Tech Splits with Patten on Senior Day
Tech Honors its 5 Seniors Left -Right Chad Trevisan, Josh Strom, Kevin Huntley,
Lee Eklund and Quinn Hummel (Photo by Kelly Caleb)
Klamath Falls, OR - The Oregon Tech Hustlin' Owls split a doubleheader Sunday with Patten University to end the 2009 regular season. With the split Oregon Tech finishes the regular season as South Champions of the NAIA West with a school record of 32-23 and 24-8 in the conference play. Tech will now wait and see who they play in the 4 team NAIA West Tournament to be played in Vancouver B.C May 4 -6. British Columbia will host the Tournament after winning the North Championship. The two other teams to play in the Tournament will be determined Sunday night. Those teams will most likely be College of Idaho and Cal State San Marcos. Patten ends its season with a 14-16 conference record and an overall record of 16-25.
Tech won game 1 15-4 behind the solid pitching of Senior Josh Strom who threw 6 complete innings, giving up just 4 hits and no earned runs. Tech scored 5 runs in the bottom of the first inning then added 3-runs in the 4th and put the game away with a 7-run 5th inning. The Hooters 15 hit attack was led by Freshman Zack Earle who was a double away from hitting for the cycle. Earle hit his 9th homerun of the season in the 4th inning then finished up his 3-4 effort with a triple in Tech's 7-run 4th inning. Ryson Mauricio continued his assault on the Tech record book with his 18th & 19th doubles of the season. Quinn Hummel said goodbye to the home crowd on senior day with a 4-4 effort including 2 doubles. Nick Staller and Kory Locken each added 2-hits for Oregon Tech in the win.
In game 2, the story was the pitching of Patten's Michael McCormack who entered the game with an ERA of 12.67. McCormack held Oregon Tech scoreless and allowed only 1 hit over the first 5 innings. Oregon Tech finally put a rally together in the bottom of the 6th scoring 4 runs on 5 consecutive hits highlighted by Ryson Mauricio hitting his team record 14th homerun of the season, a 3-run shot making it 5-4 Patten. The Lions added an insurance run in the 6th and then put the game away with 2-runs in the 9th to win 8-5.
Patten's hitting attack was led by Jeremy Wells who capped off a 6 hit day with his 5th homerun of the season in the 5th inning. Max Burnett added 3-hits for Patten in the win. Oregon Tech was once again led by Mauricio who had 2-hits in the loss and Zack Earle who chipped in 2-doubles. McCormack was credited with the win while Tech's Chad Trevisan fell to 6-4 getting the loss.
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