Tuesday, July 29, 2014

OU Braves baseball swept twice by Threshers

By The Herald Staff | 3/24/2014

The Ottawa University baseball team did not have much success against nationally-ranked Tabor College in two doubleheaders.

Ottawa lost 7-1 and 9-0 Saturday in Hillsboro. The Braves fell 9-2 and 16-8 Thursday in Ottawa.

The Ottawa University baseball team did not have much success against nationally-ranked Tabor College in two doubleheaders.

Ottawa lost 7-1 and 9-0 Saturday in Hillsboro. The Braves fell 9-2 and 16-8 Thursday in Ottawa.

In Saturday’s opener, AJ Clayton, Alejandro Villegas, Zach Gerch and Kolby O’Dowd each had a hit for the Braves.

Sebastian Wittliff pitched six innings in the loss. He had four strikeouts.

In the nightcap, Cole Horn paced the Braves with two hits. Dane Raber and Clayton had the other two hits for the Braves.

The Braves jumped on top early in Thursday’s home doubleheader. Aaron Marshall smashed a home run to center to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead.

Ottawa pushed a run home in the second inning for a 2-0 lead. Nick Deichler’s RBI single to left scored Marshall.

Tabor then scored nine unanswered runs for the victory.  

Villegas, Marshall and Deichler had a hit each for the Braves.

Jacob Loucks pitched five innings. He had five strikeouts.

Tabor jumped on top 4-0 in the first inning of the nightcap.

Marshall nailed a three-run home run in the first inning to make it 4-3.

The Bluejays increased their lead to 6-3 with two runs in the top of the third inning.

The Braves tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. Gerch’s RBI single to center scored Ostergard and Marshall, getting Ottawa to within 6-5.

Ottawa then tied the game at 6-6 on Dane Raber’s two-out double.

Tabor responded with four in the fourth and five in the fifth for a 15-6 lead.

Marshall hit his third home run of the day and second of the game.

Deichler then doubled to left and scored on an RBI single by Gerch to cut the deficit to seven, 15-8.

Each team would add a run in the late innings.

Gerch and Marshall had three hits and four RBIs apiece. Ostergard went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Cole Newell pitched 3 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. Bret Stratton relieved Newell in the third and Jordan Jobes pitched the seventh.

The Braves play 1 p.m. Friday at McPherson.

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