KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Concordia used seven-straight hits in an eight-run second inning, taking a seven run lead, and holding on to edge Oregon Tech 13-11 in the opener, while Oregon Tech’s comeback bid in the nightcap came up short, falling 4-3, as the Cavaliers swept a pair of NAIA West baseball games from the Owls today at Kiger Stadium.
Oregon Tech fell to 11-35 overall and 6-20 in NAIA West play. Concordia is now 24-18 on the season and 14-12 in NAIA West action. Game 1 – An eight-run second inning was all the momentum Concordia needed to carry the Cavs to a 13-11 win in the opener.
Tech would take their only lead after plating a single run in their first at-bat. Domonic Morris led off with a single, later scoring on a Colton Minton sacrifice fly, giving the Owls a 1-0 lead. Ethan Schlecht doubled in the inning for one of his four hits in game 1.
Concordia used seven-straight hits for an eight run second inning to move up 8-1. Ben Talbot, Trent Calmer, Cole Pittman and Blake Evetts drove in a run each with Ian Erickson adding two RBI on his single in the inning.
Tech notched three runs in the second inning to trail 8-4. A Bryce Asao single followed by Cameron Cole’s double put runners at second and third. Josh Devaughn grounded out to score Asao. Morris walked and Tyson Dahl followed with a RBI single with Aaron Bocchi driving in the third run on sacrifice fly.
CU and Tech would tally two runs each in the third to make it a 10-6 contest.
Tech closed the gap to 10-7 when Tyson Dahl led off the fifth inning with a single, later scoring on a Minton ground out to second. The Cavs, however, added to their lead with a pair of runs in the sixth inning making it a 12-7 game.
A two out two-run single by Dahl in the Owls’ half of the sixth cut their deficit to 12-9, while a Morris solo blast to right field made it a 12-10 game after seven complete.
The Cavs and Owls traded single runs in the eighth, including a RBI double from Hayden, as the teams headed to the final inning with the score 13-11. CU was unable to score in their final try giving Tech a chance to tie or win. The Owls were able to put runners on first and second, but a pop up would end the game by the same 13-11 score.
Schlecht and Dahl recorded four hits each with Dahl driving in three runs in the loss. Hayden and Asao added three hits, with Morris and Cole connecting for two hits each. Tech’s Darian Benanua suffered the loss falling to 2-6 on the year.
Ben Talbot was 3-for-3, including three RBI with Ian Erickson coming up with three hits and two RBI in the win. Blake Evetts, Trent Calmer and C. Lichtenthaler added two hits and two RBI apiece. Jason Snodgrass earned the win for CU moving to 5-5 on the season.
Game 2 - Concordia, leading 4-0, held off a late Owls rally to earn the sweep by a 4-3 score.
Tech’s Austin Taylor and CU’s Blake Evetts tossed gems in the game, both going 6.2 innings, but Evetts would earn the win moving to 4-2 overall.
Both teams were held scoreless through the first three innings before the Cavs got an unearned run in the fourth inning to go up 1-0. Concordia would eventually add three more runs in the seventh inning, two more unearned off Taylor, to go ahead 4-0.
Tech would cut their deficit in half, 4-2, with a pair of runs in their half of the seventh.
Heading to the bottom of the ninth inning, Morris would connect on a two out homerun deep down the right field line to make it a one-run game, however, the Owls never got closer falling by the 4-3 final.
Evetts struck out six and allowed just six hits and two runs, none earned, in 6.2 innings on the mound, while recording a pair of hits with the bat. Blake Drake and Lichtenthaler added two hits each with Drake driving in two.
Taylor fell to 3-6 after allowing eight hits and two earned runs, while striking out three in his 6.2 innings of work. Ryan Hayden was the lone Owl with two hits in the nightcap.
Oregon Tech and Concordia close out their four-game series with doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kiger Stadium. The Owls will recognize their 11 seniors between games tomorrow.