SHAWNEE, Okla. — Bethany College’s baseball team fought the good fight Monday, losing a pair of close games to No. 11-ranked Oklahoma Baptist.
The Swedes fell 5-4 and 4-0 to the Bison.
"We knew we would be in for a challenge squaring off against the preseason 11th-ranked team in the country," Bethany coach Andrew Bartman said. "I am proud of the way our guys competed until the very end today. Obviously, losing on a walk-off hit in the seventh like we did in Game One was not the outcome we were hoping for, but Jordan Geiger (SR, Garden Grove, CA) pitched tremendous and kept us in it. The same as all year, we are one hit or one play away from busting through and being good. Game Two we couldn't get going offensively. Their pitcher did a great job keeping us off balance. We look forward to the Midwest weather this week, trying to figure out when/if we will play next."
The Swedes scored early in game one, plating three in the top of the first. Sammuel Ramirez (JR, Hilmar, CA) was hit by a pitch,Pablo Contreras (SR, Long Beach, CA) singled and Ramirez scored on a RBI single by Nick Lucchesi (SR, Valley Springs, CA). Contreras scored on a RBI single by Aaron Huerta (SR, Silver City, NM), and Lucchesi scored on a Jordan Geiger RBI single.
Bethany added its fourth run in the top of the second as Ramirez singled and scored on a RBI double by Daniel Hordo (SR, Los Angeles, CA).
The Bison scored two runs in the third, cutting the Bethany lead to two. After a scoreless fourth, OBU tied the game at four in the fifth. Neither team scored in the sixth, and the Swedes came up empty in the top of the seventh. OBU squeezed a run in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Bethany, 5-4.
Huerta went 2-3 with one RBI as Hordo, Lucchesi and Geiger each added one hit and one RBI. Ramirez scored two runs while Contreras and Lucchesi tacked one one run apiece. Ramirez and Erik Pedersen (JR, Highlands Ranch, CO) both contributed one hit. Huerta and Ramirez each snagged one stolen base.
Geiger got the start on the mound for the Swedes, throwing six innings and allowing five earned runs off eight hits, walking two and striking out seven.
After two scoreless innings in Game Two, OBU scored four in the bottom of the third inning. Neither team scored the remainder of the game as Bethany fell 4-0.
Ramirez, Hordo, Huerta, Lucchesi and Geiger recorded one hit each.
Taylor Plante (SR, Russell, KS) threw two innings, allowing three earned runs off four hits and one walk. Steven Gillespie (SO, Gardner, KS) pitched one inning, allowing one hit and striking out one. Robert Johnson (SO, Riverside, CA) tallied three innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one.
The Swedes are currently 6-10 overall. It is scheduled to host Hastings College on Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, for a noon doubleheader each day, weather permitting.