The north wind at Oklahoma Baptist’s Bison Field blew cool air along with havoc onto visiting St. Gregory’s infielders in Friday’s second matchup between the Bison and Cavaliers.


The north wind at Oklahoma Baptist’s Bison Field blew cool air along with havoc onto visiting St. Gregory’s infielders in Friday’s second matchup between the Bison and Cavaliers.
Two times, misjudged infield pop flys led to big scoring innings for the Bison, who took a 2-0 series lead with a 14-4 run-rule win.
The Cavaliers, who had jumped to a 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning, were victimized by a misplayed popup in the bottom half of the inning and OBU translated the offering into five runs.
Cory Underhill, who went 3-for-4 on the day, knocked in leadoff hitter Landin Boler on an infield single to give SGU the 1-0 lead.
With one down in the bottom of the frame, OBU’s Kyle Cooper skied a ball that third baseman Kenny Gooch couldn’t capture. After a Joshua Collazo walk, Mason Reilly drove in Cooper on a single to left. After another single by Chris Chambers loaded the bases, Frank Avilla then knocked home OBU’s second run on a bloop single to left. With the bases still juiced, Christian Ruiz hit into a fielders choice as a run scored to make it 3-0. With two outs and runners at second and third — after Ruiz stole second — Keith Johnson knocked in two more runs on a sharp single to left field. The Bison ended the inning with five hits and the error.
St. Gregory’s scored again in the second to cut the Bison lead to 5-2 on a Boler single to left center. Boler went 2-for-4.
The Cavliers then sent Alex Gegan to the mound in the bottom of the second inning, replacing starter Brady Thorpe. Gegan held the Bison at bay for three scoreless innings, while the offense provided one more run in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to 5-3.
Underhill drove in his second run of the game with another infield hit, scoring Larry Gowder.
With the Bison leading 5-3, the north wind sent the Cavs south for the second time.
With one out and Chambers on first with a free pass, Ruiz skied a pop-fly high above shortstop Caleb Phillips, who couldn’t come up with the catch.
Once again, Johnson provided a big blow as he ripped a double to left field, scoring both Chambers and Ruiz. Johnson was 2-for-4 and drove on four runs on the day. OBU led 7-3 and wasn’t done.
Cody Lambuth got in the act with an RBI double to right. Billy Thomas then got on first with SGU’s second error of the inning and Cooper drove in Lambuth on a sharp single to right to increase the lead to 9-3. With runners at first and second, Collazo smashed a ball that pierced through the wind and hit off of the left field wall, scoring two more runs for the Bison. All tolled, the Bison scored six runs in the inning on four hits and two errors.
The sixth inning passed without any scoring and SGU grabbed another run in the top of the seventh on an RBI triple by Gooch to left center, scoring Phillips who was on first after a single.
The Bison then closed out the contest with three more unearned runs in the bottom half of the seventh.
Lambuth started things with a single, then stole second. Collazo then reached after a throwing error which scored Lambuth, and Reilly reached on another Cav miscue. That set the table for Chambers, who down the right field line for two runs as OBU hit the 10-run rule after seven innings of play.
“We took advantage and came away with two big innings on them,” said OBU head coach Bobby Cox. “I thought we played pretty well today.”
Chase Justice earned the win for the Bison. He cam in for starter Adam Garner in the fifth inning. Justice pitched two innings and gave up just one hit.
The third and final game of the series will be today at 1 p.m. at OBU Bison Field. It will be senior day for both squads as the ceremonies will be held prior to the first pitch.