ABILENE, Texas (April 15, 2013) – Dillon Andrews drove in five runs, Markus Carr stole four bases and Chris Burgess pitched a season-high four innings to lead Oklahoma Christian to a wild 14-13 win over McMurry (Texas) on Monday at Walt Driggers Field.
OC (20-17) completed a season sweep of its Heartland Conference rival despite surrendering 16 hits, issuing seven walks and committing six errors. The Eagles matched their season high for runs, stole seven bases and rallied from behind three times before finally putting away McMurry (18-22).
Ten pitchers saw action in the baseball game – four for OC, six for McMurry. Burgess (5-0) allowed four hits and two runs while striking out five to pick up the win.
Andrews went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and stole two bases and scored twice in addition to his five RBIs. Carr went 1-for-3, walked twice and was a pest on the basepaths, allowing him to score three runs. OC leadoff hitter Jordan Lopez went 1-for-4 with two RBIs, scored twice and combined with catcher Caden Cleveland to make a key defensive play to preserve a late lead.
The Eagles trailed 3-1 after two innings, but used a five-run third inning to go up 6-3. The War Hawks pulled ahead 7-6 after four innings but OC scored twice in the top of the fifth to regain the lead. McMurry answered with a four-run fifth inning and led 11-8 at that point.
OC used a three-run sixth inning to pull even at 11-11 and coach Lonny Cobble went to Burgess, who entered the game with an 0.89 ERA. The hard-throwing right-hander blanked McMurry in the sixth and seventh innings.
In the meantime, OC went ahead at 12-11 in the top of the seventh, as Carr walked, stole second base and scored on a two-out single to center field by Andrews.
The Eagles scored two insurance runs on just one hit in the eighth against McMurry reliever Charlie Hejny (2-4). Blake Stringer led off the inning with a single. After a sacrifice bunt by Jerry Owen, Hejny intentionally walked Caden Cleveland and a groundout moved both runners up a base. Hejny then hit Cory Eastwood and Lopez with pitches, the latter driving in a run. A wild pitch allowed another run to score.
Those runs proved crucial in the bottom of the eighth, as the War Hawks scored twice. Jordan Kennedy’s single to right field scored Jeremy Ruiz and pulled McMurry within 14-13. Dylan De Leon, who was on second base when Kennedy singled, tried to score, too, but Lopez fielded the ball and threw to Cleveland, who tagged De Leon out at home plate to end the inning.
McMurry’s Adam Neubaur reached on a two-out error and stole second base in the ninth inning, but Burgess struck out Greg Koll to end the game.
Kennedy went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored for McMurry, while Casey Berryman was 3-for-6 with four RBIs.