OKLAHOMA CITY — The No. 6-ranked Rogers State baseball team avenged a loss to Mid-America Christian suffered Thursday in a big way Saturday afternoon. The Hillcats compiled 24 runs over two games sweeping the doubleheader at James Curtis Field and claiming the regular season series.
RSU tallied a 7-1 victory in the opening game of the twin bill but lit up the scoreboard in the nightcap with a 17-1 win. Coach Ron Bradley’s squad totaled 28 hits on the afternoon.
In game one back-to-back singles by Colton Campbell and Tyler Wheeler led off the top of the second inning as RSU led 1-0.
Eric Baker singled to start the third inning and advanced a base on a Hector Rivera sacrifice bunt. A RBI double by Jose Olazagasti scored Baker as the lead grew to 2-0.
Cody Campbell doubled to left-center, one of four Hillcat doubles in the game, as he led off the top of the fourth. A single by Emmanuel De La Cruz moved Campbell to third and brought Hamilton Hernandez off the bench to pinch run at third and Alex Cochran at first. With runners on the corners, Keith Poverud laid down a bunt to reach first and score Hernandez from third. Baker singled to left scoring Cochran moving the score to 4-0 in favor of the Hillcats.
Back-to-back walks in the top of the fifth put Olazagasti and Colton Campbell on base. A sac-bunt by Wheeler moved both runners up a base before Cody Campbell reached base on balls to load the bases.
MACU went to the bullpen but Blake Heston reached on a fielder’s choice to score Olazagasti and moving Colton Campbell to third. Campbell stole home before Heston was caught stealing as the lead swell to 6-0 after five innings.
RSU added another run in the visitor’s half of the sixth as De La Cruz led off with a double. Cochran courtesy ran for the Hillcat catcher and plated a run on a RBI double by Poverud as the Cats held the 7-0 lead.