Oregon Tech Settles for Split with Willamette
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Ryan Hayden came up with a bases loaded walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th innings as Oregon Tech notched a 6-5 win over Willamette University in non-conference baseball action in game 1 at Kiger Stadium. Game 2 went to Willamette after the Bearcats pushed across six runs in the top of the ninth to secure a 13-8 win in the nightcap.
Owl shortstop Tyson Dahl finished the day with four hits and two RBI. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
Oregon Tech (12-21) plays a single nine inning non-conference game versus La Sierra in Atherton, Calif. on Thursday before resuming NAIA West play against Menlo College on Friday and Saturday.
Oregon Tech struck first when Aaron Bocchi drove in Kevin Shulemson, who earlier doubled, to give the Owls a 1-0 lead.
Tosh Semlacher put WU on the board with a three-run homerun to give the visitors a 3-1 lead. Semlacher drove in RBI 4 with a single in the sixth inning to put the Bearcats up 4-1.
The Owls regained a lead with four runs in their half of the sixth inning, starting off with a two-out two-run double from Tyson Dahl. The Owls added their next run on a wild pitch and took a 5-4 advantage after a Shulemson double.
For WU, Hunter Gallant singled to drive in Rolenn Himuro to tie the game. That would be the final score for Willamette or the Owls until the 11th inning.
For Tech in the final extra inning frame, Dahl started it off with a single followed by a Shulemson sacrifice bunt. Rogers was intentionally walked and Bocchi singled to load the bases. Hayden once again provided the heroics, as he did Sunday, this time bouncing the first pitch he saw over the head of the third baseman to lead the Owls to a win in game 1 by a 6-5 score.
Game 2 – Oregon Tech jumped out 5-0 thanks to a one-run double from Alex Reynolds in the opening inning while Ben Krueger drove in three runs on his double in the second inning and Marty Shanks singled in Hayden in the third.
Cruising through three innings, Owl starter Dustin Schnieder found some control problems in the fourth inning as the Bearcats clawed back in. WU tacked on their first run on a wild pitch, while three-straight walks loaded the bases, and Tech’s Eric Christiansen next took the mound. The second pitch to Tyson Giza was lifted over the right field wall for a grand slam, his first homerun of the season, as the game was knotted 5-5.
WU moved up 7-5 with a pair of unearned runs in the fifth, while the Owls came back to tie the game with two runs of their own in the sixth. Reynolds singled in Spencer Reed, who earlier singled, with Dylan Rogers scoring pinch runner Jared Nelson on a long fly ball to center.
The teams went scoreless over the next two innings before the Bearcats secured the game 2 win with a six-run ninth inning. The Owls plated a single run in their half for the final 13-8 margin.
Aaron Bocchi and Tyson Dahl ended the day with four hits each with Dahl adding two RBI and Bocchi one. Alex Reynolds finished 4-of-6 in game 2 to go with two RBI. Ryan Hayden and Ben Krueger came up with three hits in the doubleheader, with Krueger driving in three runs and Hayden the game-winner in the opener. Kevin Shulemson, in game 1, was 2-for-4 and drove in one run while Marty Shanks was 2-for-5 in the nightcap with a RBI.
Raf Belloc tossed the final three innings of the opening game to pick up the win (1-0), striking out three and holding the Bearcats to no hits. Justin Dibble went the first six innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs to go with three strikeouts.
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