Top ranked Western Oklahoma State College brought out the big bats and swept a three game series from Eastern here over the weekend.
Western 5, Eastern 4
The Pioneers had to come up with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to avoid their second loss of the season.
With one out Alnardo Rodriguez got the rally going with a single. That brought up catcher Sicnarf Loopstock. The 5-11, 200 pound freshmance from Aruba, sent the first pitch over the right centerfield fence to tie the game. With two out Rafeal Pena reached base via an error before Joung doubled putting runners on second and third. Casey Coyle was intentionaly walked to load the bases and that brought up Willie Allen who singled to right field bringing home Pena with the winning run.
Edward Cruz baffled Eastern, striking out 10 batters. Cruz allowed two earned runs, seven hits and one walk over 6 1/3 innings.
Jared Cook got the win in relief. Cook pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed no runs.
Western 12, Eastern 6
Pena, Lacrus and Joung all homered in the game.
Felix Frias recorded the win for Western. He allowed two runs over five innings, struck out six, walked two and gave up five hits.
Pena, Alnardo Rodriguez and Lacrus each had two hits in the game.
Western 13, Eastern 10
Clemente Parra hit two home runs in an a game in which both teams accounted for 23 runs and 22 hits, including 14 extra base hits.
Both bullpens were busy with 11 pitchers used in the game.
Western hit four home runs in the win. Besides Para, Jessue Alvardo homered in the second inning, Parra homered Randy Joung homered in the sixth inning.
The Pioneers pounded out 13 hits in the game. Joung came off the bench and was three for three in the game. Sherman Lacrus was three for four while Rafeal Pena, Jessue Alvarado, Fraylin Paez all had two hit games.
Five relief pitchers finished off the game for Western Oklahoma St. Pioneers. Aneuris Rodriguez faced four batters in relief, while Jared Cook managed to record one out to aid the victory.
Control was a problem for the Western pitching staff who issued 10 walks and a hit batter. Seven of the 10 walks resulted in runs for the Mountaineers.
“Too many walks,” Western Coach Kurt Russell said. “There’s room for improvement. But it was three good wins, they are good ball club. We’re hitting the ball, playing good defense. We’re in good shape.
Pioneer notes: Western is now 14-1 and took the number one ranking in NJCAA Division 2 baseball. The Pioneers were ranked no. 2 in the beginning of the season behind LSU-Eunice. The two teams switched spots in last week’s poll.
Western has a team batting average of .398. Alnardo Rodriguez leads the team with a .562 average.
Western hosted Seminole this afternoon.