Owls Record 30 Hits in Sweep Over Lewis & Clark College
Brad Walters connects for one of his three homeruns on the day. Walters added eight RBI in sweep over Lewis & Clark College on Saturday. The two teams meet Sunday in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Oregon Tech overpowered Lewis & Clark College winning game 1 by a 17-9 score, while the Owls took game 2 over the Pioneers 5-2 to take today's non-conference baseball doubleheader at Kiger Stadium.
Oregon Tech improves to 11-17 with the pair of wins, while LC drops to 3-22 on the season. Both teams will conclude a four-game non-conference series with a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.
Brad Walters hit three homeruns on the afternoon, including two in the opener, his first a two-run shot in the first that gave the Owls a 2-1 lead. Oregon Tech would plate two more in the fourth inning to take lead 4-1.
LC cut the deficit in half on an Andrew Fasina homerun.
Oregon Tech then put the game out of reach with an eight-run fifth inning to go up 12-2 on the Pioneers. Kory Locken led off the inning with a single, followed by a double from Colin Stock. Walters plated Locken with a sac fly, while Ryan Hayden doubled to score Stock. Phil Sacks next tripled, one of eight extra base hits for Tech in the contest, and then scored on a wild pitch. Trent Smith singled in Kyle Hansen, who was earlier hit by a pitch. A Locken double scored two more runs, while Stock drove in Locken on a single for the final run of the inning.
Lewis & Clark added two run in the top of the seventh-inning, but the Owls answered with four of their own in the bottom half, highlighted by a three-run homerun from Walters, to move out a 16-4 advantage.
The Pioneers didn’t go away and after pushing five runs across in the eighth-inning made it 16-9.
Colin Stock then hit a two out solo shot over the right field wall to give the Owls an eight run cushion.
LC went away quietly in the last inning, as OIT took game 1 by a 17-9 final.
In game 2 Lewis & Clark again answered first with a single run in the first-inning.
Oregon Tech followed with two runs in the bottom of the first to move out to a 2-1 lead. With two outs Stock singled and Walters followed with a double. Ryan Hayden followed with a single that drove in both runners for the lead.
LC tied the game at 2-2 in the second-inning after Sam Holman led off with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt. Holman reached third after a stolen base, while Fasina drove in Holman on an ensuing single. That would be all Tech pitcher Zack Earle would allow the Pioneers over the next five innings.
Oregon Tech took the lead for good with a three run fifth-inning. Locken singled and stole second, while Stock drove in Locken on a double. Walters then drove in his eighth RBI of the day on a line drive over the right field wall, his third long ball of the day, giving the Owls a 5-2 lead. The teams would go scoreless for the next two innings as OIT took game 2 by the same score.
The Owls pounded out 30 hits, including 12 for extra bases. Kory Locken recorded six hits, while Trent Smith and Colin Stock added five. Brad Walters finished with four hits and drove in eight runs, while Ryan Hayden added three hits.
Matt Bellando picked up his third win of the year after striking out four and allowing six hits in seven innings of work in game 1. In game 2 Zack Earle settled down after his first two innings to record his second win of the season. Earle allowed just four hits and struck out six, while helping himself out with the bat after a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.
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