Bulldogs trip Southeastern

4-16-07 -- Southwestern Oklahoma State's Ryan Starzynski and Lance Scales proved too much for the Savage Storm as the Bulldogs came away with a 7-4 series finale win Monday afternoon at the Ballpark in Durant.

The two- and three-hole hitters combined for six hits and drove in six runs as Starzynski was 4-for-5 with his first home run of the season, while Scales went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.

Southeastern dropped to 21-24 on the season and 7-8 in Lone Star Conference North Division play. The Savage Storm are trail second-place Southwestern Oklahoma State by three games as the Bulldogs improved to 16-26 and 10-4.

Southwestern jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third fueled by Scales' two-run tripled down the right-field line. Scales would then score on Starzynski's run-scoring single through the right side of the Savage Storm's drawn-in infie ld.

Southeastern struck back in the bottom of the inning on Daniel Hoegh's two-run homer to right field to plate David Newell, who had reached on a one-out walk. SOSU trailed 3-2.

The Savage Storm failed to take advantage of their opportunities, leaving the bases loaded in the second and seventh innings allowing Southwestern to take control of the game in the late innings.

The Bulldogs turned a leadoff walk into a run in the top of the seventh as Kenny Hare scored on Mark Cole's single to left field to give Southwestern a 4-2 advantage.

Scales and Starzynski did more damage in the inning as Scales led off the inning with a solid double to left field before Starzynski launched a two-run shot to right field to give SWOSU a 6-2 lead going into the ninth.

And it was again Starzynski that added another insurance run courtesy of an RBI-single to right field to score Tristan Cummings, who had drawn a leadoff walk.

The Savage Storm fought back wit h an Aaron Upshaw homer in the bottom of the inning and added a second run on SWOSU left fielder Hare's error, but left two runners on base for a total of nine for the game.

Jeff Keller picked up the win for the Bulldogs to improve to 4-8, while allowing two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. Brian Wortham pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to pick his second save of the year. Wortham allowed two runs - one earned - on three hits.

Southeastern starter Colby Oller (3-5) suffered the loss allowing four runs - three earned - on seven hits.

SOSU senior designated hitter David Newell stroked a single up the middle in the fifth inning to extend his career-best hitting streak to 14 games.

Hoegh and Lance Powers paced the Savage Storm attack with two hits apiece.

Southeastern travels to Edmond to face LSC North leading Central Oklahoma for a mid-week doubleheader Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.