Oregon Tech Ends Season after a Split at Patten
Colin Stock led the Owls with a .365 batting average and picked up his only career win on the mound on Saturday. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oregon Tech baseball team used a 17 hit outburst in the opening game on Friday and added 14 more hits in Saturday’s nightcap eventually settling for a split with Patten University in the final four-game series of the season.
Oregon Tech finished the year 17-33 overall and 6-18 in the NAIA West South standings.
Oregon Tech moved out to a 5-0 lead before Patten put a single run on the board in the fifth. The Owls put the game out of reach with a four-run seventh to eventually win game 1 by a 9-2 final.
Trent Smith continued to add to his career hit total with a single, double and triple in the opener. Colin Stock added three hits, including a double, while Zack Earle hit the games only homerun. Stock and Hayden Wolfe tallied two RBI, while Earle and Smith drove in a run each.
In game 2 Oregon Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead after their first at bat, only to see Patten move out to a 5-2 advantage after seven innings. Oregon Tech pushed three runs across in the eighth inning and when both teams failed to score in the ninth went to extra innings.
Oregon Tech plated a run in the 10th inning, but Patten again answered in the bottom half to tie it up. OIT went scoreless in the 11th, while Patten pushed the winning run across to win the nightcap by a 7-6 final.
Kory Locken and Wade Elliot finished with three hits each, including a double each, while Stock added two more hits on the day. Smith hit his second triple of the doubleheader and Earle drove in two more runs in the loss.
Oregon Tech bounced back after a 6-0 loss in game 1 on Sunday with Earle and Kyle Conner accounting for the only two hits in the game for the Owls.
OIT bats came alive in the last game of the season, as the Owl tallied 14 hits in the 9-6 win to finish off the year.
Smith singled and drove in two runs for the Owls, as he ended his career with 232 hits to take over Ryson Mauricio’s top-spot on the OIT career hits list. Earle and Kyle Hansen finished with three hits each, with Earle adding three doubles. Locken finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a RBI. Dylan Rogers drove in three runs, including a double, while Colin Stock pitched 1 1/3 innings to pick up his first career victory on the mound and Zack O’Hanen earned his fourth save of the season.
A five-run seventh inning, highlighted by a bases clearing double from Rogers, broke a 4-4 tie. Patten added two runs in the bottom half to make it 9-6. The game would end by the same score as both teams went scoreless over the next two innings.
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