Ouachita Baptist sweeps doubleheader from Eagles

Kelby Reneau was a hard-luck loser in the second game of OC's doubleheader against Ouachita Baptist.
Kelby Reneau was a hard-luck loser in the second game of OC's doubleheader against Ouachita Baptist.

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (March 29, 2013) – Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) outhit Oklahoma Christian in one game and outpitched the Eagles in another, sweeping a doubleheader 10-5 and 2-1 against the Eagles on Friday at Rab Rodgers Field.

OC (18-14) and Ouachita Baptist (14-16-1) had planned to play only a single game Friday and a doubleheader Saturday, but with rain predicted to hit the area Friday night, the teams opted to play twice on Friday afternoon. They’ll play one game Saturday if field conditions permit.

In the first game, OC rallied from a 5-0 deficit after two innings to pull even at 5-5 in the top of the fifth inning on a two-run single to center field by Blake Stringer, but the Tigers again pulled away.

In the sixth inning, OC starter Luke Sandoval (4-1) gave up a double and a bunt single to start the inning, and Duncan Collins greeted reliever Daniel Sawyer with a two-run double to right-center field. Collins smashed another two-run double, this one to left field, as part of a three-run seventh inning for the Tigers.

Collins finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored. McCrae Jones and Landon Flax also had three hits each for the Tigers. Austin Watson (2-5), the second of three Ouachita Baptist pitchers, picked up the win.

Jordan Lopez, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, was the only OC player with more than one hit.

The second game was a pitchers’ duel between OC’s Kelby Reneau (1-2) and Ouachita Baptist’s Davis Ward (7-2). Reneau allowed six hits and no walks while striking out three in a complete-game effort, but Ward was slightly better, allowing five hits, walking one and striking out six while also going the distance.

OC led 1-0 after the third inning. Markus Carr reached on a bunt single, took second on a groundout by Lopez and scored on a Garrett Guys single to center field.

The Tigers tied the game in the fourth, as Collins doubled to right field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Tavares. Ouachita Baptist scored the decisive run in the sixth, with Jones delivering a run-scoring single with two outs.

Evan Draper went 2-for-3 to lead the Eagles.