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The Shawnee News-Star
  • No. 15 Oklahoma Baptist sweeps St. Gregory’s

  • Oklahoma Baptist put a damper on St. Gregory’s Senior Day, sweeping a Sooner Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader from the Cavaliers, 9-1 and 8-2, Thursday at Bill Nicklas Field.
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  • Oklahoma Baptist put a damper on St. Gregory’s Senior Day, sweeping a Sooner Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader from the Cavaliers, 9-1 and 8-2, Thursday at Bill Nicklas Field.
     
    The No. 15-ranked Bison racked up 21 hits, including a five-hit effort from Matt Page, in winning for the third time in four games.
     
    Page, who leads the NAIA in runs batted in, was 5-for-8 in the two games with two runs scored and six RBIs.
     
    The Bison stranded 11 runners in the opener but were helped by five SGU errors. OBU scored unearned runs in the fourth and fifth innings and led 2-0 going into the sixth.
     
    That’s when the visitors put the game away, sending 11 batters to the plate during a five-run, four-hit inning. All of those runs were unearned as the Cavs committed three errors in the frame.
     
    SGU senior Cody Kollmann hit his third career home run — a solo shot to left — to make it 7-1, but the home team was unable to get anything else across.
     
    Freshman Chris Sutton (1-7) suffered the loss despite giving up no earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. He scattered seven hits and struck out three.
     
    Mark Milioto and Christian Torres each had two-hit games to lead the Cavs offensively.
     
    OBU jumped out to an early lead in Game 2. Up 1-0, the Bison put up a 4-spot in the second inning. Page and Greg Nelson both had run-scoring doubles in the frame.
     
    Facing a 6-0 deficit in the third, the Cavs battled back for two runs on RBI singles by Torres and Cody Guenthart. But OBU pitching limited the home team to only two hits the rest of the way.
     
    Jacob Ratliff took the loss and fell to 3-8 on the season. He gave up seven earned runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings.
     
    Jordan Funtila, Matt Blackwell and Torres each had two-hit games to lead the Cavs at the plate.
     
    Five SGU seniors were honored before the games. Torres, Funtila, Kollmann, Guenthart and Roberto Celestino all played their final games at Bill Nicklas Field.
     
    The Holy War series shifts to OBU’s campus Friday. The first pitch of that nine-inning game is scheduled for 6 p.m.
     
    OBU is 37-16 overall and 16-10 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, while SGU is 18-31 overall and 6-20 in the SAC.
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    Note: Report provided by Brad Collins, SGU sports information director.

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