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OBU baseball loses two on Sunday

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ARKADELPHIA -- The Ouachita Baptist Tigers baseball team dropped a pair of games on Sunday afternoon to Nebraska-Kearney, 13-7, and Arkansas Fort Smith, 5-3.

With the two losses on Sunday afternoon, the Tigers baseball team is currently riding a four-game losing streak into the second full week of the college baseball season.

Nebraska-Kearney 13, Ouachita 7

Luke Scaggs got off to a rough start in the top of the first inning as Nebraska-Kearney (2-4) batted around. The Lopers had four runs off of two hits. Scaggs settled down the next few innings to keep the Tigers (2-6) within striking distance.

Kord Offenbacker led off the inning with a four-pitch walk and later advanced to second base on a pass ball. Jakahari Howell extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI single up the middle.

Ty Owens came up next and tripled to right center field to score Howell and bring the score to 4-2. Two batters later Preston Speers hit an RBI single up the middle for the Tigers third run of the inning.

The fourth run of the inning was a scored on a wild play. Tyler Riebock struck out swinging but Lopers catcher Will Olson saw the pitch bounce off his leg guard, allowing Kyle Alexander to score the tying run.

In the top half of the fifth inning, the Lopers lit up the Tigers pitching staff. Nebraska-Kearney scored eight runs, off of six hits and Ouachita's defense committed three errors in the inning.

In the bottom half of the eighth inning Riebock hit his second home run of the season. This time it was a three-run dinger to right field to make the score 12-7.

The Lopers tacked on another run in the ninth to finish the scoring for both teams.

Howell finished the game going 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Riebock ended the game going 1-for-3 with 4 RBIs.

Scaggs picks up his first loss of the season. He pitched three innings and allowed seven earned runs on eight hits.

Peyton Pocock picked up the victory with four innings of shutout baseball.

Fort Smith 5, Ouachita 3

The first three innings of the contest were relatively routine for both Ouachita and Arkansas-Fort Smith (6-0).

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the offense came alive for the Tigers as they scored three runs off five hits. Alexander and Cade McBride started out the inning with consecutive base hits to the outfield.

White laid down what was supposed to be a sacrifice bunt, but the Lions third baseman threw the ball away, allowing Alexander to score the first run of the contest. Riebock hit a 3-2 fastball into center field for an RBI single to bring the Tigers lead to 2-0. Logan Huneycott ended the scoring for the Tigers with an RBI single to right field.

Adam Bahloul went 6.2 innings, allowing one run off of two hits. Bahloul reached his pitch count limit and was pulled after giving up a one-out single.

Noah Fowler came into the game and could not find command of his pitches. The freshman gave up three runs off of two hits and committed an error.

The first batter Fowler faced singled, but then advanced all the way to third on a throwing error by the first-year pitcher. One batter later and the Lions were within a run after Brennan Dooly doubled to center.

Dooly came around to score on a sacrifice fly to right field the run tied the game at 3-3. The Lions then scored the go ahead run in non-traditional fashion. With runners at the corner and two outs in the inning, the runner at first took off for second. Fowler threw over as the runner on third bolted for home. The runner at first was eventually retired 3-4-6 but not before the go-ahead run made it across home plate.

Fort Smith tacked on an extra run in the top of the eighth inning. Jordan Lawrence pitched the final 5 innings for the Lions and shut out the Tigers in the process. Lawrence gave up one hit while striking out 10 in relief.

Delta State 3, Ouachita 2

The Ouachita Baptist baseball team fell by a single run for the second consecutive game Friday after a 3-2 loss to the No. 1 team in the country, Delta State.

The Ouachita pitching staff limited a potent Delta State offense. The Statesmen went into Friday afternoon's game averaging 10.3 runs a contest. After being shutout in their first contest by Lynn, Delta State won their next two games by a combined score of 31-15.

In the top of the third inning, Justin Nussbaum led off with a bunt single. Jason Popovich then singled through the right side to move Nussbaum over to third base. Emil Ellis grounded out to short but Nussbaum came in to score the first run of the game.

Delta State would hold a 1-0 advantage over Ouachita until the top of the fifth inning. With two outs in the inning and the bases loaded, Clay Casey stepped into the batter's box and delivered a two RBI single into left field to give the Statesmen a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Tigers looked to be in prime position to get on the scoreboard. With the bases loaded and no outs, Victor Draijer smoked a ball down the left field line. The Statesman's third basemen snagged the ball out of the air and stepped on third for a double play. Alexander struck out swinging to end the inning.

After a quick top half of the eighth inning, Austin White reached on a throwing error by the shortstop. Riebock crushed a no doubt home run over the left field fence to bring Ouachita within a run of the Statesmen.

Huneycutt doubled in the next at bat, but was stranded as the inning ended with a fly out to right field. The Tigers went down in order in the bottom half of the ninth inning.

Delta State's Hayden Davey picked up his first win of the season. Davey pitched six innings and gave up only five hits on the day, while striking out seven Tigers. Peyton White picked up his second save of the season despite giving up the 2-run home run to Ouachita.

Tyler Duck was hit with the loss for the Tigers and is now 0-2 on the season. Duck pitched six innings, giving up one earned run on five hits. Riebock recorded the only RBI of the game for the Tigers.

Northwest Missouri State 2, Ouachita 1

The Ouachita Baptist baseball team lost their home opener 2-1 on Thursday afternoon to Northwest Missouri State at Rab Rodgers Field.

The Tigers have lost back-to-back home openers. Ouachita has not won a home opener since the 2016 season when they defeated the University of Arkansas Fort Smith 6-5.

Howell stood on second base with two outs in the bottom of the third inning when Draijer stepped to the plate. Draijer hit a routine ground ball to Mondesi Gutierrez, but Gutierrez overthrew the first basemen allowing Howell to score the opening run of the game.

The Bearcats responded in the top half of the fourth inning with a run of their own to tie the game up at 1-1.

J.F. Matros got two quick outs in the top of the fifth inning and looked to be cruising before the Bearcats started a two-out rally. Gutierrez walked to keep the inning alive and then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Landon Figg then singled to left to give Northwestern a 2-1 lead.

The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning. Speers drew the two-out walk to keep the inning alive and White got plunked in the next at-bat to put runners on first and second. Riebock walked to load the bases, but Huneycutt flied out to end the inning and the threat for the Tigers.

Ouachita had another opportunity in the bottom of the seventh inning. Owens drew a one-out walk and then advanced to third after Howell singled to left field. Draijer hit a fly ball into shallow right field. Owens tagged up and raced home, but the home plate umpire called him out. Head coach Kyle Hope went out to argue the call but play stood.

The Tigers still trailed 2-1 going into the bottom half of the ninth. Riebock drew the leadoff walk to begin the inning. Huneycutt then sacrificed Riebock to second. McBride came in to pitch hit and was hit by the first pitch he saw. Owens reached on a fielder's choice to bring up Howell with two outs in the inning.

Howell drew a full count walk to load up the bases and kept the game alive. Draijer ripped a ball down the left field line but Kevin Handzlik made the catch down the foul line as he flipped over the bullpen fence and held onto the ball for the final out.

Joseph Hietpas picked up his first win of the season going 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run off of two hits. Trevor Dudar collected his first save of the season for the Bearcats.

Matros was tabbed with the loss after going six full innings, allowing just two runs off of four hits.

Ouachita will look to break their recent slump against Lyon this afternoon at Rab Rodgers field. First-pitch is set for 2 p.m.

Sports on 02/13/2018

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