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Baseball - Sat, Apr. 13, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 13, 2013) – No.5 Lubbock Christian University suffered another one-run loss and No.2 Oklahoma City University completed a Sooner Athletic Conference series sweep with a seven-run two-out rally in the sixth inning of the second game, as OCU defeated the Chaparrals 1-0 and 7-3 Saturday at Jim Wade Stadium.

It was a game of missed opportunities in the opener for the Chaps, as LCU was 0-for-12 at the plate with runners in scoring position. LCU was able to place the lead-off batter aboard four times and out-hit the Stars 7-4, but they struggled advancing runners. The Chaps were only able to advance the baserunners three times out of 17 chances and they were just 2-of-17 with runners on base. Trailing 1-0 in the seventh inning, LCU was able to produce their first multi-hit inning, but the hits by Tanner Rainey and Christian Vazquez came with two outs. Brent Leslie, appearing in his 175th career game and batting in the second spot in the lineup for the first time in his career (he had never batted any higher than sixth), came to the plate with runners on the corners and Rainey representing the tying run at third base. Leslie hit a 0-2 pitch to left field and it was caught to end the game. Oklahoma City's lone run came in the fourth inning, as a pair of singles helped take advantage of a lead-off walk and Chase Jensen, who had the walk-off home run in the opening game of the series against LCU, had the game's only RBI with a single to centerfield.

Shane Henderson had his longest outing of the season for OCU, as he improved to 3-0 going 5.2 innings and allowing five hits and striking out seven batters. Davis Henderson (no relation) pitched the final 1.1 innings and claimed his sixth save of the season. LCU struck out 10 times at the plate. Jack Mabe pitched a complete game for LCU and allowed just one run off four hits in six innings. He fell to 5-2 on the season. Vazquez (3-for-4) and Brandon Wilson (2-for-3) accounted for five of LCU's seven hits.

The Chaps would score their first run of the doubleheader in the third inning of the second game. The Chaps opened the scoring of the scoreless game in the third inning with a Christian Vazquez RBI single, which followed a lead-off double by Tanner Rainey. The Chaps made it 2-0 in the top of the sixth inning with Marshall Williams hitting a two-out pinch hit single to score Kamron Bownds. Things went downhill for the Chaps in the bottom of the sixth inning, starting with lead-off batter Chris Munoz's at-bat. Munoz placed a bunt down the first base line and as Brandon Wilson fielded the ball on the line, he attempted to tag Munoz, who appeared to run out of the baseline to avoid the tag. The umpires ruled Munoz safe and it was the break the Stars needed. It was just the third hit allowed by Chaps starting pitcher Derek Loera. With two outs and the tying run aboard, the Chaps opted to bring closer Hunter Flake out of the bullpen. Jonathan Sigado, Flake's first batter faced, would end up hitting a two-run RBI and the game was tied 2-2. Sigado would turn out to be the first of nine batters to step up to the plate with two outs in the inning. A Dalton Bernardi double along with an error by Joel Lutz,and four walks issued led to a seven-run two-out rally and a 7-2 Stars lead. The Chaps went through five pitchers in the inning. Vazquez hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, but the Chaps could do no more.

Sigado would finish the game 2-for-2 for the Stars. The Chaps were led by Rainey, who was 3-for-3 and a home run shy of a cycle. Loera went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs off three hits and struck out seven batters. The loss was credited to Flake (2-2), who faced two batters that later scored. Patrick Goelz collected the win (4-1) in relief for OCU.

The Chaps drop to 31-13 overall and 12-8 in the SAC. LCU has lost eight of their 13 games by one run. OCU completed the four-game series sweep to improve to 37-8 overall and 17-3 in conference play. LCU returns to Lubbock Sunday, but will be on the road across town Sunday facing Texas Tech University at 6:30 p.m. The game will complete a span of five games in three days for the Chaps.