CALDWELL, Idaho. – College of Idaho used a pair of five run innings in both game 1 and game 2 to sweep the Owls in today’s NAIA West opener at Wolfe Field in Caldwell by 6-2 & 7-3 scores.
Oregon Tech falls to 5-15 overall and 0-2 in NAIA West action. The Owls and Coyotes meet again in a doubleheader on Saturday at Wolfe Field in Caldwell beginning at 11 a.m.
Game 1 – Austin Taylor tossed five scoreless innings before College of Idaho pushed five runs across in the sixth, eventually winning 6-2. Taylor drops to 2-3 on the season, allowing just two hits heading into the sixth frame.
Oregon Tech got on the board in their first at-bat when Aaron Bocchi singled to drive in Tyson Dahl, who earlier doubled with one out. The Owls went scoreless before tacking on a single run in the eighth inning after falling behind 6-1. Josh Devaughn reached second on a throwing error by the shortstop on his at-bat. Dahl later singled in Devaughn from third, but was left stranded.
C of I, trailing 1-0, scored five runs in their half of the sixth, highlighted by a three-run double by pinch hitter Cole Mansanerez, to go up 5-1. C of I scored a single run in the seventh with the Owls scoring in the eighth for the final 6-2 margin.
Dahl finished the opener with a pair of hits, including a double and RBI. Bocchi added a RBI with Ethan Schlecht recording a double in the game.
Game 2 – Both teams scored a pair of runs in the first inning with the Owls taking a 3-2 lead with a single run in the third inning.
Spencer Reed stroked a one out double to start things for Tech, while Bocchi singled in Reed for the game’s first run. A Schlecht double later scored Bocchi from first base to make it 2-0.
Tied at 2-all, Ryan Hayden and Bocchi connected for back-to-back two out doubles, as the Owls led 3-2.
C of I, however, used their second five run inning of the day to claim a 7-3 advantage in the fourth inning, with both team going scoreless for the remainder.
Hayden, Bocchi and Schlecht gathered two hits each in the nightcap, with each doubling. Reed accounted for Tech’s fourth extra base hit, a double in the first inning.