LCU Victory Gives the Chaps a 21-0 in Sooner Athletic Conference - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/5/08

LCU Victory Gives the Chaps a 21-0 in Sooner Athletic Conference

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The comeback was sparked by a ten-run sixth inning for the Chaps. Dominguez, just entering the game in the top half of the sixth after starting shortstop Ryan Burke was injured, led off the bottom of the sixth with a single.  Will Stramp walked to place two aboard and Rob Learned brought them home with a home run, turning the 13-2 deficit to an 13-5 deficit.  Learned's home run led to the Stars replacing starting pitcher Tyler Kelsey, who had cruised allowing just a pair of runs off four hits and striking out six batters prior to the fifth inning.  The pitching change did not help, as Jarred Bogany was hit by a pitch and Armendariz followed with a two-run home run for his first home run of the season.  Shortstop Kirk Walker booted a pair of balls resulting in Chase Robertson and Buck Britton each getting aboard.  Dominguez was hit by a pitch in his second at bat of the inning, bringing Stramp back to the plate.  Stramp blasted a grand slam over the centerfield wall causing mayhem at Hays Field with the fans in a frenzy as the Chaps cut the deficit to 13-11.  The Chaps were not done in the inning.  Learned reached first on an infield single and scored from first base on a double produced by Tyler Johnson.  In all, the Chaps sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning, and the ten runs trimmed the OCU lead at 13-12.  Dominguez led off the eighth inning with a solo home run for his first home run of the season and the game was tied at 13-13.  The Stars regained the lead in the top of the ninth inning with a two-out single off Richard Navarette by Landon Camp that scored pinch runner B.J. Wheeler for a 14-13 lead.  The RBI was one of six on the day for Camp, who had already belted three home runs in the game.  With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Armendariz lifted an opposite field hit to left field that just edged the wall for a solo home run to tie the game at 14-14.  Robertson followed the at-bat with a double off Brad Riddle.  OCU pulled Riddle and placed Alec Marsh, who was without a prior relief appearance on the season, on the mound.  LCU sent pinch hitter Marc Gomez in for Karlton Banks and Gomez stroked the ball to right field for a hit, allowing Robertson to score from second to give LCU the 15-14 walkoff victory.

Oklahoma City can only look back and reflect on what could have been.  Walker was the only starter without a hit for the Stars, and prior to the seventh inning, the Stars had produced a run in every inning except the second inning and had six home runs. The Stars first eight hits all resulted in extra-base hits, and they shortened starting pitcher James Wallace's outing to just an inning.  Tanner Vickers replaced Wallace, but could only last two innings after surrendering three home runs in a span of five batters faced.  The Stars left 13 runners stranded during the game that saw teams combine for 11 home runs. 

Navarette proved to be the only pitcher that could slow down the Stars.  The senior had only pitched in 5.2 innings prior to his appearance against the Stars, but he was able to earn the win on the hill.  He went four innings and limited the Stars to two runs on six hits while garnering nine strikeouts.  Riddle suffered the loss in relief for OCU.

The win not only places LCU's record at 35-1 and 21-0 in Sooner Athletic Conference play, but it also places their winning streak at 28 games to tie a school mark that was last set in 1982.  It is the third time they have won 28 consecutive games in school history (1978, 1982), and they will look to break the school mark for consecutive wins Tuesday at Hays Field hosting College of the Southwest for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.  The victory for the Chaps also gives them their first ever sweep of Oklahoma City University in school history.

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