Oregon Tech Falls in Extra Innings
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Tech baseball team couldn’t come up with the big hit, as the Owls stranded 10 runners and fell to Pacific University in day 1 of the Northwest Challenge by a 2-1 score in the extra inning affair.
Oregon Tech falls to 4-9 overall and due to the postponement of Concordia’s game against Puget Sound in the 3rd inning this afternoon, the CCC-NWC Challenge schedule has been altered. Oregon Tech will take on Concordia Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. in Tech’s only game of the day. The Owls will close out the tournament with a doubleheader versus Puget Sound on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.
Pacific got on the board first with a single run, as the Owls trailed 1-0 after three complete innings.
Tech’s Ryan Hayden led off the fourth inning with a single, followed by a single from Brad Walters that put runners on first and second. Dylan Rogers executed a sacrifice bunt, and Zack Earle drove in a run with a single to tie the game at 1-1. The Boxers, however, turned a double play to get out of the inning.
Pacific opened their half of the sixth with back-to-back singles, but Tech hurler Aaron Jorgensen retired the next three batters in order to get out of the inning.
Pacific led off the eighth with a hit by pitch and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. With the go-ahead run on second and one out, Tech catcher Dylan Rogers threw out the runner attempting to steal third. The Boxers once again put the go-ahead run on second with two outs but got out of the inning after Daniel Doty coaxed a pop up to left field.
With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, Zack Earle walked and Hayden Wolfe followed with a long single to send Earle to third. A fly out, however, would end the inning with the Boxers heading to the plate.
The Owls would work their way out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth to send the game to extra innings.
The Boxers then returned the favor, as the Owls were unable to score after loading the bases in the top of the 10th.
With the game tied 1-1 Pacific opened the bottom of the 10th with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. The next batter hit into what should have been a ground out, but an error allowed for the game-winning run to cross the plate.
Jorgensen went seven innings allowing just five hits and one run while striking out six in a no decision.
Oregon Tech hammered out nine hits, but stranded 10 runners in the game. Brad Walters and Dylan Rogers tallied two hits each with Zack Earle driving in the Owls’ only run on a single. Kory Locken, Alex Reynolds, Ryan Hayden and Ryan Grant added singles in the game.
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