Owls Blow Lead, fall 9-8 to La Sierra
ATHERTON, Calif. – Oregon Tech cruised through the first seven innings versus La Sierra University this afternoon in a non-conference nine inning baseball game, but a late-game rally by the visitors proved costly for the Owls at Tech fell 9-8 to the Golden Eagles.
Oregon Tech falls to 12-22 overall and resumes NAIA West paly versus Menlo College with a doubleheader Friday and Saturday in Atherton. La Sierra won just their second game moving to 2-22 on the year.
Aaron Bocchi finished with two hits and three RBI with Dylan Rogers adding two hits, and his first homerun of the season. Brent Hegdahl and Tyson Dahl tallied two hits each with Hegdahl and Alex Reynolds driving in a run apiece.
Tech starter Devin Muir allowed just two runs on seven hits in seven innings, as Kendyll Garvin failed to record an out in the eighth, allowing La Sierra seven earned runs in the inning. PJ Vanemmerik tossed the final two innings allowing two hits and no runs.
Oregon Tech cruised out to a 6-1 lead, thanks to a five-run second inning. Tech allowed one run to La Sierra in both the first and fourth innings, but got that back with a single run of their own in the bottom of the seventh to lead 7-2.
Tech tacked on its first run of the game on a RBI double by Bocchi to drive in Jared Nelson who led off the game with a single making it 1-1.
In Tech’s second at-bat Spencer Reed led off with a double while Hegdahl followed up with a RBI single. A Balk pushed across the second run, while Kevin Shulemson doubled to make it 4-1. Bocchi singled to score Nelson and Shulemson as the Owls took a 6-1 advantage.
La Sierra trailed 6-2 with a single run in the fourth inning, but the Owls got that back in the seventh when Alex Reynolds grounded out to score Shulemson who earlier reached on a hit by pitch.
The La Sierra comeback began in the top of the eighth inning when Tech’s Garvin gave up three-straight singles followed by two-straight walks making in 7-4. A single preceded a bases clearing triple as the Eagles pushed out to an 8-7 lead. Vanemmerik came in to record Tech’s first out and next gave up a single before getting back-to-back fly outs to end the inning as Tech trailed 9-7.
Tech’s Dylan Rogers hit his first homerun of the season with two outs in the ninth, but that would be it as Tech fell by the 9-8 score.
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