WOOSTER, Ohio – The sixth-ranked College of Wooster baseball team scored 13 of its 16 runs in the seventh inning on Saturday as the Fighting Scots erupted for a 10-spot in the first game to run-rule Oberlin College 16-6 but the Yeomen exploded for four runs to take game two 7-3 in extra innings on Saturday afternoon at Art Murray Field.
Wooster (11-3, 1-1 North Coast Athletic Conference East Division) overcame a four-run deficit in game one, and eventually caught up with Oberlin (10-7, 1-1 NCAC East Division) in the sixth inning. Senior Ryan Ostendorf started that frame with a walk and moved up to third on sophomore Chandler Dippman's double. In fact, the first five batters of the inning reached safely with pinch-hitter Harrison Walls knocking a RBI single through the left side of the infield to make it 6-4 before junior Jake Fling laced a two-run single through the left side to tie the game.
|Senior Jamie Lackner finished a triple shy of the cycle in game one.|
In the seventh, Wooster's first seven hitters reached safely, and three of them did so on doubles. First, senior Jamie Lackner plugged the gap with a leadoff double and came in to score on a bases-loaded walk with Dippman at the plate. Then, sophomore Jacob Stuursma and junior Drew Tornow clubbed back-to-back doubles with three runs coming in to score in the process. Next, first-year Nick Strausbaugh lifted a sacrifice fly out to left field prior to Lackner drawing the second bases-loaded walk of the inning two batters later. After Lackner's at bat, sophomore Garrett Crum and Ostendorf each hit two-run base knocks to end the game.
Notable, Lackner hit his first home run of the season in the bottom of the first, and finished a triple shy of the cycle during a 4-for-4 game that saw the Scots' first baseman come through with three runs and two RBI. Sophomore Garrett Crum backed that up with three hits, two runs, and two RBI, while in total, seven Scots recorded multiple RBI in the game.
Of note, Ostendorf caught three would-be base-stealers in the first game.
In the second game, Wooster was again forced to play catch-up, and the Scots pulled even with the Yeomen in the bottom of the seventh. Wooster's speed on the bases helped extend the inning as sophomore Michael Wielansky hit a slow chopper to short with the bases loaded, and Dippman and Fling were able to hustle to third and second respectively prohibiting Oberlin's Sam Harris from having time to make a play on either runner. Then, Lackner drew a bases-loaded walk with Crum reaching on a fielder's choice to plate the final run of the inning.
Oberlin nipped at Wooster's heels in the ninth inning as the go-ahead run made it to third base before senior Michael Whitaker struck out Oberlin's Amari Newman to end the inning. However, the Yeomen erupted for four runs in the 10th inning with Ian Dinsmore doing the most damage with a two-run double to the left-center gap.
Wielansky led the way offensively with a 3-for-5 game while sophomore Brian Murray struck out three during his two innings of relief work.
Wooster and Oberlin close out their four-game series on Sunday with first pitch slated for noon.