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Burgess sets saves records as OC gains split at Texas-Permian Basin

OC senior closer Chris Burgess recorded his seventh save in a win over Texas-Permian Basin, setting the school's single-season and career records.
OC senior closer Chris Burgess recorded his seventh save in a win over Texas-Permian Basin, setting the school's single-season and career records.

ODESSA, Texas (April 16, 2013) – Blake Stringer delivered a tie-breaking 10th-inning double and Chris Burgess set single-season and career school records for saves to give Oklahoma Christian a 6-5 win over Texas-Permian Basin on Tuesday at Roden Field in the second game of a doubleheader.

UTPB won the seven-inning opener 8-3, rallying with five runs in its final at-bat. The teams had originally been scheduled to play only one game, but coaches opted to play twice instead, as UTPB’s scheduled game at OC on Feb. 28 was cancelled because of winter weather.

OC (21-18) led 3-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but starter Brock Werdel ran into trouble in the bottom of the inning, giving up two runs. Luke Sandoval relieved him, but UTPB scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth to go up 5-3, with Michael Rice delivering a two-run single for the Falcons.

The Eagles took advantage of two UTPB errors in the ninth to tie the game. Jerry Owen led off the inning with a double down the left-field line and Zach Loomis, in his first at-bat of the baseball season, delivered a clutch pinch-hit single to right field.

Sandoval (5-1) held the Falcons scoreless in the bottom of the ninth, forcing extra innings. Dillon Andrews led off with a bunt single and went to second base on a sacrifice by Owen. Blake Stringer’s second double of the game, to right-center field off UTPB reliever Leo Fuentes (0-1), scored Andrews.

Burgess, who pitched the final four innings of OC’s 14-13 win at McMurry (Texas) on Monday, retired the Falcons in order in the 10th to seal the win and post his seventh save of the season. Burgess, a senior in his first season at OC after transferring from Oklahoma, broke the school single-season and career save records of six, formerly held by James Crossley, who recorded six saves in 1993.

Jordan Lopez, Andrews and Stringer each had two hits for OC.

In the opener, OC scored all of its runs in the third inning, recording four of its eight hits, including an RBI double by Stringer that made it 3-1.

UTPB tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth and jumped on OC starter Tyler Sturges (4-3) and relievers Kacy Cook and Tyler Schuman for five runs in the sixth. Scott Hastings had a run-scoring double and Mike Briseno added a two-run single to center field.

UTPB reliever Isaac Diaz (2-1) threw three innings of shutout baseball to pick up the pitching win.

Lopez went 3-of-4 and Stringer was 2-of-3 for OC.