Baseball Blazers Off to Solid Start
The Ohio Christian Trailblazer Baseball Squad completed a season opening swing to the south by going 3-1 against regional foes Freewill and Johnson Bible, before losing a doubleheader to NCAA Division 2 North Greenville University.
The Blazers started out with a potent offense, garnering 24 hits in two games at Freewill Baptist, winning 10-3 and 20-5 in Nashville on Saturday. OCU split a doubleheader with Johnson on Monday, losing 10-1, before winning an exciting 2-1 pitchers duel behind the arms of Steven Vogelgesang and Michael Blevins.
Playing their 5th and 6th games in four days the Blazers ran into a North Greenville University squad that had already played 20 games. OCU held their own and played well defensively but tired arms gave out in losing 10-0 and 12-2.
Offensively, OCU was led by Michael Blevins with 8 hits and 8 rbi's on the trip including a home run over the fence at Freewill. The Trailblazers also got plenty of hitting from Kelton Sines and Max Ray who each had 7 hits during the trip. Ray leads the team hitting at 461
Matt Bumpus also had a solid trip hitting the ball and leads the team in runs scored.
Steven Vogelgesang was outstanding on the mound winning two games while not allowing an earned run in 10 innings of work. "Vog" struck out 13 batters in the ten innings. Blevins gained his first collegiate win working 5 innings at Freewill and then got his first save with two innings of relief against Johnson Bible.
New head coach Greg Bigam saw improvement through the 6 games. "We played better defensively as the week went on and even though it seems crazy with the scores we really played well against North Greenville. NGU's coach had high praise for our hitting against their top pitcher and also our defense," stated Bigam. "We just ran out of arms." "It is early, but if we don't walk as many batters and keep getting better defensively, I think we can be pretty successful this year," said Bigam. We had a pretty good trip but this baseball team still needs to improve on the little things in the game if they really want to meet their goals!