SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist split a pair with Central Oklahoma Tuesday, winning 16-1 in the opener before falling 11-2.
Bison Head Coach Bobby Cox picked up with 1,324, matching the career win total of Mike Metheny, who retired with the NCAA Division II record after last season. Cox will not be recognized as the NCAA record holder due to the percentage of games played by the Bison in the NAIA.
After falling behind 1-0, the Bison scored twice in the first inning by Brett Bloomfield and Zane Gelphman.
OBU added four in the second on a three-run home run by Gelphman and an RBI single from PJ Harris.
The Bison scored nine in the third, including an RBI double by Brett Berghammer and RBI walks by Harris and Garrett McKee, Jake Gozzo was hit by a pitch to force in a run, Brock Carter added an RBI single and Bloomfield doubled in two runs.
Harris drove in a run on a fielder's choice in the sixth.
The Bison had 14 hits, including three by Bloomfield and two apiece by Gelphman, Josh Timms, Juan Gonzalez, and Carter.
Thomas Shroder got the win, allowing one run in five innings. Hudson Pearson struck out four in two hitless frames.
In the second game, OBU surrendered nine runs on two hits in the first two innings.
Gonzalez doubled and scored on a grounder by Matt Poulin in the second. OBU got its other run in the fifth when Berghammer singled and eventually scored on an error.
The Bison had seven hits in the game, including two each by Berghammer and Bloomfield.
AJ Merkel (0-1) took the loss. Mychal Yarbor had two shutout innings of relief.
OBU returns to action Friday at Arkansas-Monticello, starting a three-game series there at 2 p.m., followed by a noon doubleheader on Saturday.