Phoenix staff, wire reports
BACONE SPLITS WITH GRACELAND – The Graceland Yellowjackets scored on a one-out single in the top of the seventh to beat Bacone 6-5 in the nightcap of the doubleheader at Warrior Field on Saturday after the Warriors took the opener 8-3.
With the split, Bacone falls to 6-4 on the season while Graceland improves to 2-2.
In the opener, Tim Hill tossed a complete game to improve to 1-1, giving up three earned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and three walks. Ricardo Barbosa, Tony Mendez, Wade Morten and Kyle Pietryga each had two hits while Pietryga led the way with three RBIs.
The nightcap saw Matt Durbin start for Bacone and get a no-decision, pitching 4.1 innings and giving up five runs, two earned, on two with four strikeouts and three walks. Alberto Pena was tagged with the loss, pitching the final 2.2 innings and surrendered the one one on two hits.
Eric Folkers was the only Warrior with a multi-hit game, finishing with two hits in three at-bats and scoring twice while Jonathan Villela drove in two of the Warriors’ runs.
The two schools meet in another doubleheader today beginning at 12:30 p.m.
CONNORS TAKES TWO AT USA INVITE – The Connors State Cowboys began their 2013 season on a high note, beating Lakeland (Ill.) 8-2 and Merimac (Mo.) 2-0 in Saturday’s games at the USA Baseball Invitational in Millington, Tenn.
In game one, Cory Keith, son of Connors coach Perry Keith, finished the game with three RBIS while Victor Claudio drove in two. Daniel Concepcion pitched four innings and allowed one run on two hits with seven strikeouts to get the win while Andrew Simonetti came on in relief to get the save.
Against Merimac, the Cowboys did all their scoring in the third inning on a Dalton Daniels single and a double down the left-field line by Keith scoring Daniels. Jordan Romano tossed four innings and gave up just two hits with seven strikeouts to record the win while Josh Hammill pitched three scoreless innings with six strikeouts for the save. The Cowboys finish tournament action today against Ellsworth (Iowa) at 10 a.m. and Shawnee (Ill.) at 12:30 p.m.
NW MO. STATE 7, NSU 5 — NSU (0-1, 0-1 MIAA) competed in its first contest as members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, and the Bearcats (1-3, 1-0 MIAA) earned their first win of the early season despite being outhit 10-7 — but NSU issued five free passes to just one from the Bearcats.
Kegan Knight and Preston Cash led NSU with three hits each. Knight blasted a solo home run in the third inning and Cash scored twice. Seven different Bearcats registered hits. Charlie Krueger used one swing to record three RBI and Ryan Abernathy scored three times.
Northeastern State was able to record two outs to start the game, but an RBI single from J.J. Baccari and Krueger’s three-run blast quickly made the score 4-0 before the RiverHawks had a chance to respond.
Eufaula grad Hayden Walch (0-1) lasted four innings on the mound for NSU. He allowed five runs on six hits, walking two and striking out one. Senior Brandon Compton threw 3.2 innings of solid relief work, as he only allowed one base runner (via walk), while also posting a strike out.
The two teams play a noon doubleheader today.
OKLAHOMA 3-11, HOFSTRA 2-10 — At Norman, OU pulled out a pair of one-run wins to move to 3-0. Jonathan Gray fanned six over six-plus innings in game one while senior third baseman Garrett Carey tallied a career-high four hits and junior infielder Hector Lorenzana hit the decisive home run in the fifth.
In game two, Oklahoma overcame a 7-1 deficit by plating three runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the contest to extras. After redshirt sophomore righty Robert Tasin and freshman southpaw Jacob Evans combined to get the Sooners out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the top of the 11th, freshman outfielder Craig Aikin delivered a leadoff single to center, then scored the winning run when senior shortstop Jack Mayfield gave a fly ball a ride into center that was dropped by Hofstra senior outfielder Taylor Stuart. The teams meet again at 1 p.m. today.
OSU 15, NEW MEXICO 14 — Oklahoma State scored the game’s final nine runs and completed an improbable comeback with a 15-14 win over 21st-ranked New Mexico in 13 innings Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Cowboys scored four runs in the eighth inning, then rallied for four more in the ninth to send the game to extra innings tied at 14-14. In the top of the 13th, Jarrett Higgins brought home what proved to be the winning run with a single that clinched a series win for OSU (2-0).
Randy McCurry pitched the final 5.2 innings for the Cowboys to pick up the win. The senior right-hander, who did not allow a run and struck out four, pitched out of a huge jam in the bottom of the 13th. Today’s game is set for a 2 p.m. start.
NO. 1 ARKANSAS 7, W. ILLINOIS 2 — Joe Serrano and Matt Vinson each drove in a pair of runs, while Barrett Astin worked five solid innings (one run, three hits, three strikeouts) on the mound as the No. 1 Arkansas baseball team defeated Western Illinois, 7-2, on Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium. Brian Anderson and Vinson each had two hits to lead the Razorbacks at the plate.
ST. LOUIS 11, ORU 4 — A six-run fifth lifted the Billikens, who limited ORU to four hits.
OSU SPLITS — In the Lovelace Invitational hosted by North Texas, Oklahoma State defeated Dayton, 4-2, following a 1-0 eight-inning loss to Nebraska-Omaha here Saturday in the Lovelace Invitational, hosted by North Texas. The Cowgirls are now 4-4 on the season.
OSU pitcher Kat Espinosa struck out 11 UNO batters in 7-1/3 innings of work, but in a scoreless game in the bottom of the eighth, Allie Matthewson hit one off the fence in left center field to score the game winning run for UNO. In game two against Dayton, Taylor Woodall got the Cowgirls started in the second inning, blasting a grand slam to left to give OSU a 4-0 lead. Simone Freeman, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out 12 batters.
OSU wraps up competition at UNT on Sunday with an 11:30 a.m. rematch against Iowa.
OU WINS — No. 1 Oklahoma (9-0) continued its shutout streak at the Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego, Calif., with a 11-0, five-inning win over No. 22 Kentucky and a 2-0 win against Washington. In four games at the event, OU has outscored its opponents 24-0.
Keilani Ricketts and Michelle Gascoigne combined on the shutout. Ricketts threw four innings with three strikeouts, while Gascoigne threw the final frame. Jessica Shults drove in five runs, including a grand slam in the fifth inning. It was the 56th home run of her career, tying the Big 12 and Oklahoma career home run record. Gascoigne allowed just three hits and 10 strikeouts in the win against Washington.
CONNORS GOES 1-2 — Jessica Christian struck out 28 batters but it wasn’t enough as the Connors State Cowgirls went 1-2 in the Carl Albert State College Softball Classic Saturday afternoon.
The Cowgirls fell to Coffeyville Community College 5-4 in 9 innings, 7-1 to Independence Community College 7-1 before taking a 6-4 victory over Allen County Community College. The Cowgirls (3-8) play two at home Tuesday against Coffeyville Community College.
In the opener against Coffeyville, Christian went the distance striking out 13 batters with Jerelyn Long going 4-for-4 at the plate with 4 RBIs. Ashley Dunigan and Kail Romine had two hits each.
In game two against Independence Long took the loss inside the circle as the Cowgirls managed only five base hits. In the win over Allen County, Connors pounded out seven hits, with Whitney Whittmore leading the attack, a three-run home run in the fifth to give Connors the lead for good.
Christian stuck out 15 batters in going the distance.