KERRVILLE, Texas (April 17, 2013) – Kelby Reneau scattered five hits in eight innings and Chris Burgess recorded his second save in as many days, lifting Oklahoma Christian to a 4-1 win over Heartland Conference rival Texas A&M International on Wednesday afternoon at Mountaineer Field.
The game between OC (22-18) and TAMIU (23-18) was originally scheduled to be played last Wednesday at OC, but was postponed due to wet field conditions. Instead, OC coach Lonny Cobble and TAMIU coach Chad Porter agreed to play the game at Schreiner University.
TAMIU was No. 10 in this week’s South Central Region rankings and the win lifted OC’s record this season against top-10 regional foes to 4-5. That includes a season split against the Dustdevils.
The Eagles went 3-1 on a road trip that also took them to conference rivals McMurry (Texas) and Texas-Permian Basin. Burgess had a hand in all three wins, pitching the final four innings of OC’s 14-13 win over McMurry on Monday, then saving the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday against UTPB before recording his school-record eighth save of the season against TAMIU.
Reneau (2-3) struck out five and walked none in his eight-inning stint. He wriggled out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth inning.
Jordan Lopez singled, stole second base and scored on an error to give OC a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Dustdevils tied the game in the top of the seventh, as Alex Salas led off with a triple, then scored on a groundout by Alex McKeon.
The Eagles answered in the bottom of the inning against TAMIU reliever Ryan Williams (1-1). With one out, Caden Cleveland walked and Garrett Stephenson and Cory Eastwood followed with singles to load the bases. Cleveland scored on a sacrifice fly by Lopez.
Markus Carr singled to again load the bases, then another TAMIU reliever, Julio Velez, uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Stephenson to score to make it 3-1.
With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, Hector Gonzalez hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing out Grant Garrett at home plate. Salas then flew out to left field and McKeon grounded into a forceout, ending the threat.
OC added an insurance run in the eighth, as Garrett Guys walked and pinch-runner Caleb Price eventually scored on a groundout. Burgess retired the Dustdevils in order in the ninth to seal the win.