Owls Sweep Patten
Story by Oregon Tech intern David Buchanan
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A 10-run first inning of game 1 and a three run rally after a 2-2 tie in the 7th inning of the nightcap would give the Owls a sweep over Patten College today in NAIA West South Division play.
The Owls buried Patten by a 17-4 score in today’s opener and escaped with a 6-2 win in game 2. Oregon Tech is even with a 13-13 overall mark and moves to 7-2 in the South Division of the NAIA West. Patten drops to 5-18 on the season and 3-6 in conference action.
Taking care of business early, pitcher Matt Bellando would start off with back-to-back strikeouts in the first inning for OIT. With momentum in their corner, the Owls would erupt for a huge 10 run inning in the bottom of the 1st
inning on 6 hits.
Poor Pitching from Patten would put Tech’s Trent Smith, Kevin Armendariz, and Colin Stock on base with an hit by a pitch, an error, and a walk. OIT's Ryson Mauricio stepped up next and capitalized with a two run RBI double down the left field line. Earle and Staniforth then contributed with RBI's of their own, followed by a two run RBI single by Smith. Up 7-0, OIT would finish the 1st inning with a 3 run homerun from Armendariz to lead 10-0.
Shocked, Patten University wouldn't find a run until the 4th inning, scoring four runs on two hits. Yet, OIT would answer with six runs on three hits. With OIT's Mitch Garcia and Cory Spires on base, Hansen would send them home with a two run RBI double. This time it would be Stock finishing off the inning with a three run blast, putting OIT up 16-4.
One final homerun by Garcia in the 5th clinched game one against Patten University with a score of 17-4.
In game two, OIT would find a much tougher Patten team, edging out the win late with three runs in the 7th.
Patten scored first, but OIT was right there to answer with an RBI fielder's choice by Mauricio in the 1st inning. Patten would then move to the lead in the 2nd inning with an RBI single to left field.
Great pitching, however, from OIT's Shea Bedortha forced Patten into a stall until the 6th inning. Tech’s Trent Smith was able to push an RBI fielder's choice to tie it up. Bedortha went eight strong innings, giving up only two runs on three hits and tacked on a pair of strikeouts.
From here on out the Owls took charge, scoring three runs in the 7th and one run in the 8th. A single by Zack Earle and a hit by a pitch to Elliott would set up Locken to take the lead with an RBI single up the middle. Kealii Ribao would come in to pinch hit for OIT that secured some insurance with an RBI fielder's choice. With Locken on 3rd, Smith would connect with a deep sacrifice fly to center, scoring OIT's final run of the inning. In the 8th inning, OIT found its last run of the game with a solo homer by Colin Stock, defeating Patten 6-2 in the nightcap.
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