OCU Baseball Holds on for Another Day
MASON, Ohio - With a team that was able to produce 18 hits in game one of Thursday's doubleheader action, it seems like it would end in victory. For the Blazers, it ended in a tough loss, but game two would end much different.
Game One - #7 Dallas Christian College
In an exciting game, the score bounced back and forth from inning to inning with the final score being 8-9 in favor of Dallas Christian.
In the top of the fifth inning, Kelton Sines started things off right with a big double into left field. This was the beginning of a rally for the Trailblazers, in which they would score five runs, putting them up 8-4. Dallas Christian would not give up, coming back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth.
After a few walks, and some key hits, Dallas Christian would tie the game at 8-8, sending the game into extra innings. The game would end in the eighth inning to give the Blazers their first loss in the double elimination tournament.
The Trailblazers ripped 18 hits in the eight inning game. Leading the team with three hits each were Stefan Vasiloff, Kelton Sines, and Adam Peters. Following them with two hits a piece were Michael Blevins, Ryan Black, and Christian Lee. Adam Peters and Ryan Black both had two RBI's.
Ryan Black took the mound to start the Trailblazers off, pitching six innings with four strikeouts. Relieving Black, to close out the game, was Michael Blevins, who was charged with the loss.
Game Two - #4 Manhattan Christian College
The Trailblazers would come out with a new strategy in game two. That strategy consisted of winning, or else it would be elimination.
Ohio Christian jumped out early in the game against Manhattan and would never look back from there. Getting some quality hits in the game were Stefan Vasiloff, Adam Peters, and Max Ray, all producing one RBI each. Ryan Black led the team with two hits.
Taking the hill for the Blazers was Logan Creech. Creech came in with a lot of pressure on him of not losing this game. Creech was able to keep Manhattan to only one run in 6 2/3 innings, allowing four hits. Ryan Black would then come in for the final out of the game, getting the save and keeping the Blazers in the tournament.