Special to The Sun
BOLIVAR, Mo. —
Wacey Henderson and Matt Johnson had three hits apiece to pace a 15-hit attack that carried Central Oklahoma to a 13-3 rout of Southwest Baptist here Friday afternoon.
The Bronchos erupted for seven runs in the sixth inning to break open a close game and take an 11-3 lead before adding two more in the eighth to end the game early on the 10-run rule.
UCO managed to salvage one win in the season-opening three-game Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association series with the Bearcats, breaking loose after scoring just two runs in dropping a doubleheader Thursday.
“It’s always nice to get that first win under our belt and especially in conference,” head coach Dax Leone said. “Our players responded very well today and executed on both sides of the ball.”
Henderson went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in and Johnson had a pair of doubles in a 3-for-4 outing to pace the Bronchos. Matt Malloy, Eric Garza and Cameron Mavroulis added two hits apiece.
Jake Tuck earned the pitching win, giving up just two hits while striking out four in 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief work. Ryan Miller started and went the first 4 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and three runs.
UCO took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Johnson’s run-scoring double to center field, but the Bearcats came back to tie it in their first at bat and it stayed 1-1 until the Bronchos pushed across three runs in the fourth.
Henderson had an RBI single and Cesar Wong a run-scoring sacrifice bunt in that frame, with SBU scoring twice in the fifth to pull with 4-3.
UCO put the game away in the sixth with its seven-run volley, with Mavroulis’ two-run single and Tyler Crabtree’s two-run double the big blows. Malloy and Henderson added RBI base hits as the Bronchos pushed their lead to 11-3.
Jared Wright’s RBI double and another run-scoring single by Henderson made it 13-3 in the eighth and enabled UCO to end the game early.
The Bronchos will be back in action next Wednesday, traveling to Pittsburg State for a 1 p.m. MIAA doubleheader.
Broncho softball splits in Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. — No. 16-ranked Central Oklahoma managed just one run in splitting a pair of games on the first day of the rugged NFCA Leadoff Classic here Friday.
Kalynn Schrock threw a complete-game five-hitter and Ally Dziadula drove in the lone run to lift the Bronchos to a 1-0 shutout of No. 6 Minnesota State-Mankato in the opener before Missouri-St. Louis handed UCO a 3-0 setback.
The Bronchos, now 4-2 on the young season, return Saturday to take on No. 2 UC San Diego and No. 8 Augustana.
UCO scored the only run it would need in the first game in the third inning when Hannah Justus reached on an error, stole second and came home on Dziadula’s double.
Schrock scattered five hits while striking out 10 and walking three in picking up the pitching win. She escaped a major jam in the third when the Mavericks loaded the bases with one out, getting out of trouble with a pair of fly outs.
The Bronchos were limited to five hits in the loss to UMSL.