Steinhauer help Point Loma defeat Oklahoma City 8-3
Sea Lions remain one of two undefeated teams and are guaranteed at
least fourth place at Series
LEWISTON, Idaho – Tyler Kuehl
went 3-for-4 with three RBI and center fielder Kurt Steinhauer made
a couple of late-inning highlight catches to help No. 3 seed Point
Loma Nazarene (Calif.) defeat No. 2 seed Oklahoma City 8-3 in the
winner’s bracket at the 53rd annual Avista NAIA World
Series at Harris Field on Monday.
Kuehl hit a two-run home run in
the second inning to give Point Loma a 3-0 lead and then added an
RBI double in the fifth to keep the Sea Lions (43-11) undefeated in
the 10-team double-elimination tourney.
Oklahoma City (52-9) made things
interesting in the late innings when it loaded the bases with two
outs in the eighth. Landon Camp then launched a high fly ball to
center field that appeared to be a grand slam, but Steinhauer made a
leaping catch against the wall for the final out.
Steinhauer added a diving catch
in the ninth inning as the Sea Lions hung on for the win.
The Sea Lions got rolling early
when Mike Miles hit the sixth pitch of the game for a solo home run,
his second of the season.
After Kuehl’s sixth homer of the
season made it 3-0, OCU tied the game with a run in the fourth and
two in the fifth. Jason Machado had an RBI single in the fourth,
while Brent Weaver’s RBI single and an error made it a 3-3 ballgame
in the fifth, OCU left the bases loaded in the fourth and two on in
Point Loma took the lead in the
top of the sixth with three runs. Wes Kartch, who had three hits and
scored three times, put the Sea Lions ahead with an RBI double and
scored on a double by Kuehl. The final run came in on a throwing
Point Loma’s final two runs came
in the eighth when pinch-hitter Ian McMasters hit a solo home run,
his second of the season, and Tim Winslow added an RBI single.
Sea Lion starting pitcher Chris
Honer (6-0) went eight innings and allowed seven hits and three
runs, only one of which was earned. He struck out six and walked
Garrett Parker (8-1) went 7.1
innings for the Stars and allowed nine hits and seven runs, six of
which were earned. He struck out five and walked one.
Because the bracket would have
had Berry and Southern Poly playing for the second time in the
tournament, Tuesday’s pairings were adjusted. Oklahoma City now
meets Southern Poly in loser-out play at 3 p.m., while Point Loma
and Lubbock Christian square off at 7 p.m.