PORTSMOUTH, OH - The Ohio Christian men's baseball team travelled to Shawnee State on Wednesday night, having never beaten the NAIA tea,. That would all change as OCU enjoyed a historical night on the diamond. After losing the opener in Portsmouth by a score of 15-2, the OCU Baseball squad came back with one of their biggest wins of the year in knocking off NAIA Shawnee State with a 9-6 victory.
OCU Coach Brian Bigam was happy with the win. "We hit as well as we have all year. We also pitched well in game 2 with only 3 walks. In the opener, we gave Shawnee 5 outs in the first inning and wound up walking 9 hitters in the game. The result was giving up 15 runs," stated Bigam.
The nightcap saw OCU jump out with 3 runs in the second on doubles by Kelton Sines and Brian Keaton and singles by Alan Shannon and Ronnie Goodwin. OCU added a run in the fifth and led 4-1 behind righty Logan Creech. Shawnee rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the inning, knocking out Creech. Shannon's double and a single by Steven Funk put the Blazers back on top in the sixth, only to see Shawnee State again score twice to lead 6-5 headed to the final inning.
The Blazers battled back again when Avery Sneed smacked a one out single and Max Ray was hit by a pitch. Sines cracked a double to tie the game, and Shannon, Keaton, and pinch hitter Trevor Whitesed all singled to give OCU a 9-6. Reliever Tyler Jones gave up a hit but closed the door in the bottom of the seventh for his first collegiate win.
Shannon, a freshman making his first start since February because of a concussion, had three big hits as did shortstop Brian Keaton. Sines had a pair of doubles in the nightcap. Keaton also had 2 hits in game one for 5 on the evening. Bryan Keaton Jr. Also had 2 hits in the first game.
"Beating a solid scholarship program like Shawnee State is a big step for us," commented Bigam. "Hopefully we can carry this hitting over, and keep improving on defense as well."
OCU travels to plau OU Lancaster Thursday, before being off over easter weekend.