OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—The Central Christian College of Kansas baseball team found themselves in three evenly matched games against Mid America Christian University this past weekend, but were unable to come out on the winning side of any of them. They would fall to the Evangels 3-1, 5-2 and 4-3
Game one was about missed opportunities for the Tigers on the offensive end as they compiled 10 hits in the game, but only managed to bring home one runner and leaving eight on base. The Tigers' lone run came in the top of the eighth when a Tyler Brown double brought home Shomari Cann. Jared Jones once again provided an outstanding performance from the mound, going eight innings and giving up three runs, two earned with nine hits, three walks and four strikeouts. Evangels would take game one 3-1.
In game two, the Tigers offense was held almost entirely in check. They would open up the game with two runs with Jared Jones, while drawing a walk while the bases were loaded, to bring in Shomari Cann, then Christopher Sanchez coming home thanks to a sacrifice fly by JD Noey. After opening the game with two hits and two runs, the Tigers would be held without a hit for the rest of the game, while striking out 12 times as a team. MACU would immediately erase the Tigers' lead in the bottom of the first with two runs of their own, then go on to score a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings, giving them the 5-2 win in game two.
Game three was a heartbreaker for the Tigers. It was a pitcher's duel for the first four innings, with starting pitcher Kyle Fenoglio giving up just one hit in 4.1 innings, but had to work around seven walks. In the top of the fifth inning, the Tigers would take a 1-0 lead without even recording a hit, as Titus Beacham reached on a walk, then Shomari Cann was hit by a pitch. Sanchez moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt, then Brown hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Beacham. The Evangels would also score a run in the bottom of the fifth inning without a single hit, as there were 4 walks given by Tiger pitching. The Tigers would come back to retake the lead in the top of the sixth, as Beacham singled to drive in Noey and Jones. The Tigers would hold onto the 3-1 lead until the bottom of the seventh, when two costly errors turned into three runs for the Evangels as they walked off with a 4-3 win on a dropped fly ball.
The Tigers will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon as they will take on crosstown rivals McPherson College for a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.