extra-inning blast helps Oklahoma City defeat Southern Poly
Stars remain alive in title hunt with 8-4 triumph in 10 innings
LEWISTON, Idaho –
Sophomore shortstop Kirk Walker smacked a three-run home run in the
top of the 10th inning to highlight a four-run rally to
help second seed Oklahoma City University defeat No. 5 seed Southern
Polytechnic State 8-4 in a loser-out contest at the 53rd
annual Avista NAIA World Series on Tuesday.
helped the Stars (53-8) overcome a rollercoaster ballgame where it
took leads of 3-0 and 4-2, only to have Southern Poly (53-10) rally
to tie the game. OCU also lost starting center-fielder Sammy Lee for
the remainder of the tournament with a broken leg after he had a
violent collision with right-fielder Jason Machado on a fly ball in
the seventh inning. The game was delayed 11 minutes while Lee was
carted off the field on a stretcher and he was taken by ambulance to
a local hospital.
The Stars, who are
seeking their second title in the last five years, will take on
Lubbock Christian on Wednesday at a time to be determined. Lubbock
Christian played Point Loma Nazarene in Tuesday’s late game and if
Lubbock Christian wins, Wednesday’s game will be at 7 p.m.
Otherwise, it will be at 3 p.m.
OCU seemed ready to
roll in this ballgame after picking up two hits and taking advantage
of two errors in the first inning for a 2-0 lead. Machado and
Brandon Moss both had RBI singles in the inning.
The Stars made it
3-0 in the third when Machado drew a two-out walked and scored on a
double by Moss down the right-field line.
answered with two runs in the bottom of the third on Daniel Hester’s
two-run home run, his 12th of the season.
OCU made it 4-2 in
the fourth on an RBI single by Steve Vitale.
fought back with a run in the sixth on an RBY ground out by Corey
Jones and then tied the game in the seventh on Josh Grooms’ RBI
mounted much of a threat until the 10th when Moss doubled
to center field to open the inning, but then was thrown out at third
on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Landon Camp. David Mann followed with
a single to put runners on first and second with one out to bring up
the team’s No. 9 hitter in the lineup, Walker. On the first pitch he
saw, Walker hit his eighth home run of the season. Machado added an
RBI single to make it 8-4.
Moss, Walker and
Machado combined to go 9-of-14 with seven RBI. Moss was 4-for-6 with
two RBI, Walker was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored,
while Machado was 2-for-4. Jono Waugh was the only Hornet with more
than one hit as he finished with two.