Oregon Tech Splits Series With Simpson
Ryan Hayden drove in nine runs in today's doubleheader split versus Simpson.
MEDFORD, Ore. – Oregon Tech rallied for 10 runs in the sixth inning to overcome a two-run deficit to take game 1 by an 18-10 final, while Simpson used a four run fourth to come back from three runs down to win the nightcap 10-9.
After Simpson opened the game with a single run in the first, The Owls tacked on a pair in their first at bat. Tech then moved up 5-1 after solo homeruns from Kory Locken, Ryan Hayden and Dylan Rogers in the second inning. Back-to-back doubles from Matt Miller and Dustin Norman, along with a RBI from Locken, put the Owls ahead 7-1.
Simpson answered with a four-run fourth inning after a pair of singles and a Tech error loaded the bases. Daveron Ross belted the next pitch over the left field fence for a grand slam to cut the Red Hawk deficit to 7-5.
After closing to 7-6 with a run in the fifth, a SU three-run sixth inning put the visitors up 9-7.
The Owls then put the game out of reach with a 10-run sixth, highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of Hayden, his second long ball of the game, as Tech went up 17-9.
SU’s Ross made it 17-10 after his second homerun, while Tech’s Miller got the run back with a RBI single. The game would end by the same 18-10 score.
For the Owls Dylan Rogers and Matt Miller finished with three hits and three RBI each. Ryan Hayden hit two homeruns and drove in five with Kory Locken and Dustin Norman adding two RBI apiece. Codey Barrett went the final 3.1 innings allowing three hits and one run to earn the win.
Hayden opened game 2 with a two-run triple and later scored on an Earle single, as Tech held a 3-0 lead after one inning. The duo struck again the next inning as Hayden drove in two more on a double followed by a ground rule double from Earle to put the Owls up 6-0.
Simpson plated their first run on a sacrifice fly in their third, while Tech’s Alex Reynolds was stranded after a leadoff triple in the Owls’ next at bat.
The Owls seemed to be cruising, but Simpson would open the fifth with back-to-back doubles, while five straight singles tied the contest at 6-6. The Owls would regain the lead in their half of the fifth after Tommy Wood and Tyson Dahl drove in runs, while a wild pitch plated Tech’s third run to move up 9-6.
Simpson would rally again, this time for four runs in the eighth to take their first lead of the game. A bases clearing double by Ramos followed by a RBI single from Alden moved the visitor ahead 10-9.
The Owls would go down 1-2-3 in the eighth, while Simpson hurler, Kris Warner, faced four batters in the last inning to earn the win.
Game 2 saw Hayden record four more RBI, a total of nine for the day, with two hits, a double and triple. Zack Earle added two hits, including a double and two RBI with Tommy Wood adding a double and RBI and Tyson Dahl two hits and a run batted in.
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