No. 11 LCU baseball falls to No. 6 Oklahoma Baptist

LUBBOCK, Texas (April 22, 2011) – No.6 Oklahoma Baptist University scored 15 consecutive runs and received a complete game from Richie Mirowski in defeating No.11 Lubbock Christian University 15-5 to end LCU's 10-game win streak Friday afternoon at Hays Field.

The Chaps struck first with a four-run first inning, as Mirowski faced his only conflict of the game. He placed three of the first four batters on base with a pair of walks and hitting a batter to load the bases, and then allowed a run to score by walking Mike Marshall. Austin Stewart produced a two-run single to right field and David Cruz closed the first inning scoring with a single to left field to make the score 4-0.

After the first inning, Mirowski shut the Chaps down. He allowed seven hits over the next seven innings and a double by Ryan Burnaman stood as the only extra-base hit in that span. Nate Peterson produced a lead-off solo home run in the ninth inning for the Chaps only run past the first inning.

Peterson's homer ended the Bison span of 15 consecutive runs scored. OBU's scoring surge began in the second inning with Michael Sliger hitting a three-run home run to cut the LCU lead to 4-3. They took the lead in the third inning with Terrance Buchanan scoring from third base on a wild pitch from Chaps starting pitcher Tyler Curtis and Daniel Baptist following with a two-run home run for a 6-4 lead. The Bison pulled away in the fifth inning with four consecutive hits (three for doubles) and a pair of sacrifice flies for a five-run inning. Anthony Lopez hit a double to the right field fence in the eighth inning to score a run and Bam Davis followed with an RBI-single for a 13-4 OBU lead. Sliger hit his second home run of the game in the ninth inning for a two-run shot.

Baptista went 4-for-4 with three RBI, and came a triple shy of the cycle. Sliger went 3-for-5 with five RBI. Richard Bohlken had the only multi-hit game for the Chaps, going 3-for-5 from the plate. Mirowski improved to 9-1 on the season, as he threw 158 pitches. He pitched his fifth complete game of the season and allowed 11 hits leading to five runs and struck out eight batters. LCU went with six pitchers with Curtis pitching the most with three innings in the books. He suffered the loss allowing six runs off four hits. His record fell to 6-2.

The Chaps won the series, taking two of the three games, but Oklahoma Baptist moves ahead of the Chaps and into sole possession of second place in the Sooner Athletic Conference standings with Friday's win. LCU is 18-8 in conference play (38-10 overall) and OBU improved to 19-7 in the SAC (35-11 overall).

Both teams have four conference games remaining. LCU returns to action Monday in Plainview, Texas with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch against Wayland Baptist University to close a Sooner Athletic Conference series.

Source: LCU