PLAINVIEW, Texas (April 25, 2011) – The No.11 Lubbock Christian University Chaparrals rallied for six runs in the top of the ninth inning to come back from an 8-2 deficit, only to give up a run in the bottom of the ninth, as Miguel Pagan took advantage of Chaps error with a single to score Eddie Allen, and the Wayland Baptist Pioneers dodged a Sooner Athletic Conference series sweep with a 9-8 win over the Chaps Monday night at Wilder Field.
The Chaps got on the board first in the top of the first inning on a two-out rally with no one aboard. Mike Marshall reached on an error and a pair of walks from Pioneer starting pitcher Marcus Limon loaded the bases, setting up an infield RBI single by Ryan Burnaman for a 1-0 lead. Nate Peterson led off the top of the third inning for Chaps with a double and he was able to cross home plate on a single by Ryan Meade to extend the lead. The lead quickly vanished in the bottom of the third inning after the Pioneers rattled off six hits off Chaps starting pitcher Shane Ingram capped by a wind-aided grand slam home run by Nic Shadle leading to an eight-run inning and an 8-2 Pioneer lead.
The slam brought a change on the mound, as LCU opted to relief Ingram with Tyler Curtis. The move paid off, as Curtis pitched 5.1 innings in relief and allowed three hits, with Pagan's game-winning single included in the mix. He also registered seven strikeouts.
Limon kept the Chaps bats silent following the third inning. He ended up striking out 11 batters and walking six over six innings. He ran into trouble in the seventh inning and after 130 pitches, the Pioneers went to the pen. LCU's comeback attempt came in the ninth inning. Burnaman helped take advantage of a pair of WBU errors with a two-run double to right centerfield to start the rally. Ryan Meade singled in a run and it set up a three-run home run by Karl Seiter to tie the game. They completed the damage without an out recorded in the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Allen led off with a single and advanced on a wild pitch before an error by Seiter allowed him to move to third base. Pagan followed with his game-winning hit.
Curtis, who faced his first 14 batters without allowing a hit, suffered the loss to fall to 6-3 on the season. Unfortunately for Curtis, he has been victim of the loss in the last two Chaps contests. It is LCU's first two-game losing streak since March 11. The win was credited to Kevin Burbank, who evened his record at 4-4. Burnaman (2-for-4) and Seiter (2-for-5) each had three RBI in the loss for LCU. WBU was led at the plate by Shadle, who was 2-for-4 with his slam leading to four RBI.
LCU falls to 38-11 overall and 18-9 in the SAC. Wayland Baptist avoids the series sweep and improves to 26-25 overall and 12-15 in conference play. The win extends their win streak to four games. LCU closes out the regular season with a three-game conference series in Shawnee, Okla. facing St. Gregory's beginning with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Friday.