CLAREMORE, Okla. (April 5, 2014) – Brandon Wilson produced four runs-batted-in and No.12 Lubbock Christian University produced seven two-out runs-batted-in en route to a run-rule shortened 12-2 win over Rogers State University in eight innings to complete the Heartland Conference series sweep Saturday afternoon at Diamond Sports Complex.
The Chaps scored in every inning except the first and fifth innings and scored the game’s first eight runs. Their first five runs came in two-out situations.
The scoring began in the second inning, with Ethan Kohnle hitting a two-out single to plate Hunter McFall. Two-out singles by Wigberto Nevarez and McFall led to a two-run third inning, and an error in the fourth inning with two outs led to a pair of runs scoring for a 5-0 LCU lead. Wilson made it 7-0 in the sixth inning with a two-run double down the right field line. The string of runs ended in the seventh inning with Brett Kauten hitting a two-out RBI single for an 8-0 advantage.
RSU scored their only runs in the bottom of the seventh inning off reliever Jarret Porter. A wild pitch allowed Chase Knott to score and Ryan Hendricks followed with a double for the Hillcats lone RBI of the game. Leading 8-2, LCU put the game out of reach with a four-run eighth inning, with all hits coming with the bases loaded. McFall, Brett Wilhelm, Stephen Withrow and Tanner Rainey all singled with the bases loaded to get the merry-go-round going for the Chaps in the inning.
Jack Mabe was the Chaps starting pitcher and he pitched five scoreless innings allowing four hits. He struck out six batters and improved to 2-1.Jesse Baird suffered the loss (2-6), allowing seven runs (five earned) off nine hits in six innings. McFall had a game-high three hits in a 3-for-4 plate performance for LCU. The Chaps had multi-hit performances from five different players. Wilson was 2-for-5 with four RBI.
The Chaps improved their Heartland Conference record to a conference best 18-3 and they are 26-9 overall. RSU fell to 13-20 overall and 6-15 in conference play. LCU has won five consecutive conference road games. The Chaps remain on the road Tuesday and play at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, N.M.
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