BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — In what may be the final sporting event for the foreseeable future, the Southwestern College baseball team fell Wednesday at Oklahoma Wesleyan 13-7 in a single, nine-inning KCAC game.
The Moundbuilders (11-9, 5-3 KCAC) trailed 6-1 after 3 1/2 innings when Oklahoma Wesleyan broke it open with a six-run fourth inning.
Southwestern starter Jacob Moskowitz was unable to retire a batter in the big inning, having given up 12 runs, 11 earned, on 10 hits and a walk, with three strikeouts.
The first four batters reached base on hits for the Eagles (14-14, 3-5) to chase Moskowitz from the hill.
Dylan Navarrette was summoned from the bullpen and gave up an RBI single to Danny Perez, followed by a first-pitch, three-run home run by Easton Elliott. Navarrette struck out Matt Martinez and after an intentional walk, escaped further damage when the Builders turned a 5-4-3 double play.
Trailing 3-0, Southwestern got on the board in the top of the fourth when Jared Kiessling stroked a two-out double and scored on Cody Carpenter’s single. But the Eagles responded with a three-run homer by A’Darius Council in the bottom half of the inning.
Kiessling drove in another run with a fifth-inning single.
Angel Velez led off the top of the sixth by driving a 2-1 offering from OWU starter Jacob Williams over the fence in right-center for a home run. Jason Bray later singled and scored on a single by Liam Whalen.
Carpenter doubled home a run and scored on Velez’s single in the seventh, and Velez singled home Sterling Spurling with two out in the top of the ninth.
Williams went the distance on the hill for the Eagles, giving up 10 hits and three walks, with five strikeouts. Four of the seven runs he allowed were earned.
Oklahoma Wesleyan’s Nos. 3-4-5 hitters combined to go 9 for 14 with seven runs and seven RBI. Those three batters, Perez, Easton Elliott and Isaac Wersland had three hits apiece.
Southwestern’s bullpen shut down the Eagles with one run on six hits through the final five innings.
Velez finished with three hits, while Kiessling and Carpenter added two apiece.
The top three batters in the order, the trio combined to go 7 for 15 with four runs and six RBI.
Southwestern was set to return home for a three-game series today and Sunday against Saint Mary, but those game have been postponed. The remainder of the season remains in limbo pending word from the KCAC.
The NAIA announced Wednesday the cancellation of all winter championship events due to the coronavirus, with the spring season to be determined.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes, as well as all involved in our championship events, is the NAIA’s highest priority,” the NAIA posted on its website. “We will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and NAIA leadership will work closely with our member institutions to determine the best path forward for future NAIA events, including all spring 2020 championships.”
OWU 13, Southwestern 7