Sunday, February 26, 2012

BG baseball swept by Oklahoma State

For the second straight weekend, the BG baseball team went winless, dropping all three games in a series against Oklahoma State.

The Falcons dropped game one of the series, due to a superb effort on the mound by Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Heaney.

The left-hander went 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run on seven hits and two walks, recording 12 strikeouts.

While the Falcons were only able to manage two runs in the game, they did put 13 runners on base behind 10 hits and three walks.

Logan Walker was moved up to the leadoff spot in the lineup and responded by going 2-for-4 with a walk. Andrew Kubuski added two hits, while Brandon Howard and Alex Davison each had RBI base-hits.

Cody Apthorpe started the game, but ran into trouble in the second inning. In that inning, he allowed four runs as the Cowboys batted around.

He finished the game by going four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out three.

Saturday's game did not bring as much success for BG. While the Falcons scored a season-high three runs, their pitching faltered in a 13-3 loss.

Patrick Martin started the game and had similar results as Apthorpe, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk in four innings.
Trevor Blaylock relieved him and allowed seven runs — six earned — on six hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings.

Walker saw an end to his three-game hitting streak, going 0-for-4, but he had a walk and scored a run.

T.J. Losby had the only multi-hit game for the Falcons, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Drew Kuns had the other RBI for BG, going 1-for-3 and adding a run.

For the second straight game, the Cowboys received a strong effort on the mound, but this time it was from a reliever. Chase
Stevens pitched five innings in relief of Kyle Ottoson, allowing no hits and two walks, striking out 13 of the 16 batters he faced.

While Sunday's game started off well for BG, it did not finish as such in a 6-2 loss.

Ethan McKenney started the game for BG and was strong early. He allowed only one hit through five innings, but fell apart in the sixth inning. In the inning, he gave up three hits, a walk and four runs.

He finished the game going 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits and a walk, striking out three.

Losby had another strong game for BG, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base.

Davison and Patrick Lancaster also had multi-hit games, each going 2-for-4, with Davison scoring a run.

The Falcons will be back in action March 3, as the team begins an eight-game in seven day stretch at the RussMatt Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla.

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