The Eagles’ efforts ebbed and flowed on the baseball field against Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday. In a tie-breaking extra inning the team’s attempted rally came too late and it walked away with a 14-13 loss.
Men’s Baseball Head Coach Lonny Cobble said he wished the team had finished strong to push the Eagles over the Savage Storm.
“I thought we came out with a lot of energy and then went flat for about five innings,” Cobble said. “We regrouped and went up four going into the ninth and then let them off the hook.”
The initial energy included Derek Jones smashing a homerun in the first inning, followed soon after by Kyle Lacy’s double, sending Jake Baxter home.
SOSU recorded its first runs with a homer followed by a grand slam to take the lead 5-2. The Eagles attempted a comeback with Lacy scoring in the fourth, but the Savage Storm added four more runs, increasing their lead.
Six runs down, Oklahoma Christian University rallied together and scored 10 runs in two innings and regained the lead, 13-9.
The Savage Storm recorded four runs by the end of the ninth inning, forcing the game into an extra inning to break the tie. With bases loaded, SOSU’s Bryson Allen singled to left center field and Tim Hunter scored, sending Oklahoma Christian home defeated.
Despite the loss Cobble said, “something we did great was we never gave up.”
The Eagles will compete next in the Southern Arkansas Invitational in Magnolia, Arkansas on Feb. 12-13.
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.