Special to The Sun
Central Oklahoma tied a season long five-game winning streak as it swept Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association foe Lincoln in a doubleheader winning 9-1 and 12-2 on Friday afternoon at Wendell Simmons Field.
With the sweep, UCO improved to 14-4 and 10-4 in conference play, while Lincoln fell to 1-13 and 0-10 in the conference.
“It was a good win, anytime you can win two in conference it is a good thing,” head coach Dax Leone said. “Our pitching was really good today and we played clean defense and got timely hits. We have to come out tomorrow and take care of business, but it was overall a good team win today.”
The Bronchos got good starting pitching from Joe Hollowell and Ricky Reeves. Hollowell retired the first 11 hitters he faced before giving up a home run to Lincoln’s Ben Stewart. That was all the Blue Tigers could manage as Hollowell only allowed one other base runner over his six innings of work as he struck out seven.
Dilon Argo spotted the Bronchos the lead with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Phillip Wilson added a two-run double in the fifth and Josh Ingram broke the game open with a three-run double in the sixth.
Reeves also went six innings allowing just one run on four hits as he struck out a season-high 10 and improved his record to 4-0. Reeves retired 12 of the first 13 hitters he faced before yielding a couple of singles in the fifth.
The Bronchos pounded out 11 hits in support of Reeves as Dylan Raper went 3-for-3. Argo went 1-for-3 with a triple and three runs batted in. Brad Lamberti and Ingram also had two hits for the Bronchos.
The same two teams will resume action tomorrow with the first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m., but is subject to change due to the weather.