LUBBOCK, Texas (March 23, 2013) – No.16 Lubbock Christian University and University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma nearly duplicated Friday's doubleheader split Saturday, as LCU fell 9-8 in the opener and rebounded for a 10-2 win in the second game to split the doubleheader and the four-game Sooner Athletic Conference series.
The opening game was tied 2-2 heading into the fourth inning when USAO took a 7-2 lead with five runs in the inning. Jared Coon had a two-run double and Robert Summers cleared the bases with a bases loaded double to account for the five runs. A Tanner Rainey triple followed by a double from Christian Vazquez cut the USAO lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning, and then the Chaps exploded for five runs in the fifth inning for an 8-7 lead. Jason Fisch highlighted the inning with a three-run home run. USAO answered right back in the top of the sixth inning with a two-run two-out rally to take the lead. The Drovers would retire the final seven Chaps batters to end the game claiming the one-run win.
Blake Pruett went 3-for-3 in the win for the Drovers, who also received three RBI from Brian Vigo. Fisch went 2-for-4 with three RBI for LCU and Rainey went 3-for-4 at the plate. Jack Mabe suffered his first loss of the season for LCU (3-1), while the win went to Seth Sturgeon, who improved to 5-1.
USAO would take a 2-0 lead in the third inning to start off the scoring in the second game, but then things would turn in favor of the Chaps, as USAO would be held to just one hit over the final 3.1 innings spanning 15 batters. While Jarret Porter and Sam Fry were keeping the door closed the final 3.1 innings, the Chaps bats were coming alive. In the third inning, Rainey stole second and third base setting up a Brett Kauten sacrifice fly for LCU's first run of the game. They followed in the fourth inning with a seven-run inning. They pounded seven hits with Vazquez's two-run double and Kauten's NAIA-leading 10th home run of the season scoring three runs to make up most of the seven-run damage. LCU kept the bats going in the fifth inning with Rainey tripling and Brennyn Smith doubling to close the scoring with a 10-2 advantage.
Kauten finished the game 1-for-2 with four RBI. Smith, Kevin Domrzalski and Rainey each had a pair of hits for the Chaps. David Garcia, surrendering eight runs in 3.1 innings, suffered his first loss of the season (7-1) for the Drovers. Porter allowed one earned run off four hits in six innings of work to improve to 4-2 on the season and Fry pitched a scoreless seventh inning.
The split placed LCU with a 24-7 overall record and a mark of 6-2 in SAC play, while moving USAO to 27-5 overall and 5-2 in conference. LCU next heads to Oklahoma City, Okla., where they will face St. Gregory's University for a four-game SAC series. The series will begin Thursday with a pair of games played against St. Gregory's in Shawnee, Okla., with Friday slated at Mid-America Christian University's field.