WARNER — Sequoyah grad Eric Kirkpatrick’s two-run home run, his eighth of the year, got the Cowboys the lead in the fifth in game one and propeled them to a win and on to a sweep of Arkansas Baptist to claim the OCAC crown at Biff Thompson Field on Saturday.
Josh Hammill (8-2) gave up four hits and struck out six, with his only run an unearned run. Yariel Gonzalez had three hits and Kirkpatrick two hits.
Connor Garcia (3-1) got the shutout on a run-rule affair in the nightcap. Kirkpatrick, Tyler Fourkiller and Jake Borrego each had two hits.
Connors (44-11) awaits the release of the Region II brackets on Monday. The tournament begins on Thursday.
NSU 11, C. Missouri 10
WARRENSBURG. Mo. — Eighth-seeded Northeastern State (26-26) got three runs in the first, second and fifth inning as they pulled off an upset sweep of top seeded Central Missouri. NSU got only 12 hits, but five of them went for extra bases as they won two straight over the Mules.
At the plate Bryce Davenport was 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Cody Robinson went 3-for-5 with a home run and also drove in three runs. Cody Begovich was 2-for-5 and scored three runs in the ballgame. For UCM Jake Alexander was 4-for-6 with two runs scored and two runs driven in.
On the mound Ryan Helsley recorded the win, working six innings and allowing just four earned runs while Cayle Shambaugh came on to get the save.
Oklahoma 13, Baylor 8
NORMAN — A two-run, game-tying single through the right side by junior catcher Mac James and a go-ahead two-run double by Owasso native Austin O’Brien highlighted an eight-run fourth inning. The Sooners snap[ped a seven-game losing streak and improved to 26-22 and 6-11 in the Big 12. The Bears fell to 21-27 and 6-13.
Sheldon Neuse and Anthony Hermelyn had solo home runs later in the contest. It was Neuse’s fifth and Hermelyn’s second. Hector Lorenzana hit his first. OU had 19 hits to Baylor’s 11.
RobertTasin (4-4) pitched five innings and surrendered just the two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a pair. He threw in relief of starter Jacob Evans, who was touched for five runs on four hits in two innings.