Coshow, Burgess handcuff UCO as Eagles win 5-1

Cale Coshow struck out nine batters in OC's 5-1 win over Central Oklahoma on Friday.
Cale Coshow struck out nine batters in OC's 5-1 win over Central Oklahoma on Friday.

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 5, 2013) – Cale Coshow and Chris Burgess combined to strike out 14 batters and allow only five hits, lifting Oklahoma Christian past Central Oklahoma 5-1 on Friday night at Dobson Field.

Jordan Lopez, Markus Carr and Dillon Andrews each delivered an RBI single during a four-run third inning for OC (19-15), which snapped a season-long four-game losing streak. UCO (17-15) dropped its fifth straight game.

The Bronchos had two hits and scored their only run in the first inning against Coshow (3-2), but he gained strength as the game progressed. Coshow recorded a season-high nine strikeouts and retired the last eight UCO batters he faced.

UCO’s Tyler Crabtree opened the game with a single to center field, stole second base, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single to center by Jared Wright.

After the first inning, Coshow ran into trouble only once. A walk, a hit batsman and an infield single loaded the bases for the Bronchos with two outs in the third, but Coshow recovered to strike out Dilon Argo to end the threat.

OC had six hits in the game, five of them in the third inning against UCO starter Mason Justice (3-2). Caden Cleveland led off with a single to center, and one out later, Cory Eastwood also singled to center. Lopez followed with a run-scoring single to left, and Carr singled to left-center field to put OC up 2-1, taking second base on the throw home to try and nab Eastwood.

Andrews singled to center, scoring Lopez and Carr to make it 4-1.

OC’s other run came in the seventh. Jerry Owen drew a leadoff walk, and pinch-runner Sean Murphy eventually scored on a two-out single by Eastwood. Justice struck out six batters in seven innings on the mound for the Bronchos.

Burgess entered the game in the eighth and struck out the Bronchos in order. He recorded two more strikeouts in the ninth. UCO managed only one baserunner during the final four innings and left eight men on base for the game.

The Eagles will travel across Edmond to play at UCO on Saturday at 2 p.m.