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March 10, 2014

North grad fuels OCU

OKLA. CITY — Oklahoma City University clobbered St. Gregory’s 12-3 on Sunday at Jim Wade Stadium supported by three runs batted in by freshman Jared Baker out of Edmond North High School.

Ryan Wright, a junior from Fruitland, Idaho, drove in four runs while going 3-for-5 with a double and his first home run with OCU. The Stars, ranked fifth in NAIA baseball, improved to 14-3, 6-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Wright hammered a three-run homer over the right-field wall as part of a six-run eighth inning for OCU. The Stars took advantage of drawing four walks in the inning as Adam Clark and Josh Halbert got on before Wright’s blast. Jared Baker added his own three-run homer to right in the inning after Connor Lynch and Forrest Smith walked.

OCU hit four homers on the day to bring its season total to an NAIA-high 23. Smith put the Stars on the scoreboard with a two-run shot beyond the right-field wall in the first. Lynch nailed a 3-0 pitch past the left-center field wall for a solo blast in the third.

After St. Gregory's scored twice in the bottom of the third, Chris Valdes smacked an RBI triple in the fourth to put OCU up 4-2. The Stars scored again in the fifth and sixth innings.

In the fifth, Brett Dixon — running for Lynch — reached home plate on a balk. Wright tacked on a run-scoring double to right in the sixth. OCU led 6-2.

The Stars smashed 12 hits to reach double digits in hits for the fifth time this year. Smith, a senior from Bakersfield, Calif., went 2-for-4, drove in two runs and scored twice, and Lynch, a junior from Marietta, Ga., went 2-for-4, scored a run and brought in a run.

Valdes, a sophomore from Tampa, Fla., came off the pine to be 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, while Baker, a freshman from Edmond North, drove in three runs. Clark, a junior from St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, scored twice and went 1-for-2.

Michael Nolan snagged the victory for OCU to improve to 3-0. Nolan, a junior left-hander from Yonkers, N.Y., struck out eight while giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk in eight innings. He logged 114 pitches. Ricky Spain, a sophomore righty from Norman finished on the mound for OCU.

The Stars have moved their first pitch vs. Roosevelt (Ill.) to 5 p.m. Monday at Jim Wade Stadium.

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