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Sunday, 03 March 2013 22:43

Baseball Earns First Win of 2013

Charles Coleman hit a two-run home run on Sunday Charles Coleman hit a two-run home run on Sunday

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Baker University baseball team picked up its first win of the 2013 season over the weekend after going 1-3 on its trip to Oklahoma City.

Baker went 1-1 on Friday with a 5-1 loss at No. 4 Oklahoma City and then followed that up with a 6-5 win over University of St. Mary.

On Sunday afternoon, the Wildcats again took on Oklahoma City and fell to the Stars, 17-13, and then their bats came alive in a 14-13 thrilling loss to St. Mary.

Baker is 1-7 on the year and will next take on Tabor College on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in Crete, Neb.

In game one, Baker had one run on six hits and leadoff man Brett Lechien led the way with his 2-for-4 day and Ethan Jacks also had two hits going, 2-for-2.

The Stars had five hits on five runs. What doomed the Wildcats were its four errors in game one. Oklahoma City scored three of its runs in the bottom of the third inning off of Jimmy Gricol, who went five innings strong and gave up just two earned runs.

In that third inning Walker Davidson led off with a double down the left field line and Chris Munoz then reached on an error by Gricol. Kale Gaden then knocked in Davidson and then Chase Jensen hit a sacrifice fly that scored Munoz. Forrest Smith later singled to left field that scored Jonathan Rodriguez.

In game two, the Wildcats scored its six runs on nine hits and came into the bottom of the seventh inning tied up at 5-5.

Baker scored its winning run when left fielder Neal Boyce singled in pinch runner Charles Coleman for the walk off.

Caleb Lee earned the win for Baker after his seven inning complete game outing, he allowed just four earned runs and struck out three batters.

In game three, Oklahoma City's bats came to play early, as the Stars scored five runs in the first inning off of Baker's Thomas Hawkins. He lasted just one inning and gave up four hits and six runs but only one of them was earned. Baker had two errors in the first inning, which led to those runs.

In the series finale, Baker trailed by five runs, 5-0, in the top of the third inning, but the Wildcats didn't back down and scored a season high nine runs in that inning to take the 9-5 lead.
One of the big hits of the inning was a Coleman two-run home run that went over the left center field wall that scored Ethan Jacks.

Baker had 17 hits in the game, Bryan Kindle went 4-for-5 with 2 RBI's and Lechien, Josh Zach, Justin Lane, Jacks and Coleman each had two hits.

University of St. Mary entered the top of the seventh inning with a 14-12 lead over the Wildcats and Baker made it interesting scoring a run in the seventh on a Kindle RBI single that scored Lechien.

Lane then came up with one out and hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game.



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