KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech pitching allowed just one unearned run, while the Owls used nine extra base hits to push across 16 runs of their own in a pair of NAIA West baseball games played today at Kiger Stadium. The Owls would sweep Simpson University by 8-1 & 8-0 scores in what is Tech’s home opening games of the 2014 season.
The sweep for the Owls comes after having played 22-straight on the road and improves their overall mark to 7-17 and 2-4 in the NAIA West standings.
The loss drops SU to 1-5 in NAIA West play and 1-21 overall.
Game 1 - Oregon Tech struck for 11 hits in the opener, including four for extra bases. Tyson Dahl and Aaron Burke recorded doubles in game 1 with Aaron Bocchi and Spencer Reed tripling in the game. Ryan Hayden, and Reed finished with two hits with Ethan Schlecht and Colton Minton driving in two runs each. The Owls big inning was a four-run fifth, as Tech moved up 5-0. The Owls would tack on two more in the sixth and a single run in the seventh to build an 8-0 lead. SU managed an unearned run off Tech starter Austin Taylor in the eighth for the final 8-1 margin.
Taylor allowed just five hits in his 8.0 innings of work, striking out seven and moving to 3-3 overall. Kendyll Garvin tossed the final inning giving up one hit.
Game 2 – Chase Meister earned his first victory on the mound this season, allowing just four SU hits, while striking out six in his 8.0 innings of work, helping the Owls to an 8-0 shutout win in the nightcap. Ryan Snyder pitched the final inning striking out one Red hawk batter.
Ryan Grant had the hot bat in the finale, driving in three runs on two hits. Reed and Hayden recorded two RBI with Minton coming up with two hits and driving in a run.
Meister got all the run support he needed as Ryan Hayden and Ryan Grant connected on their first homeruns of the year to push Tech up 4-0 after two complete. Hayden drove in Reed, who earlier tripled in the first inning, while Ryan Grant plated Colton Minton who walked to open up the second inning.
Tech’s big blow came during a three-run fourth inning where Reed’s double plated two runs after Minton led off the frame with a double, followed by a RBI single off the bat of Grant.
Oregon Tech and Simpson meet Sunday in a NAIA West doubleheader at Kiger Stadium beginning at 11 a.m.