Owls fall in day 1 of NAIA West region play
VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Oregon Tech baseball team was unable to get past the game 1 opener of the 2010 NAIA West regional tournament, as The College of Idaho prevailed with a 10-4 victory today at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver.
The Yotes plated single runs in both the first and third innings to take an early 2-0 lead. The Owls evened the score at two in the top of the fifth thanks to a pair of Idaho errors in the inning, but the Coyotes came storming back in the bottom half. The first five batters of the inning reached base, chasing Owls starter Frank Chartlon from the game. Darryl Swearingen took over on the mound and looked poised to limit the damage to just three runs, as he struck out the first two hitters he faced, but two more hits, a walk and a wild pitch plated four more C of I runs, making the score 9-2 by the end of the frame. Two-RBI doubles by Jarel Lewis and Ray Santiago were the big blows in the inning. They both finished 2-for-4 on the day, as did Jared Arehart, who also picked up two RBIs and two walks in the game. The conference's top regular season hitter Diego Robles led the way with a 3-for-4 day that included a single, double and triple.
Coyotes ace Ben Rosen went the distance to pick up the win, allowing six hits and four runs, though none of them were earned. A pair of infield errors led to the Owls runs in the fifth, and his own throwing error opened the door for two more runs in the seventh.
Mitch Garcia and Trent Smith accounted for the two Oregon Tech RBIs. Colin Stock and Cory Staniforth both went 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Coyotes will move on to face the winner of the UBC-Simpson game on Friday at noon, with the winner of that game moving on to the finals. Oregon Tech will face the loser of UBC-Simpson at 8:30 a.m on Friday. A win in that game will keep them alive in the tournament, while a loss would knock them out.
An audio broadcast will be available online at http://www.citr.ca. to hear the Owls live from Nat Bailey Stadium.
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