3-24-07 -- Southeastern Oklahoma State continued to ride the arms of its pitching staff as Colby Oller, Brady Huckabee, Travis Bell and Mitch Worley combined for a five-hit shutout of Tarleton State in Game 2 Saturday at The Ballpark in Durant.
The Savage Storm claimed a 6-0 win in the series finale and have now won seven of their last eight games.
The pitching staff has been instrumental during the stretch as it has allowed two runs or less in each game, including a pair of shutouts and a sparkling 1.29 ERA.
Oller, who had not seen any action since surrendering eight runs in 1 1/3 innings exactly three weeks ago at Abilene Christian, didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning. The senior southpaw walked two and struck out two in four innings of work to improve to 2-3 on the season.
Huckabee gave the Savage Storm two innings of scoreless relief following Oller before senior Travis Bell struck out the first two batters in the seventh. Mitch Worley finished the game with a strikeout of Heath Herron after walking consecutive batters.
Southeastern jumped on Tarleton starter Bobby Chilton early, chasing the Texans' normal closer six batters and one out into the game.
Robbie Morris drew a leadoff walk and David Newell singled through the box before Randall Clay laid down a successful sacrifice bunt to move Morris and Newell into scoring position.
Each of them would move up another base when Chilton uncorked a wild pitch to give SOSU a 1-0 lead and Newell scored on Mason Parham's RBI-single to left field.
Erik Hughes and Chase Langley added run-scoring singles as the Savage Storm carried a 4-0 lead into the second inning.
Willliam Devillier, who came on in relief of Chilton in the first, loaded the bases for Southeastern in the second as the righty hit two batsmen sandwiched around a walk of Daniel Hoegh before giving way to Tarleton third pitcher in the first two innings - Garret Carruth.
Carruth immediately walked Jared Johnson to force in a run before settling in to allow one run on four hits in 4 1/3 innings of work.
The Savage Storm's only other run came in the bottom of the fifth when Morris stayed alive in a rundown long enough to allow Langley to score from third base.
Morris and Parham each had two hits to pace the Savage Storm offense.
Southeastern (14-16) opens LSC North Division play Wednesday afternoon at Southwestern Oklahoma State. First pitch for the doubleheader is slated for 2 p.m.
The Savage Storm return to The Ballpark in Durant next Friday and Saturday to face rival Central Oklahoma.
Tarleton State is now 18-16 on the season.