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

  • No. 15 Oklahoma Baptist overcame a five-run deficit to defeat St. Gregory’s, 15-8, Saturday at Bison Field.
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  • No. 15 Oklahoma Baptist overcame a five-run deficit to defeat St. Gregory’s, 15-8, Saturday at Bison Field.
     
    OBU erased an 8-3 Cavalier lead by scoring 12 unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
     
    The Bison have won 21 consecutive games in the Holy War series.
     
    Les Northcutt (4-1) retired 13 of the last 14 Cavaliers he faced to pick up the win. He worked the final 4 1/3 innings, striking out four with no walks.
     
    SGU got some clutch hits in building that five-run advantage. The Cavs scored two in the first inning on a two-out, two-RBI single by Christian Torres.
     
    Matt Blackwell and Roberto Celestino added two-out RBI singles in the second to give the visitors a 4-0 lead.
     
    After OBU cut it to 4-3 in the fourth, SGU responded with a four-run fifth inning. All of the runs in the frame again came with two outs. Luke Taylor had a run-scoring single in the inning, and Jacob Ratliff capped the rally with a two-RBI double to left-center.
     
    But the Bison turned the momentum in the sixth, sending 12 batters to the plate during an eight-run, five-hit inning. OBU was helped by two Cavalier errors in the frame, the first of which allowed the tying run to score.
     
    The home team’s big hit came off the bat of Greg Nelson, who broke an 8-all tie with a three-run home run to right field.
     
    The Bison tacked on four more runs in the seventh on two run-scoring singles and two wild pitches.
     
    Julian Estrada (1-3) suffered the loss in relief. He gave up three runs on two hits and walked one in 2/3 of an inning.
     
    SGU had 12 hits for the game, including two-hit efforts from Jordan Funtila, Blackwell, Ratliff, Torres and Cody Kollmann.
     
    OBU had 16 hits, including three each by Mason Ankeney and Garrett Roberts and two by Anthony Almonte.
     
    The Bison end the regular season at 39-16 and will begin the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Wednesday with a 6 p.m. home game. The opponent has not yet been announced.
     
    The tournament will be at OBU and Oklahoma City University. The OBU pool will include the Bison, Lubbock Christian, Wayland Baptist and St. Gregory’s. OCU, Rogers State, USAO and Mid-America Christian will play at OCU.
     
    Each team will play once daily, Wednesday through Friday, with the site winners meeting at OCU Saturday afternoon. The Bison will play at 6 p.m. each day while at OBU.
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    The Cavaliers end the regular season at 18-33 overall and 6-22 in the conference.
     
    Note: Report provided by Brad Collins, SGU sports information director, and Ray Fink, OBU sports information director.
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