Owls Gain Split
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Tech baseball team split a pair of nine inning contests on the day, falling to Pacific Lutheran 4-2, while picking up a 7-5 win at Lewis and Clark College.
Oregon Tech (4-8) recorded six hits, but plated just two runs after stranding 12 runners in the opening game. Kyle Hansen doubled for the Owls, while Colin Stock accounted for OIT’s only RBI. Kory Locken, Matt Bellando, Dylan Rogers, Hayden Wolfe and Stock would single in the 4-2 loss.
In the game 2 win at Lewis & Clark, Oregon Tech scored the games first run, but a Pioneer homerun to left center in the bottom half of the inning tied the contest at 1-1.
In the fourth inning the Pioneers broke the deadlock with a run to lead 2-1, but the Owls came surging back in the top of the fifth with a four-run inning to take a 5-2 advantage.
Not to be outdone, the Pioneers answered back in their half of the fifth with three runs to tie the contest 5-5.
The Owls took the lead once again in the top of the ninth when Trent Smith walked with bases loaded ,and added an insurance run after Colin Stock was hit by a pitch to plate Tommy Wood who earlier singled in the inning, giving the Owls a 7-5 advantage heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Zack Earle, going the last inning and 1/3, shut out the Pioneers in the ninth to give Tech the win. The full-time shortstop would pick up his first win of the season.
Locken and Kyle Conner finished with two hits each and an RBI, with Locken recording a double. Earle doubled and drove in two runs, while Trent Smith and Wade Elliot added doubles in the game.
Oregon Tech will return to the diamond on Saturday, Feb. 26 when they travel to Linfield College for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.
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