over Southern Nazarene on March 22. Photo by Allyson Hazelrigg

The Eagles baseball team used a 26 mph backwind to amplify its hits into home runs and sealed a 15-6 victory against Southern Nazarene University Monday night.

Infielder Brady Baugh said the team could have been “sharper” but he was pleased with the team’s success.

“In the first part of the game we were taking really big swings and just trying to hit everything out of the park,” Baugh said. “But then we calmed down and just started putting the barrel to the ball. Then the ball started leaving the park, so kind of vice-versa there.”

Southern Nazarene put three runs on the board to start off the game but by the second inning Oklahoma Christian University had tied the teams and rocketed forward to an 8-3 lead by the fifth.

Alex Polston and Robert Rosser initiated the run streak with homeruns, as Polston earned one RBI and Rosser recorded two. Jared Sterling and Ben McKenzie later reached home on a wild pitch and a single to left field, respectively.

SNU attempted a comeback with two runs in the sixth and the Eagles pushed them further back with another homer from Polston and a 3-RBI homerun from Jake Baxter. Austin Orth finished the sixth inning’s homerun trilogy with a 3-RBI homer to put the Eagles leading 15-5.

The Crimson Storm evaded a 10-run rule (the game ends when one team is leading another by 10 points at the end of the seventh inning) when Shelby Reese scored on Brady VanZant’s single to center field.

Both teams failed to score in the remaining innings and the Eagles bumped up their season record to 13-11, with pitcher Dylon Sturges taking the win.

The Eagles will travel to Texas A&M International University for a three-game series on Friday and Saturday.

“We should have a pretty good weekend, we’ve been playing good on the weekends lately for the past two weekends,” Baugh said. “We need to go out and get another good series win. Just keep building the team up.”

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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