May 28, 2011
Contact: Amanda Dahl, NAIA
Manager of Sports Information & Media
LEWISTON, Idaho -
Third-seeded Oklahoma Baptist rallied
from a two-run deficit to beat No. 10
Tennessee Wesleyan, 8-6, at the Avista-NAIA
World Series at Harris Field Saturday.
The Bison (46-13) will continue to
battle through the losers bracket,
taking on the loser of the Concordia
(Calif.) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) game at
8:30 a.m. PDT on May 30.
Kyle Brule picked up the Bison win
from the mound to improve to 7-1. The
senior right-hander entered in the top
of the sixth and held the Bulldogs
scoreless despite giving up six hits.
Junior Chad Hardison had the starting
nod, but was relieved by Blake Gallacher
midway through the third frame after
surrendering five hits and four earned
runs. Gallacher was on the mound for
four outs before Brule entered.
The loss was charged to Noah Piard,
who came in with one out and a runner on
in the seventh inning for Corey Collins.
Piard (7-3) allowed one earned Bison run
on three hits in 1 2/3 innings. Starter
David Bergin lasted 5 1/3, allowing five
runs, four of which were earned, on
eight hits. Collins tossed one frame,
allowing a pair of earned runs on as
With the win, Oklahoma Baptist
registered its first World Series
victory since its first appearance in
the event in 1989. The Bison qualified
in 2006, but were forced out with
The Bison held a four-run lead at the
end of two innings, only to have
Tennessee Wesleyan storm back with four
runs in the top of the fourth. Bulldog
leadoff batter Stephen Branca opened the
sixth frame with a double to left. He
moved up to third on Jonny Smith's bunt
for a base hit. Smith then moved up 90
feet by stealing second to put runners
at second and third with nobody out.
Cody Gaskill's ground out to short
brought Branca in to score for a 5-4
lead. Cleanup hitter David Bergin
delivered a double to right-center,
driving in Smith for a 6-4 advantage. A
pair of ground outs closed the inning.
On a 1-1 count in the bottom half of
the same frame, Daniel Baptista stamped
a solo home run to right-center to bring
the Bison within one, 6-5. In its next
trip to the plate, Oklahoma Baptist
punched across a pair of runs courtesy
of Michael Sliger's sacrifice fly and a
Bam Davis' single to go ahead 7-6. The
Bison tacked on another run in the
eighth on Sliger's RBI single up the
Both squads pounded out 13 hits in
the contest. Five Bison had multiple
hits, led by Davis' 3-for-5, two RBI
performance. Terrence Buchanan, Sliger
and Baptista each collected two hits.
Branca finished with three hits in
six at bats and Bergin was 3-for-4 with
two runs driven in. Ryan Santos
registered a pair of hits and Gaskill
was credited with two RBI.