In the first two games of the baseball series between Oklahoma Baptist and St. Gregory’s, hitters held the upper hand as the teams scored 34 runs in just 16 innings of play.

That all changed Saturday at Bison Field as OBU earned a three-game sweep with a 4-2 win.


In the first two games of the baseball series between Oklahoma Baptist and St. Gregory’s, hitters held the upper hand as the teams scored 34 runs in just 16 innings of play.
That all changed Saturday at Bison Field as OBU earned a three-game sweep with a 4-2 win.
Both starters — Kip Honeycutt of the Cavs and eventual winner Doug Hurn of the Bison — were brilliant on the mound. The pitchers combined for five innings of scoreless baseball and scattered 12 hits.
As in the first two games, the Cavaliers got on the scoreboard first. Kenny Gooch led off the top of the sixth with a sharp single up the middle, then moved to second on a passed ball by Bison catcher Mason Reilly. Cory Underhill flew out, and Brady Thorpe moved Gooch to third with a sharp ground out to short. Dale product Caleb Phillips then knocked in the game’s first run on a check-swing single that sailed over the head of OBU first baseman Joshua Collazo.
Entering the sixth, Hurn had registered 10 strikeouts and given up just two hits.
St. Gregory’s increased its lead to 2-0 in the seventh. Basketball sensation Patrick Jones hit a single to center field and scurried to second base when Christian Ruiz bobbled the ball. Chris Cochran then moved Jones to third on a sacrifice bunt. Jones scored on an error off the bat of Gooch.
The Bison responded by finally chipping away at Honeycutt and took the lead on a three-run effort. Entering the bottom of the seventh, Honeycutt had yielded four hits and three walks. The nifty right-hander didn’t strike out any Bison but kept them off-balance for six innings.
OBU nine-hole hitter Keith Johnson led off the seventh with Honeycutt’s fourth walk. Thomas then made it two on with a single to center. SGU looked to end the threat when Kyle Cooper hit into a double play. With two outs and Johnson at third, SGU intentionally walked Collazo, who has broken OBU’s single-season home run and RBI records.
Reilly stepped into the box and the lefty delivered. He drove a Honeycutt offering over the left field fence to give the Bison a 3-2 lead after seven innings.
“Mason has really good power going that way,” said Bison head coach Bobby Cox. “They walked Collazo in that situation, and I would have done the very same thing.”
The Bison brought in reliever Jordan McCavitt, who set down six straight Cavs to earn the save. He struck out two.
OBU scored another run in the bottom of the eighth. Cody Lambuth battled for a walk with two outs and was driven home when Johnson ripped a double to deep left-center.
“That was a great ball game today, and we were very fortunate to get the win,” said Cox. “(Honeycutt) did a great job and really kept us off-balance the way he changed his speeds.”
The Bison (40-12, 19-11 SAC) will take the momentum of the sweep into the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament Tuesday in Plainview, Texas. The Bison need to make it to the finals of the tournament to earn an NAIA regional playoff berth.
SGU fell to 16-31, 10-20.