ABILENE, Texas - The McMurry baseball team dropped a wild, 14-13 decision to Oklahoma Christian in game that saw both Jordan Kennedy and Casey Berryman notch career-best games on Monday.
Oklahoma Christian managed 14 runs in the game, but totaled just nine RBI as the combination of untimely errors, as well as a few passed balls and wild pitches ultimately cost McMurry the game.
In the top of the first, Oklahoma Chrsitian struck for a run. With a runner on second, Dillon Andrews roped a double to left-center field, scoring Jordan Lopez to make the score 1-0.
After the teams then traded hitless half innings, the War Hawks came back with a three-run bottom of the second. Cody Howard led of the inning with a single to left and then moved to second on a wild pitch. Jordan Kennedy then reached on a walk and Nick Marsh reached base on a bunt.
With the bases loaded and no one out, the next batter was struck out, and Howard was caught in a run down and thrown out at home. With two away in the inning, Greg Koll singled through the middle to score both Kennedy and Marsh to give McM the 2-1 lead. Adam Neubauer then scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 3-1.
However, in the top of third, Oklahoma Christian came out and hung a five-spot in the frame. With two runners on, and a run already in, Andrews came through with his second RBI double, this time scoring two runs, to give OC the 4-3 lead. Then, a wild pitch and an error by the War Hawks' shortstop allowed two more runs to score in the frame to make the lead 6-3 in favor of the Eagles. But these two offenses were far from done.
After adding a run in the bottom of the third on Berryman's first RBI on the day (a single that scored Jordan Kennedy), the War Hawks re-took the lead by hanging another three runs in the bottom of the fourth.
With Koll on third and Ruben Zendejas on second, Dylan De Leon came through with a two-RBI single to tie the game at 6-6. After a walk to Cody Howard and a single by Kennedy loaded the bases, Berryman came through with his second RBI single of the afternoon to help McM retake the lead, 7-6.
Oklahoma Christian would not go away, however, as they re-captured the lead, scoring a run on a bases-loaded walk, and on a wild pitch to go up 8-7.
McMurry responded in the next half inning, with its biggest inning of the game, scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs in the frame, Dylan De Leon got things going, singling in Koll from second base to tie the game at 8-8. Howard then reached on a fielding error and Kennedy came through with his third hit of the afternoon, a RBI single that scored De Leon to give McMurry the 9-8 advantage.
Nick Marsh then loaded the bases with a two-out walk, and Berryman came through yet again, this time with a two-RBI base knock that plated Kennedy and Howard to give McM the 11-8 lead.
Oklahoma Christian would once again respond, this time, scoring six unanswered runs between the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to go up 14-11.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the War Hawks once again got some two-out magic. With Neubauer on second and two away, Jeremy Ruiz hit a base knock up the middle that scored Neubauer to cut the lead to 14-12. With the bases loaded once again, Kennedy came through with his fourth hit of the ball game, scoring Ruiz, however, De Leon was thrown out on a play at the plate, and the War Hawks inning ended still trailing, 14-13.
As spectacular as the game was, the ninth inning went by with just a whisper, as just one man reached base in either half of the inning (McMurry's Neubauer reached on an error), and the War Hawks fell 14-13.
Offensively for the War Hawks, Kennedy set a career-mark, tallying four hits, two RBI, and three runs scored in the game. Berryman also had a career day, knocking in four RBI in a 3-for-6 performance. De Leon added three RBI while Greg Koll and Ruiz drove in two runs and one run, respectively.
The War Hawks will be back in action on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20 when they travel to Laredo, Texas for a three-game series with Texas A&M – International. The teams will play a double header on Friday starting at noon with a nine-inning contest scheduled for Saturday, also slated for a noon start.
Information for this story provided by McMurry Sports Information.