Clarksville, Ark.--The U of O baseball team dropped three games to LeTourneau University over the weekend, but still mathematically remain in the American Southwest Conference playoff hunt.
The Eagles (18-17, 6-12) went into a 12-inning marathon on Friday only to lose 7-6 in the first game of the conference series. On Saturday, LeTourneau (13-19, 6-12) then handed Ozarks a 2-10 loss and a 3-4 loss. To make the post-season playoffs, the Eagles will need to win all three games against Louisiana College this weekend, and UT-Dallas will need to lose all three games to Austin College. With Ozarks leading 5-4 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, LeTourneau scored one run to tie the contest and send the game into extra innings. Ozarks scored first in the top of the tenth when Todd Koch scored on a Tyler Gideon single. However, LeTourneau would answer with one run in the bottom half of the inning. After a scoreless eleventh inning, LeTourneau scored the game-winner in the bottom of the twelfth when the Yellow Jackets hit a double. Ozarks had 16 hits, with Justin Brown and Anthony Brandon each collecting three hits. Brett Hays had two RBI and smashed his third home run of the season in the contest. Kyle Hudson (0-2) received the loss. LeTourneau took momentum into Saturday’s first contest and came out with a four-run first inning to put the game away early. Ozarks wouldn’t score until the fifth inning when Caleb Hilton and Chris Harrell crossed the plate. Todd Koch (0-1) took the loss. In game two on Saturday, LeTourneau took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth and would hold off the Eagles for the remainder of the game to finish with a sweep. Ozarks held a 1-0 advantage through three innings of play before LeTourneau took the lead for good in the fifth. Ozarks stranded 14 runners on base in the game and out hit LeTourneau 13-8. Brian Heckmann, Hudson, Brandon each had three hits. Curt Dixon (3-4) received the loss.