LUBBOCK, Texas (April 27, 2013) – No.5 Lubbock Christian University broke open a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with 10 runs, without an out recorded, and activated the run rule with a 10-0 win over Wayland Baptist University to wrap up a four-game Sooner Athletic Conference series and the regular season Saturday at Hays Field.
It was a strange bottom of the seventh inning in which nothing went right for the Pioneers. WBU starting pitcher Tom Bailey, who went into the seventh inning without allowing a walk in the game and retiring his last seven batters faced, walked the first two batters faced in the seventh inning. Then, Jason Fisch placed a bunt back to Bailey, who tried to get the force out at third base, but the fielder's choice was unsuccessful and the bases were loaded. The first two runs for LCU crossed home plate on a ground ball to first base hit by Kamron Bownds. First baseman Gabby De La Cruz attempted to get the force at home, but his throw went to the backstop and a pair of runs scored for a 2-0 LCU lead. LCU reloaded the bases on an error which allowed Regan Pearson to reach, and Christian Vazquez produced LCU's first hit of the inning with a single to score a pair of runs. That would lead to a pitching change and reliever Craig Cook entered for the Pioneers. He walked Brent Leslie, his first batter faced, and Brandon Wilson followed with a two-run single for a 6-0 lead. Cook hit Brennyn Smith and Brett Kauten drew a bases loaded walk for an RBI and a 7-0 lead. Marshall Williams completed a two-hit afternoon with a single to right field to extend the lead to 9-0, and Jason Fisch completed the scoring with a walk-off single on a ball hit beyond a drawn-in outfield.
To summarize the seventh inning, LCU sent 12 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs off four singles. They took advantage of two Pioneer errors and five batters reaching on the combination of walks (four) and hit-by-pitch (one).
Kyle Forsyth, a senior making the start on the mound for Senior Day, pitched his first complete game shutout of his career (making his 14th career start). In seven innings, Forsyth did not allow a run off six hits and struck out four batters. He did not allow a Pioneers runner to reach third base following the first inning. Forsyth improved to 8-1. Bailey, who had a shutout through six innings, allowed six runs (five earned) off one hit in the seventh inning (faced six batters in the seventh inning). Bailey had four strikeouts and allowed five hits in the start. He fell to 3-7 on the season.
Marshall led LCU, 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBI, for the only multi-hit performance for the Chaps. Johnny Hendrixson was 2-for-3 for the Pioneers in the loss.
Senior members of the Chaps were honored prior to the game for Senior Day. The seven members were Bownds, Fisch, Forsyth, Leslie, Marshall, Pearson and Smith.
The Chaps close the regular season with a 39-14 record, with a mark of 19-9 in Sooner Athletic Conference play. WBU finishes 19-34 with a 10-17 conference record. LCU will head to the SAC Tournament as the two-seed and the top seed of the four-team pool that will play their games at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla. The Chaps play St. Gregory's University Wednesday (2 p.m.), Wayland Baptist Thursday (2 p.m.) and Oklahoma Baptist Friday (6 p.m.). The winner of the pool will advance to the tournament championship game Saturday at 1 p.m. to face the winner of the pool of teams (Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma City University, Rogers State University, University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma) playing round-robin pool play at Oklahoma City.