Sat, May. 12, 2012 - [Baseball]
Eastern Oklahoma State out-pitched, out-hit and out-played the Trojans tonight in third-round action of the NJCAA Region II Division I Baseball Tournament in Jenks, Oklahoma. The Mountaineers defeated the Trojans 6-1. Seminole's loss sends the tournament into its fourth and final day with three teams remaining, all with one loss apiece. The Trojans will take on Connors State at 1 pm Sunday in an elimination game with the winner advancing to play Eastern in the championship game at approximately 4 pm.
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After losing five straight games to Seminole this season including a hard fought second round loss yesterday, Eastern struck first in the top of the second when they connected for two solo home runs off of Seminole starter Cale Russell (Norman, OK). The Trojans answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the second to make it a 2-1 game. Frank Arena (Stillwater, OK) and Ryan Wilson (Owasso, OK) both walked and Mictchell Osburn's (Broken Arrow, OK) RBI single to left filed scored Arena from second base. That would be the last offense the Trojans could muster for the game. Eastern's staff scattered four other hits without allowing another run through the end of the nine inning affair.
Cale Russell (1-2) absorbed the loss for the Trojans and pitched four complete innings giving up three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Middle reliever Stephen Williams (Piedmont, OK) entered in the top of the fifth and surrendered two runs on three hits in an inning and a third of work. He struck out two and walked one before yielding to Matt Contreras (Grand Prairie, TX) in the sixth inning. Contreras ended an Eastern rally with a double play grounder to end the sixth and gave up one run on two hits the rest of the way. Eastern improved to 34-20 on the year and the Trojans fell to 41-14.
Seminole is now faced with having to defeat Connors and Eastern back to back to claim another Region II title and advance to South Central District play next weekend. Acting head coach, Brady Huston, said "We made some uncharacteristic mistakes for this time of year and they (Eastern) took full advantage.We are going to have to stay hooked up and play with a lot of energy tomorrow." The Trojans are a combined 9-2 this season against Connors and Eastern.