Oregon Tech Falls in NAIA West Series Opener, 6-1
Alex Reynolds finished 3-for-4 at the plate in today's 6-1 loss. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech outhit No. 9 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) to open up a four-game NAIA West series, but the Warriors would record six of their eight for extra bases, including two homeruns, to down the Owls by a 6-1 final today at Kiger Stadium.
Oregon Tech falls to 15-25 overall and 8-13 in NAIA West play, while L-C State improved their overall mark to 30-9 and 19-5 in the NAIA West standings.
Back-to-back doubles from Jordan Payne and Connor Moore gave LCSC a 1-0 advantage just three pitches into the contest. Moore drove in his second run of the game on a solo shot to right field in the third inning to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead. LCSC made it 3-0 after Braxton Miller scored on a wild pitch in inning four. The big blow came off the bat of Bobby Tannehill, as the shortstop connected for a two-out three-run shot to put the visitors ahead 6-0 before the Owls got out of the fifth inning.
Tech plated their only run of the game after back-to-back singles from Alex Reynolds and Dustin Norman put runners on first and third. An ensuing ground ball plated Reynolds, as the Owls trailed 6-1 after five complete.
Both the Owls and Warriors would go scoreless over the final four innings as the opening game of the series ended by the same 6-1 final.
Alex Reynolds paced Oregon Tech’s 10-hit attack with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate with Zack Earle recording a pair of hits in the loss. All 10 hits for the Owls were singles. Aaron Jorgenson (1-5) went six innings allowing six hits and five runs while striking out six Warriors. Neil Emerson pitched the final three innings allowing just two hits and striking out three.
Bobby Tannehill finished with two hits, including a three-run homerun in the fifth inning. Connor Moore added a double and solo homerun and Jordan Payne two hits, including a double. Both Eric Peterson and Billy Silvestri added doubles in the win for the Warriors. Michael Noteware improved to 7-1, going eight innings and scattering eight hits and striking out nine.
The two teams meet Sunday in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
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