Eagles pick up initial road win of season, rolling past Southwestern
WEATHERFORD, Okla. (Feb. 18, 2014) – Blake Stringer and Jordan Lopez each had four RBIs and Garrett Sumpter made a successful debut as a starting pitcher for Oklahoma Christian, leading the Eagles past Southwestern Oklahoma State 13-7 on Tuesday afternoon at the SWOSU Baseball Field.
OC (3-1) recorded its first road win of the young season, first jumping to leads of 4-0 and 7-1, then responding with a second four-run inning after Southwestern (3-5) had pulled within 8-6.
Sumpter (1-0), a transfer from Murray State, allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings. Luke Sandoval pitched one inning before Tyler Schuman came on and threw three innings, allowing one run while picking up his first save in an OC uniform.
All nine batters in OC’s starting lineup recorded at least one hit as the Eagles battered four Southwestern pitchers for 16 hits. The Eagles started quickly with a four-run first inning against Southwestern starter Chris Joiner (0-3). Stringer delivered the big blow, a two-run double down the left-field line.
OC added three more runs in the third, two on a double down the left-field line by Lopez.
Down 8-3, the Bulldogs rallied for three sixth-inning runs, with Dalton Daniels hitting a two-run double to center field to cut OC’s lead to two runs.
But the Eagles rebuilt their advantage in the eighth against Southwestern reliever Travis Leverett. Stringer tripled to left-center field to drive home two runs, Sean Murphy followed with a run-scoring double and Lopez later singled to score Murphy, making it 12-6.
Lopez finished 3-for-4 while Caleb Price, Stringer and Caden Cleveland each had a pair of hits for OC.
The Eagles will play their first home games of the season this weekend as they begin Heartland Conference play against highly regarded St. Edward’s (Texas).