DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern picked up its fifth-straight win and picked up its 20th win of the season with an 11-4 victory over Oklahoma Baptist on Friday afternoon at The Ballpark in Durant.
The win moves the Savage Storm to 20-17 on the season overall and 15-7 in Great American Conference play, breaking what was a tie for second with Oklahoma Baptist, but due to an unequal number of games being played by Southwestern Oklahoma State, the Bulldogs slipped into second in the standings for the time being by a margin of .684 to .682 in winning percentage.
The win also moves head coach Mike Metheny to 1,299 career win, just one shy of becoming the third coach all-time to reach the 1,300 win mark.
Kaleb Thomas turned in three hits, while Logan Terwilliger and Connor Counce had two each.
Dylan Helms, Corban Taylor and Tim Hunter each added hits, while SE took advantage of nine walks, three of which were drawn by Helms.
Taylor drove in three runs, while Thomas added two RBI.
Helms, Terwilliger, Brandon Grimsley and Counce each had one RBI.
Dylan Linke turned in an outstanding 7.0 inning performance for his sixth win of the year, allowing four runs, three earned, while striking out seven. He opened the game with 13 straight strikes over the first and second innings.
Brady Colbert would toss the final two innings
Grimsley put the team on the board with a sac fly in the first inning Taylor followed suit to open up a 2-0 lead after one.
Thomas would triple in the second to drive in Helms and stretch the lead to 3-0.
OBU would answer in the third and after a leadoff triple, Linke would strikeout back to back hitters before putting a second runner on via hit by pitch.
A double would bring home a run and make it 3-1 with two on and two out. This lead to an intentional walk of the three-hole hitter, but following it Linke would toss the damaged baseball into the dugout, however time had not been called, allowing the runners to advance scoring a run and making it 3-2.
That was immediately followed by a two-run double which left the Storm in a 4-3 hole midway through the third.
The offense would quiet for both teams until the fifth when Helms tied the game with an RBI triple and scored on a Terwilliger double to put the Storm up 5-4.
SE would add two more in the sixth, the first when Taylor scored via wild pitch and the second when Thomas drew a bases loaded walk for a 7-4 lead.
The Storm would force the GAC's number two ERA leader Carson McPherson out during the sixth after recording just 5.0 innings and allowing six runs while walking six and striking out two.
SE would add another run in the seventh on a Taylor single that scored Grimsley for an 8-4 lead.
Taylor would drive in the next run in the eighth on a bases loaded walk which was followed by Terwilliger scoring on a wild pitch and a Counce RBI single to round out the 11-4 score.