Bison complete GAC baseball sweep of Southern Nazarene

From Oklahoma Baptist Athletics

Oklahoma Baptist won twice more against Southern Nazarene on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Cox Field in Ford Park.

The green-gold won on a 70-degree day, scoring 6-3 and 16-1, taking their record to 26-20 and 18-15 in the Great American Conference.

Those wins secured OBU sixth place for next week’s conference tournament in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where they will face third-placed Harding at 7 p.m. Saturday

GAME ONE

After SNU took a 1-0 lead on a homer, the Bison quickly responded with two homers in their at-bats.

Isiah Lissade hit a solo shot before Kade Self notched a two-run bomb four batters later to give the home side a 3-1 lead. This score only lasted for a short time before the Crimson Storm ended things.

In the top of the third, Colby Entwistle was issued a two-out walk. What followed was a double run from DJ Van Atten with two runs to left center that overran the tie runs.

After this hit, both the defense and the throwers fell into a groove.

For OBU’s Brek Galbreath, he didn’t allow any other SNU batter to reach the goal position. From the fourth to the end of the game, Galbreath allowed just a single, two walks and instituted seven groundouts.

On the other bench, SNU’s Casey Minchey held the powerful OBU attack at bay. He gave up several hits but also got out of a base-loaded jam in the fifth and ended up knocking out eight.

Only on the eighth was the 3:3 draw broken. During this framework, Trey Furrey and Cade Kissel registered back-to-back one-out singles. In the next atbat, SNU attempted to deflect a double-play ball from Jose Parga. However, a faulty throw by the second baseman sailed over first, allowing Furrey to score. Walker Keller then drove a single to the right in Lissade and Parga to take the record to 6-3. In the ninth, Galbreath (6-3) pulled the side back.

GAME TWO

Jake Hamilton continued his late-season rebound with his most dominant performance of the year. He threw six frames, gave up just one run, and fanned out a season-high 12 batters. Indeed, Hamilton (2-2) retired the first 10 batters he faced, including eight strikeouts.

That fantastic defensive play gave OBU a 4-0 lead after three innings. Highlighting those runs was a double home run by Self in the third.

The Bison then turned things up in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames as they each scored four runs.

Fourth inning action saw a Pruitt two-run, two-bagger on the left field line for a 7-1 record. A frame later, Pruitt roped a three into right midfield that pushed Keller and Lissade home. Then, in the sixth, Ramon Gomez and Troy Shields each notched two bombs to the right for the OBU’s final record, 16-1.

Tyler Frank then closed the game in the seventh. In his first appearance since February 28 against Ouachita, a game in which he injured himself, he finished the SNU team with three groundouts.

Oklahoma Baptist 20, Southern Nazarene 6 (Friday)

Pruitt was 5-for-5 with three homers and seven RBI as Oklahoma Baptist beat Southern Nazarene.

Pruitt’s incredible night set a lot of notable standards. His five hits and three home runs each equaled OBU’s D2 single-game records in those categories.

The 6-foot-5 first baseman also hit his home run on 22. Pruitt and teammate Alex Schroeder, who has 21 bombs this spring, represent the first duo in GAC history to hit more than 20 home runs in a season with the same team scored.

That night’s competition was pretty much all green and gold as they held a 16-1 lead after just two frames.

In the first, Pruitt hit a two-run homer that notched Keller before Kissel’s sacrificial fly sent Schroeder home. Then, an inning later, the bison unleashed fury on the visitors.

OBU hit 12 runs with 10 hits in the second while boxing 17 batters. The highlight of that inning was a three-run homer by Furrey, a shot that hit the left-center field scoreboard. Also, Pruitt counted another double bomb while Lissade and Schroeder each had solo shots.

It went without saying, but the Bison Defense didn’t have to worry too much. On the mound, Bo Dallas (6-4) threw six frames, batted six and induced seven fly-ball outs.

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