SOSU Wins Opener in 12 Innings at SWOSU

Southeastern pushed its winning streak to four games as it continues its drive to qualify for the Great American Conference Tournament, needing 12 innings to pick up an 8-7 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State on Friday afternoon in Weatherford, Okla.

The win lifts the Savage Storm to 20-19 overall on the year and 11-14 in GAC play with the final two games of the three-game series set for a 1 p.m. start on Saturday.

Chevis Springer posted a 3-for-6 effort at the plate with a pair of RBI and a run scored, While Brayon Colley chipped in a pair of hits and a run scored along with a stolen base.

Six others added one hit each, while Collin Sefik drove in three runs, with Cody Coats and Jacob Carter each adding one RBI.

Nick Johnson got the start on the hill for the Storm, tossing 5.2 innings and allowing five runs, three earned, on seven hits with one strikeout, but was left with a no decision.

That was because Mason Crenshaw came on in relief and tossed 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts. He earned his sixth win of the season, tossing 127 pitches in the effort.

Carter drove in the game's first run in the second inning, plating Ryan Salter on a fielder's choice which was followed by a two-run single by Sefcik that scored Chance Burcham and Carter for a 3-0 lead.

The Bulldogs cut it to 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning, but SE had an answer in the fourth with a Sefcik sac fly that scored Carter for a 4-1 edge.

Springer then turned in a triple in the top of the sixth that plated Sefcik and Carter for a 6-1 lead.

However, SWOSU would answer with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, taking advantage of a pair Storm errors to close the gap to 6-5.

They would finish their rally in the bottom of the ninth by scoring the game-tying run on a passed ball that sent the game to extra innings tied at 6-6.

It wasn't until the 12th inning that Cody Coats doubled with the bases loaded and two outs which scored Springer and Colley for an 8-6 lead.

The Bulldogs would threaten with a run in the bottom of the 12th, but Crenshaw would work out of trouble to preserve the 8-7 victory.

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