OKLAHOMA CITY (May 7, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian pitcher Cale Coshow fanned nine batters but received no run support as the Eagles lost 2-0 to Central Baptist (Ark.) on Tuesday afternoon in the opening game of the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region baseball tournament.
OC (22-23) now will have to win three elimination games to qualify for next week’s NCCAA Championship, starting with an 11 a.m. game Wednesday against Central Baptist (26-26). The winner of that game will play Ecclesia (Ark.) at 3 p.m. Ecclesia (25-20) beat Central Baptist 6-4 on Tuesday night. An if-necessary game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday.
The Eagles managed only six hits, all singles, against Central Baptist right-hander Michael Newby (4-6). OC never advanced a runner past second base and stranded seven men. The Eagles, who suffered their fourth shutout of the season, have lost five straight games.
Coshow (3-4) pitched his second complete game of the season, allowing just five hits and walking one. Unfortunately for the Eagles, two of those hits went for extra bases and both runners scored for the Mustangs.
Lester Clark led off the fourth inning with a solo home run over the left-field fence. Brady Brashier doubled to left field to start the sixth inning for Central Baptist and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by A.J. Allen. Coshow intentionally walked Clark, and Clark and Brashier successfully executed a double steal, with Brashier scoring to put the Mustangs up 2-0.
OC tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh. Caleb Price reached on an error by Central Baptist shortstop Nick Gracey and Cory Eastwood followed with an infield single. But Jordan Lopez fouled out to Clark, Central Baptist’s catcher, and Clark then threw out Price at third base as the Eagles attempted a double steal.
The only other inning in which the Eagles managed multiple baserunners was the fifth, as Price doubled to left field with one out, then Lopez walked with two out, but Markus Carr flew out to right field to end the threat.