CHIICKASHA, OK—The Central Christian College of Kansas baseball team challenged not just one of the top teams in the Sooner Athletic Conference this past weekend, but one of the top teams in the nation. The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma baseball squad currently sits at No.9 in the NAIA, and is one of the upper echelon teams of the SAC. The Tigers fought hard versus the Drovers, but were unable to take a game from them, losing 1-3, 1-3, and 2-13.
The Tigers' offense was held in check all throughout the series by the Drovers' pitching, managing just four runs on nine hits through all three games. In the first two games of the series, the Tigers' pitching was up to the task, keeping the Tigers within striking distance. In Friday's game, Jared Jones worked around five walks and seven hits to give up just two runs in six innings with Aydan Rolph coming in relief to finish out the final two innings giving up just one run on two hits. The Tigers' lone run came by way of Josh Clyden, who reached base thanks to a fielding error by the Drovers, then advanced to third on another error, before crossing home plate on a groundout by Eugene Michel III.
In game two on Saturday, Kyle Fenoglio got the start for the Tigers. He would go four strong innings, giving up just one run. But in the fifth inning Fenoglio started to run into trouble, giving up two more runs. Once again, Aydan Rolph would come in the game and pitch 1.2 scoreless innings with Ethan Key coming in to get the final batter in the bottom of the sixth. The Tigers would get a rally starting in the top of the seventh, with Shomari Cann reaching base on an error by the Drovers' third baseman, and he would eventually score to bring the score to 3-1. The Tigers still had two runners on base with two outs, but were unable to keep the rally going.
The final game of the series had the momentum swung heavily in the Drovers' favor, as they put up 13 runs on eight hits, with the Tigers committing five fielding errors. The Drovers also had five fielding errors, but the Tigers only had three hits with their two runs coming in the top of the fifth as Kayne Weidenbacher and Josh Clyden scored.
The Tigers fall to 2-17 (1-8 SAC) on the season, and are scheduled to play a non-conference doubleheader at Bethany College on Tuesday. The games will start at noon, weather permitting.