Claremore Daily Progress

March 31, 2013

SAC BASEBALL: No. 6 Hillcats steal series from MACU


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.

In the bottom of the seventh, RSU went to the bullpen calling upon T.J. Law. The right handed pitcher allowed one run to the Evangels as RSU claimed the 7-1 victory.

Brandon Bargas (6-2) pitched six innings fanning nine Evangel batters as the Owasso, Okla. native earned the victory in the start. Law threw one inning of relief facing four batters as he allowed one run.

Brett Lamb received the loss for MACU giving up six runs, all earned, on 10 hits. Hunter Boelte pitched 2.2 innings of relief allowing three hits and one earned run.


In the nightcap the Hillcats scored runs in all but the second inning of action, the same inning that RSU allowed MACU’s lone run of game two.

RSU totaled four runs in the top of the first coming on a RBI triple by Hector Rivera to score Baker. Rivera tallied a run on the next at-bat as Olazagasti singled to center pushing the Hillcats in the lead 2-0.

The Diamond Cats weren’t finished as Cody Campbell grounded out to score Olazagasti and forcing the Evangels to make a call to the bullpen. Consecutive wild pitches led to Tyler Wheeler reaching home before the MACU relief pitcher could retire the side with RSU up 4-0 after the first half inning of play.

A Hillcat error by the second basemen plated the Evangels only run in the bottom of the second inning trimming the RSU lead to just 4-1.

Cody Campbell was hit by pitch to start the third inning and Blake Heston reached on a walk. A RBI ground out by McKenzie Mathews scored Campbell. Heston and Eric Baker scored on a Hector Rivera RBI single to give RSU the 7-1 advantage.

RSU tallied one run each in the fourth and fifth inning before scoring two runs in the top of the sixth including a solo homerun by Ramcy Lora. Alex Cochran singled and scored on a single by De La Cruz as RSU led 11-1 in the top of the sixth.

RSU plated six runs in the top of the seventh inning and allowed one MACU hit in the bottom half of the inning on the way to the 17-1 victory.

Jesse Baird (2-0) earned the victory in his first start of the year for RSU. Baird pitched four complete innings of work allowing one unearned run, one hit as he fanned seven batters. Jesus Del Rosario, Mason Marquette and Zach Tyson pitched one inning of relief each as the trio fanned three batters combined.

Tim Ulloa received the loss for the Evangels after giving four earned runs as couldn’t get out of the top of the first inning.

Emmanuel De La Cruz went 4-for-4 on Saturday with two RBI and one double. Jose Olazagasti batted 4-for-8 with one double and three RBI for the Hillcats.

Rogers State (24-8, 9-3) will face Oklahoma Wesleyan at 6 p.m. on April 2 at the Diamond Sports Complex in Claremore, Okla.