Owls end road trip with Sweep
Article by Oregon Tech intern David Buchanan
SAN FRANCISCO, Cali. - Andria Wheatley and Ashleigh Larson would go a combined 6 runs on 11 hits for the Lady Owls, defeating Academy of Art 6-5 and Patten 10-3 to end a six-game road swing through California.
OIT moves their record ahead to 12-10 on the season and will look to continue their streak into next Friday’s game against William Jessup University in Redding.
Opposite of yesterday’s play, it would be OIT that would get the best of the Urban Knights, scoring six runs on 10 hits. Academy of Art would strike first scoring a run in the 1st off a single. OIT would answer in the 2nd
, however, as Wheatley would hit a two run RBI double to right field, moving ahead by one.
Down a run going into the 5th, Tech’s Sara Coates would start OIT in the right direction with a double to center. Freshman Taylor Schmidt followed with a single, while Brittany Cherry would bring the tying run home with sacrifice grounder to second.
In the 7th, it would be Academy of arts losing their grip as two errors and a wild pitch would allow Schmidt to score what would prove to be the winning run from third base.
Game two with Patten would show much similarity to yesterday’s play, with OIT winning the rematch 10-3, while connecting for 18 hits.
Scoring every inning but two, OIT's Wheatley, Coates, and Cherry would go for two hits apiece, each with at least one RBI. Sierra Patzke, Kaila Johnson, Bree Larson, Mikey Eustance, and Kayde Schaefer, each notched a hit and combined for three RBI. OIT DH Amber Knight went for an impressive 3-for-4.
Aggressive play early, the Lady Owls would score six runs on six hits in the 2nd inning. Cherry started things off with a single, allowing Wheatley to get her home with an RBI double up the middle. Larson would then capitalize with a two run RBI followed by an RBI single from freshman Sierra Patzke. Finally, Brittany Cherry would find her way to plate, yet again, giving OIT an 8-0 lead going into the bottom of the inning with a two run RBI to left.
Up 8-3 going into the 5th, it would be Ashleigh Larson finding the sweet spot with a solo homer to left adding an insurance run. Wheatley's sac fly in the 6th inning would give OIT their last run of the game in the win.
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