Claremore Daily Progress

March 16, 2010

Diamond Cats drop series to No. 14 Wayland Baptist

Ryan Bradley
RSU Sport Media

PLAINVIEW, TX — Rogers State’s fast start to the 2010 baseball season hit a speed bump over the weekend as the Hillcats were swept in a three-game series by No. 14 Wayland Baptist in Plainview, Texas.

            RSU lost both ends of Friday’s doubleheader by scores of 9-6 and 10-2. The Diamond Cats built a 10-1 lead in the series finale Saturday afternoon before the Pioneers mounted an incredible comeback. WBU tied the game with seven runs in the eighth inning and eventually pulled off a 12-11 victory in extra innings.

GAME ONE

            The Pioneers got the bats going early with nine runs on 13 hits in the series opener. WBU jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first four innings and held off a late comeback attempt by the Cats.

            RSU cut the deficit to three with two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh. The Hillcats loaded the bases to bring the go-ahead run to the plate in the seventh. However, Kevin Hennessey was able to record the final out and notch his first save.

            Grant Cosby (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season. The senior right-hander allowed nine runs on 13 hits in six innings of work. Marcus Limon earned the win for WBU.

GAME TWO

            WBU scored three runs in the first inning of Friday’s nightcap and never looked back. The Pioneers reached RSU starter Tyler Garner for 10 runs, five earned, on 15 hits through 5.2 innings of work. Garner (5-1) lost for the first time this season and was replaced by Josh Phillippi in the bottom of the sixth.

            Todd Weldon turned in a dominant performance for the Pioneers, allowing just two runs on six hits in a complete-game victory. Brian Embery belted a two-run homer for WBU. Brandt Barnes tallied two of the Cats’ six hits in the contest.

GAME THREE

            The Hillcats were poised to steal the final game of the series before a late-inning meltdown. RSU claimed a 10-1 advantage on a three-run homer by Zach Hamby in the top of the fifth inning.

            The Pioneers chipped into the lead with solo homers in the sixth and seventh frames and tied the score with seven runs in the bottom of the eighth.  RSU relievers Josh Phillippi and Jordan Clark struggled to close the door in the late innings as they combined to yield nine runs over the final three frames.

            Luis Caraballo renewed hope for RSU with an RBI triple in the top of the tenth inning. However, WBU quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the tenth. Clark (0-1) hit Josh Lucas to force home the tying run and then walked Jose Santiago to score the winning run.

            Jacob Wenaas took a no decision for the Cats after pitching well through the first five innings. The sophomore southpaw gave up just one run on seven hits with two strikeouts. Hennessey earned the win in relief for the Pioneers.

            Caraballo posted four hits for RSU while Colton West added three. Pedro Gomez went deep twice for WBU.

            Rogers State (14-5, 5-4) will look to get back on track this week as they open up a five-game home-stand on Tuesday. The Diamond Cats will host York College and Bacone College in a pair of nine-inning games Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at the Hillcat Complex in Claremore.