KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech held on for a 3-2 win in the opener and exploded for 18 hits, including three homeruns, in a 15-2 win in the nightcap to earn back-to-back sweeps over Simpson University in NAIA West baseball action today at Kiger Stadium.
Oregon Tech evens their conference mark at 4-4 and improves to 9-17 overall with the wins. SU, meanwhile, falls to 1-7 in NAIA West play and 1-23 on the season.
Game 1 – BJ Wilson earned his first win of the season after tossing eight innings of scoreless baseball. Wilson scattered six hits and struck out six Red Hawk batters in the process. Eric Christiansen earned the save after getting a ground out with runners on second and third and two outs in the top of the ninth inning.
Tech opened the game with a two-run first inning, while scoring what would become the game winner with a single run in the second.
Spencer Reed singled with one out with Ryan Hayden and Aaron Bocchi following with a singles of their own. Bocchi’s single would plate Reed and advance Hayden to second base. After a fielder’s choice put runners on the corners, Colton Minton made it a 2-0 game on a RBI single scoring Hayden.
Nick Jernberg led off the second with a deep triple to right, while Tyson Dahl drove in Jernberg on his one out single. The Owls would go scoreless for the remainder, while SU put together a rally in their last at-bat.
Heading to the ninth inning and Tech going with the bullpen, a one out rally by the visitors made game 1 interesting. Gemmill got it started when he was hit by a Raf Belloc pitch and next Mumford homered to left field to make it a 3-2 contest. A single by SU, followed by an error and wild pitch put Red Hawks on second and third with two outs. Christiansen, however, got Huffman to ground out to Ethan Schlecht at third base for the final out and his first save.
Game 2 – Tech got all the run support they would need after tallying five runs in their first try in the nightcap. Ethan Schlecht would drive in two runs on a RBI single with a Ryan Grant double pushing across Colton Minton. Cameron Cole and Marty Shanks would cap Tech’s scoring with back-to-back RBI singles to give the Owls a 5-0 advantage.
The Owls would start the nightcap with 11 unanswered runs before SU plated a single run in the top of the sixth inning. Tech answered with four more runs in the sixth, highlighted by a Bocchi grand slam to put Tech up 15-1. Simpson added a single run in the seventh, but got no closer, as the game ended in the seventh due to the 10-run rule.
Hayden and Bocchi finished with three hits each. Hayden added a solo homerun with Bocchi driving in five runs, four on his homer, in the contest. Colton Minton homered in the game, including two RBI with Schlecht recording two hits and three runs batted in. Ryan Grant would add a double and Marty Shanks two hits and a RBI. Darian Benanua pitched six innings, allowing four hits and striking out five with Justin Dibble tossing the final inning in relief.
Oregon Tech resumes NAIA West action this Saturday and Sunday with doubleheaders scheduled at University of British Columbia in Canada.