Baseball - Thu, Apr. 1, 2010
Sean Iago tripled and scored on a single by Billy Jarka to give Oklahoma
Baptist a 5-4, walk-off win and a split of a doubleheader with
seventh-ranked Lubbock Christian Thursday at Bison Field at Ford Park.
LCU won the opener 10-3.
After LCU had broken on top 1-0 in the first, OBU struck for three runs in the bottom of the inning. Justin Trejo and Arin Fowble had back-to-back one-out doubles to tie the game, with LCU starter Tyler Rogers injuring himself on a pitch to Fowble.
With two outs, Anthony Lopez produced an RBI double and scored on a single by Victor Manzano.
LCU made it 3-2 in the third on a Joe Staley home run and took a 4-3 lead in the fifth on a two-run shot by Ross Blondin.
Manzano tied the game for OBU in the sixth, launching a home run into the darkness beyond left field.
Jesse Orozco fanned two and got a ground out in the top of the seventh to set the stage for the Bison.
Iago led off with a triple of Hunter Scott and with the outfield in, Jarka launched a shot to deep center to end the game.
Both teams had runners thrown out at home by the opposing left fielder with good plays by the catcher.
In the bottom of the third, OBU courtesy runner Jake Kiebke was blocked off the plate by LCU's Dan Neumann, fielding the throw by Austin Stewart.
In the top of the fourth, Manzano decoyed LCU's Richard Bohlken into thinking no throw was coming to the plate, but Manzano made a quick move to catch the throw from left fielder Reece Alnas and slap a tag on Bohlken, who didn't slide.
The Bison had 11 hits in the game, including three by Manzano and two each by Alnas and Trejo.
The first game got away from the Bison in the third inning when LCU posted seven runs.
Down 1-0 after a leadoff home run by LCU's Rafael Thomas, OBU took a 2-1 lead in the second on an RBI single by Iago and a run-scoring error.
But the Chaps got seven in the third, including a grand slam by Doug Kroll and a two-run homer by J.J. Muse.
OBU added a run in the fourth on an RBI double by Jarka. LCU tacked on two in the top of the seventh.
With the split, OBU is 28-8 on the season and 7-7 in the SAC. The Bison and Chaps are scheduled to play at 1 p.m. in the series finale Friday.