ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University split a non-conference baseball doubleheader with Southeastern Oklahoma State University, winning the opener, 7-3, before dropping the nightcap, 22-10, at Walt Driggers Field.
The same two teams will square off again on Wednesday (1 p.m.) in the rubber game of the series.
In game one, the War Hawks (9-14) pounded out 11 hits and never trailed in the game. Sophomore Ben Bates (1-2) went the first 4 2/3 innings to pick up his first victory of the season. Bates gave up four hits and three earned runs.
Relievers Trevor Ragsdale and Mitch Labbie followed, keeping the Savage Storm (13-14) at bay. Labbie earned the save, McMurry’s first of the 2014 season.
McM had a trio of players – Ben Douglas, Eric Moritz and Joel Villarreal – all go 2-for-3 in the game. Each also drove in one run. Douglas and Villarreal each scored once, while Moritz crossed the plate twice.
Catcher Greg Koll slugged his second home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning, a two-run shot to left field that started the War Hawks’ scoring spree.
McM added three in the third frame, cued by back-to-back RBI doubles from Douglas and Moritz, making it 5-0. SOSU tallied three in the top of the fourth. In the McM sixth, the hosts added insurance thanks to a run-scoring single by Villarreal – driving in Moritz after his second double of the game opened the at-bat. Villareal would eventually score on a wild pitch for the 7-3 final score,
Game two was a donnybrook, as the two teams combined for 35 runs and 34 hits in the contest. The Savage Storm got the better of McM by lacing 25 of those hits, including eight extra-base (six doubles a triple and a homer).
Trevor Daggon absorbed the loss for McMurry, giving up five earned runs on six hits. McM used a total of five pitchers in the game, none of whom escaped the hot SOSU bats.
As for McMurry’s offense in game two, designated hitter Ben Douglas again had the hot stick by going 2-for-2 with a walk and four RBI.
AJ Dupre, handling chores in left field, was also 2-for-2 with a walk, and drove in two runs. Centerfielder Christian Simmons went 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored.