LUBBOCK, Texas (April 26, 2013) – Brandon Wilson matched a program single-game record with five hits and No.5 Lubbock Christian University produced 10 two-out runs-batted-in and defeated Wayland Baptist University 15-8 to open a Sooner Athletic Conference series Thursday night at Hays Field.
Wilson notched the 27th five-hit game in program history. Brennyn Smith was the last LCU player to complete the task, producing five hits May 3, 2012 at the SAC Tournament against Southern Nazarene. Wilson finished the game 5-for-5 with three singles, a double and a two-run home run.
The Chaps had to come back from a pair of four-run deficits. Josh Chinni hit a bases loaded single driving in a pair of runs, with an error leading to a third run scoring on the play, and Wayland jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. They led 4-0 heading to the bottom of the first inning. A sacrifice fly by Joel Lutz led to LCU's first run in the bottom of the first inning and the deficit was cut to 4-1. Wilson's homer came in the third inning and the two runs cut WBU's lead to 4-3. The Pioneers answered right back in the top of the fourth inning. Chaps starting pitcher Jack Mabe had a span of nine consecutive batters faced without surrendering a hit end in the fourth inning with three straight hits allowed. A bases-loaded walk followed and WBU led 6-3. Jovany Padilla drove in a run in the fifth inning for a WBU 7-3 lead, but that is when momentum shifted towards the Chaps. Smith hit a two-run home run with two outs for his sixth homer of the season and LCU trailed 7-5 in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Brett Kauten led off reaching first base for the Chaps off a dropped third strike and errant throw to first base by the catcher. With two outs, Christian Vazquez, Brent Leslie and Brandon Wilson each singled, with Vazquez and Wilson's RBI-singles tying the game 7-7. Lutz put the Chaps up for good with a three-run home run for his 12th homer of the season and the Chaps led 10-7. Wigberto Nevarez and Wilson each doubled in the sixth inning and their hits were a pair of a five-hit inning leading to another five-run inning and LCU led 15-8.
LCU out-hit WBU 17-12 in the game and nine of their 17 hits came with two outs leading to 10 RBI. The Chaps were also 12-of-24 as a team hitting with runners on base. Wilson and Lutz (1-for-2) each had four runs driven in. Six Chaps had multi-hit performances. The Chaps, who combined for three home runs over their prior two series, hit three homers in the game. Dalton Silva, appearing in his first conference game of the season for LCU, came in to relieve Mabe and pitched the final four innings. He allowed a run off three hits and struck out six batters en route to the win to improve to 2-0 on the season. The loss was issued to WBU reliever Wade McClintock, who fell to 2-3.
The game was LCU's first night game at home this season, and it was just their third night game of the season. LCU is 3-0 playing night games. Overall on the season, LCU is 37-13 and 17-8 in SAC play. WBU fell to 18-32 overall and 9-15 in the SAC. The two teams shift the series to Plainview, Texas for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. Friday. It marks the first doubleheader between the two teams since 2005.