Courtesy Ouachita Baptist University Athletics Department
ARKADELPHIA, Ark.- The Ouachita Tigers (0-4) returned to the diamond on Saturday, continuing their season opening series against the No. 16 Rams of Angelo State University (4-0). In the first game of the day, the Tigers bullpen struggled, giving up 16 runs in a 16-6 loss. In the second game of the afternoon things continued to play against the Tigers, as they dropped a 13-1 final to the Rams.
The Tigers and Rams were engaged in a tight battle early on, with Angelo jumping out to a 2-1 advantage after the first inning. Neither team was able to come up with another run until the fourth inning, when the Tigers tied the game up at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly to right field by Landon Flax that scored Chris Tavares from third base.
Angelo State responded to the Tiger run with three of their own, regaining the lead on a pair of sacrifice flies and a runner who advanced home on a pickoff attempt to second base from Ouachita.
The Tigers answered again though, putting up three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Tavares singled to center field, bringing in two runs for the team, while Jace Melby knocked in a run shortly after on a left field double.
Unfortunately, the Tigers struggled from that point on, giving up 11 runs to the Rams and only scoring one of their own. Angelo scored four runs in the seventh, one in the eights and six in the ninth, while the Tigers only run of the last four innings came in the bottom of the ninth.
Josh Everett was credited with the loss for the Tigers while Jake Albert took the win for the Rams.
In the second game of the afternoon, the Tigers were just unable to answer the bats of the Rams. Angelo State put eight runs on the board before the Tigers even got their first and finished the game with 19 hits to the Tigers’ five.
Ouachita’s only RBI came from Sean Noland, who started the game at designated hitter. Melby recorded two walks in the game, while McCrae Jones finished the game one of two and was the only runner who crossed home plate.
Luis de Jesus took the loss in the game, giving up six earned runs in four innings on the mound. Jake Feckley took the win for the Rams, holding the Tigers to three hits and a run in five innings of work.
The Tigers look to rebound from a tough opening weekend next Saturday, when they kick off a four game series against Tarleton State. First pitch is scheduled for noon.