SOSU Baseball Falls in Pair of One-Run Games

Southeastern's renewal of it series with Central Oklahoma featured a pair of one-run games, but both saw the Savage Storm come out on the short end, first falling 3-2 before dropping a 13-12 decision in eight innings on Tuesday afternoon at The Ballpark in Durant.

The losses drop SE to 7-11 overall on the year as they will hit the road for the second-straight weekend for Great American Conference play as they head to Arkadelphia, Ark., to face Henderson State in a three-game series March 4-5.

The opener was a pitcher's duel as Mike Wade turned in a complete game for the Storm, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out 11 of the 28 batters he faced, but was handed his first loss of the season.

SE held an 8-to-5 edge in hits, led by Dylan Helms and Corban Taylor posting two each, with Brandon Grimsley driving in one run on a solo homer and Taylor driving in the other.

UCO struck first in the top of the first inning with a run on a bases-loaded single, but Wade would get out of trouble and leave the bases loaded.

Taylor would add his own RBI single in the bottom half of the inning to plate Grimsley and evene the score at 1-1.

The Bronchos would add solo homers in the fourth and sixth innings to take a 3-1 lead, with Grimsley adding a solo shot in the seventh to close the final to 3-2.

The nightcap was a slugfest as the teams combined for 26 hits and used 13 pitchers between them.

Kaleb Thomas and Greg Husnander each posted three-hit outings, while Grimsley and Connor Counce added two hits each and every SE starter picked up at least one hit.

Thomas and Husnander drove in three runs each, with Grimsley and Counce adding two each.

Grimsley, Counce and Logan Terwilliger each connected on home runs.

Keyton Jameson got the start and tossed 2.0 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits with three strikeouts.

He was replaced by Matt Benedict who started a line that followed with Scott Brinkley, Cody Luman, Cory Scheibner and Bryce Clemons combining for the next 4.1 innings and allowing eight runs, seven of them earned, on seven hits with five K's.

Michael Brincksa would be the final pitcher and finish the game with 1.2 innings pitched, allowing a run on a hit with a strikeout and two walks to drop to 0-2 on the year.

UCO scored in each of the first three innings and despite a run in the bottom of the first and three more in the third on Counce's homer, SE was still trailing 5-4.

That stretched to 6-4 by the middle of the fifth inning, but the Storm found its answer with five runs in the bottom of the fifth off RBI hits from Helms and Thomas followed by a three-run homer by Grimsley.

A Terwilliger solo homer and a two-run double by Thomas in the sixth stretched that advantage to 12-6 heading into the seventh inning.

However, UCO would find an answer and reel off six runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game and follow with a run in the eighth to take the lead and holdoff SE for a 13-12 final.

Southeastern would outhit the Bronchos 15-to-=11 on the day and strand 13 runners on the contest.

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