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Pioneers fall to second-ranked Stars

Source: Wayland Baptist University Source: Wayland Baptist University

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PLAINVIEW(TX) -- A day after taking Oklahoma City down to the wire, Wayland Baptist couldn’t prevent the 10-run rule from being invoked Friday afternoon as the second-ranked Stars rolled to an 11-1, 7-inning win over the Pioneers in Sooner Athletic Conference action at Wilder Field.

OCU (40-5, 17-1 SAC), which topped Wayland on Friday 7-2 and 6-5, scored in all but one inning while Wayland (18-23, 6-12) scored in just one inning. The big blow for the Stars came in the fifth when they scored five runs on four hits.

Oklahoma City, which has won 21 of its last 22 games, ended with 14 hits against three freshman pitchers. Broedy Burris (4-4) gave up nine hits and eight runs (seven earned) in 4 2/3 innings, Bryson Calaway allowed two hits and a run in one inning of work, and Tristen Hefner surrendered three hits and two runs in 1 1/3 innings. Burris struck out two and walked three while Hefner fanned three.

Junior Roberto Delgado went 6 1/3 innings for OCU, allowing just four hits with six strikeouts and three walks. After 102 pitches from Delgado, Anthony Rosati came in for the final two outs, allowing one hit.

Senior centerfield Austin Davis was credited with three of Wayland’s five hits, all singles. He reached on a bunt, an infield hit to the shortstop, then a shot to left field in the bottom of the seventh.

Wayland’s lone run came courtesy of a lead-off home run by junior third baseman Gregg Veneklasen to lead off the fourth. It was Veneklasen’s team-leading 13th homer of the season.

While the start to the Pioneers’ 10-game regular-season-ending home stand didn’t start well, Wayland will attempt to bounce back when it hosts Mid-America Christian in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Friday, April 21 followed by a single game at noon April 22. The Evangels (14-26, 5-10), who faced last-place Bacone in a three-game series this weekend, are right behind Wayland in the SAC standings, tied with Southwestern Assemblies of God (14-27, 5-10) as those three teams battle for sixth place.

The Pioneers then play a non-conference game against New Mexico Highlands on April 25 before wrapping up the regular season with a three-game set April 28 and 29 against Bacone (4-37, 1-17).

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