No. 12 Stars zoom past Lions in opener
OKC ace holds team to Scheaffer, Threadgill singles
Pisors, Ortiz take the hill in Saturday twinbillCurrent Standings: http://www.soonerathletic.org
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Stars pitcher Chris Pike tossed six shutout innings of two-hit ball to improve his record to 7-2. A senior transfer from NCAA Division I Fordham University (NY), he walked one and struck out eight Lions.
Reliever Matt Marsh pitched the seventh, whiffing two of the three men he faced.
Every player in the Lions line-up except freshman Matthew Scheaffer (Crockett, Tx / Crockett HS, Howard Payne Univ) struck out at least once.
SAGU was held to singles by freshman Brock Schneider (Arlington, Tx / Martin HS) and sophomore Bryant Threadgill (Whitewright, Tx / Whitewright HS, Dallas Christian College).
“They did a good job of battling with two strikes and two outs,” said Lions Head Coach Sam Blackmon of two rallies by the Stars. “They're a very good team and their ace threw well.”
Plus, SAGU's league leading infield, who have turned 29 double plays, was missing a pair of starters.
Senior third baseman Nick Sheffield (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) and freshman second baseman Clay Gentle (Fredericksburg, Tx / Fredericksbrg HS) missed the game due to student teaching and an injury suffered in Tuesday’s game against Ecclesia College.
Their replacements both made an error.
Sheffield and Gentle are set to return on Saturday.
OKC however, won this game with their bats. They racked up 14 hits, including five for extra bases.
Ryan Wright led the way by going 3-for-4 and drove in four runs. He had a double and a triple. Austin Murphy gave the hosts a 1-0 lead when he lined a second inning 0-1 pitch from Hayden Killebrew (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) over the rightfield wall.
Pike was touched for both hits in the top of the fourth frame.
Schneider led off with a single to right. It came on a 2-2 offering. An out later, Threadgill legged out a 'Baltimore chop’ to third base for the second hit.
The only scoring threat of the game by the Pride then ran out of gas.
A fielder’s choice, hit to second base, allowed Schneider to advance to third with two outs. The final out occurred on a ground ball to third.
No other player reached base the rest of the game for SAGU.
SAGU called on senior Tali Fletcher (Monahans, Tx / Monahans HS) to pitch in the sixth. The 5-foot-8 left-hander pitched a hitless, scoreless inning. He retired one batter on strikes.
The Lions, now 18-22 overall, slipped to 8-11 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Third place OKC (26-12 / 14-5 in SAC) trails Wayland Baptist University (28-14 / 15-5 in SAC) by one-half game after the Pioneers were swept at home today by Northwood University.
Oklahoma Baptist University (35-6 / 15-4 in SAC), ranked No. 1 in the NAIA for the first time ever, hold a half-game lead over Wayland.
OBU has won five in a row, all by at least 13 runs.
SAGU and Oklahoma City play a twinbill on Saturday. The first pitch is set for 1:00pm (CST) at Jim Wade Stadium, where the Stars are 20-5 in home games this year.
Blackmon indicated that sophomore Jarrod Pisors (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) and freshman Pedro “Tres” Ortiz (Lorena, Tx / Lorena HS) “will go tomorrow.” Pisors, a right-hander, is 5-3. The 3-6 Ortiz is a lefty.
“We will regroup and get after it tomorrow,” the Lions coach said.
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