EDMOND — Matt Johnson drove in seven runs to spark streaking Central Oklahoma to a doubleheader sweep of Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rival Emporia State Wednesday afternoon at Wendell Simmons Field.
Johnson had four RBI in a 9-7 first-game triumph that saw the Bronchos rally from a 7-1 deficit and the junior third baseman drove in three runs during an 8-5 victory in the nightcap that ran UCO’s winning streak to six straight.
The Bronchos improved to 8-4 on the season and in the MIAA with the sweep. UCO travels to St. Charles, Mo. this weekend to meet league rival Lindenwood in a three-game series.
ESU appeared in control in the opener with a 7-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Bronchos erupted for four runs in that frame to get back in the game and then put up another four-spot in the sixth to pull out the win.
Johnson cranked a two-out homer and Ryan Stoup added an RBI double in the fifth, with UCO picking up another run on an error to pull within 7-5.
The Bronchos scored all four sixth-inning runs with two outs, with Edgar Lopez drawing a walk to start the rally. Tyler Crabtree followed with a single and then Johnson delivered a two-run double to tie the game before Jared Wright followed with a go-ahead two-run homer.
Ethan Sharp earned the pitching win, giving up one hit and striking out two in going the last 1 2/3 innings.
Johnson, Wright and Robbie Hoffman had two hits apiece to pace the offense.
UCO prevailed in the nightcap despite being outhit 14-11, overcoming an early 1-0 deficit with a four-run volley in the third as Matt Malloy drilled a three-run homer and Johnson added an RBI double.
Johnson had a two-run single in the sixth when the Bronchos pushed their lead to 7-2 and Wright answered an ESU run in the top of the eighth with an RBI single to keep UCO in front 8-3.