SOSU Baseball splits twin bill

4-15-07 - Southeastern Oklahoma State's Luis Estrella took a no-hitter two outs into fifth inning Sunday afternoon at the Ballpark in Durant.

But that's when the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs erupted for eight runs and coasted to a 10-3 LSC North Division win over the Savage Storm.

The win improved the division-leading Bulldogs to 15-25 on the season, but SWOSU is now 9-3 in division play. Southeastern dropped to 20-23 and 6-7.

Estrella seemed to be breezing through the fifth after striking out Ryan Pease to begin the inning, issuing a seemingly hamless walk to Ryan Starzenski and inducing Mark Cole to fly out to center field.

But that's when the wheels fell of as the next eight Bulldogs would reach base. Estrella surrendered five hits and two walks, while another reached on an error by shortstop Randall Clay.

Lance Scales Pease and Starzenski each contributed run-scoring hits for SWOSU in the inning as the Bulldogs piled on eight runs on five hits to take an 8-0 lead.

Travis Bell came on to get the final out of the inning, but not before the damage was done.

Estrella fell to 2-3 on the season yielder eight runs -five earned - on five hits, while striking out four and walking six.

Mason Parham led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to left field, and Randall Clay added another solo shot in the sixth, but it was enough to sustain a rally.

Chris Morrison earned the win for the Bulldogs to improve to 4-3 on the season. Morrison scattered seven hits over seven innings while yielding three runs, striking out one and walking one.

David Newell lined an eighth-inning single to left-field and Lance Powers beat Ryan Pease's throw to the plate to give the Savage Storm a rare 5-4 result over Southwestern Oklahoma State Sunday afternoon in Game 2 at the Ballpark in Durant.

The win was the first time in 21 efforts this season that the Storm was able to rally from the sixth inning deficit. Heck, it was the first time Southeastern had come back after trailing in the fifth inning.

The comeback victory improved the Savage Storm's season record to 21-23, while their mark against the LSC's North Division stands at 7-7.

Southwestern Oklahoma State, which came into the weekend as the division leader, dropped to 15-26 and 9-4.

The comeback effort had modest beginnings as pinch hitter Aaron Upshaw started the sixth inning reaching as a hit batsman. Upshaw was lifted for pinch runner Lance Powers who would advance to third on Erik Hughes' opposite field single to right field. Powers would then score on David Newell's sacrifice fly to left field to pull SOSU to within 4-3.

Hughes' hit extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games, but it was a pair of bases loaded walks by Southwestern Oklahoma State starter Dakota Streber that game the Savage Storm an early 2-0 advantage.

The Bulldogs struck for four runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-2 lead before the Storm began to chip away.

Junior outfielder Daniel Hoegh launched a one-out, game-tying home run to right field in the seventh inning to force the game to extra innings.

Powers, who had entered the game as a pinch runner in the sixth, led off the inning with a single up the middle before reserve Mitch Worley reached on a bunt single trying to sacrifice Powers to second.

Newell followed with the game winning hit to right field.

Newell, who extended hi s career-best hitting streak to 13 games, paced the Storm attack by going 2-for-2 with three RBIs, while Hoegh also had a pair of hits.

The bullpen game Southeastern 3 2/3 stellar innings of work as Jordan Semore earned the win to improve to 4-6 on the season.

Semore allowed one hit and struck out one in two innings of work, while Brady Huckabee allowed a hit in 1 2/3 innings.

The Savage Storm and Southwestern Oklahoma State finish their season series with a single nine-inning game Monday afternoon at the Ballpark in Durant. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.