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Hustlin’ Owls Chop Down Oaks

Apr 13, 2014
Hustlin’ Owls Chop Down Oaks
(KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.) – The Oregon Tech Hustlin’ Owls got two complete games from their starting pitchers as they swept an NAIA-West double header over Menlo College, winning 11-2 and 8-1. OIT improves to 11-33 on the season and 6-18 in NAIA West play with the sweep. Menlo falls to 11-13 in NAIA West play and 24-22 overall.

In game 1, Oregon Tech scored early and often, scoring 4-runs in the first, 1-run in the second, and 4-runs in third to take a commanding 9-0 lead. That would be all the offense that starting pitcher Justin Dibble would need. Dibble went the distance allowing just 2-runs on 4-hits, while striking out 4 Menlo batters as he picked up his first win of the season improving to 1-2.

Oregon Tech added 2-runs in bottom of the 7th as Domonic Morris (Pictured) hit his 1st homerun of the season a 2-run shot over the right field wall giving Tech the 11-2 win. 

Ryan Grant, Nick Jernberg and Josh Devaughn had 2-hits each in leading the Oregon Tech offense.

In game 2, Oregon Tech got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the 2nd inning on an Aaron Bocchi doubled.  He then scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyson Dahl. Menlo tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the 3rd on a solo homerun by Sam Shapiro. 

Tech opened the game up in the bottom of the 4th inning scoring 4 times on 4-hits, highlighted by a Tyson Dahl double off the left field wall and a Ryan Grant 2 RBI single to give the Owls the 5-1 lead. 

The Hooters added a run in 5th after Josh Devaughn singled to lead off the inning. He scored on an Ethan Schlecht RBI single to left to give the Owls a 6-1 lead.

Tech grabbed a run in the 6th on a perfect double steal; Devaughn took 2nd base as Ben Krueger broke for home. The throw went through to 2nd base not in time and the Owls led 7-1.

Bocchi gave Tech an 8-1 lead as he hit his 4th homerun of the season to deep right center in the bottom of the 7th.

Tech starter Darian Benanua went the distance improving to 2-6 on the season allowing just one run on 4-hits. The Oregon Tech defense turned 3 double-plays in the win. 

Bocchi had 3-hits in the win with Devaughn adding 2-hits.

Oregon Tech will play host to St. Katherine’s on Tuesday before wrapping up the home season next weekend hosting Concordia University on Friday and Saturday at Kiger Stadium.

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