Baseball: Stars Storm Back To Capture Series Win Over Rams

Game 1 Recap

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The 10th ranked Oklahoma City Stars (14-8, 2-1 SAC) bounced back nicely as they swept the doubleheader with 17th ranked Texas Wesleyan Rams (16-11, 3-3 SAC) to secure the series win. In game 1 the Stars had everything going there way as they would win 24-0 over the Rams and in game 2 Oklahoma City closed out the series with a 5-3 victory over Texas Wesleyan.

Game 1: Stars Even Series 1-1 With Impressive Win Over Rams

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Oklahoma City Stars dominated this one with a 24-0 win over Texas Wesleyan. The Stars would have 9 extra base hits, including 5 being home runs on the afternoon.

Jake Patterson took the hill for the Stars in game 1 as he would throw a complete game shutout and allowed just 4 hits on the afternoon. Patterson had everything working in this one as he was able to sit down 12 batter via the strikeout for Oklahoma City. With the win Patterson improves to 2-2 on the season.

The Bats for the Stars put together an impressive 20 hit outing as they would be led by Cross Factor, who went 3-5 with a double and would hit 2 home runs (9). Factor finished the game with NAIA season high 9 RBI’s. John Anthon went 4-6 with 2 singles, double and a home run (1). Gunner Halter went 2-2 with a single and a home run (6). Tyler Williams would go 1-2 with a single. Noah Barks went 2-3 with a single and a double. Barks also finished with 2 RBI’s on the night. Peyton Crispin went 2-4 with a single and a home run (4). Jared Hazeldine went 1-2 with a single. Fredric Walter went 3-4 with 2 singles and a triple. Bryson Lierle went 2-3 with 2 singles for the Stars.

The Texas Wesleyan offense struggled in the first game as they would finish with 4 hits on the day. Dominick Padilla went 1-4 with a single for the Rams. Tanner Amaral went 1-2 with a single, to improve his hitting streak to 8 games. Joaquin Ballesteros went 1-3 with a single. Kevin Santiago went 1-3 with a single for Texas Wesleyan.

Texas Wesleyan Started game one with Jalen Evans as he threw 0.2 innings for the Rams and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits. With the loss Evans moves to 0-2 on the season. In relief the Rams called on Josh Brown, Nick Labbie and Ricky Arthur. Brown threw 0.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits. Labbie threw 1.2 innings for the Rams and allowed 9 runs on 5 hits. Arthur tallied 3 innings of work and allowed 2 earned runs on 5 hits.

Game 2: Stars Claim Series With Win Over Rams

In the final game of the series, Oklahoma City beat the Texas Wesleyan 5-3 to secure the series win.

Texas Wesleyan sent Jesse Ramirez to the mound , who would throw 5 innings and allow 4 earned runs on 9 hits for the Rams. Ramirez finished his outing with 4 strikeouts. With the loss he falls to 4-1 on the season. In relief the Rams called on Cameron Calhoun who would have a much better outing in game 3 as he would fire 1 scoreless inning and strikeout one for the Rams.

The bats for the Rams finish the series with a 6 hit outing as they would be led by Marcos Sanchez who went 2-3 with a single and a double. Sanchez would also finish his day with 2 RBI’s. Kaden Brown went 1-3 with a single. Tanner Amaral went 1-3 with a triple. Michael Higgins went 1-3 with a triple. Kevin Santiago went 1-3 with a single.

Oklahoma City sent righty Brandon Goldston to the mound and he would throw 4 innings for the Stars. Goldston allowed 4 earned runs on 9 hits and finished his day with 4 strikeouts. In relief the Stars got a good outing from Tanner Schoeninger as he threw 3 scoreless innings allowing just 1 hit for Oklahoma City. With the win Schoeninger moves to 3-0 on the season.

The Stars offense put together a 10 hit performance and were led by Dalton Reed who went 3-3 with a single, double and a home run (6). Gunner Halter went 1-3 with a double. Cross Factor went 2-4 with 2 singles. Tyler Williams went 1-4 with a double. Noah Barks went 1-3 with a single. Fredric Walter went 1-2 with a single. Dylan Taylor went 1-3 with a single for the Stars.

Oklahoma City’s INF/DH Noah Barks said “We started off the season in a rough patch where we weren’t playing up to our full potential, and we all knew that. After losing the first game Friday, we knew that we had to come out and make two statement wins Saturday to show everybody what we are capable of. Our team is extremely talented, and I think we also showed our character when we were able to bounce back and come through in the big situations.”

Up Next:

Texas Wesleyan: The Rams will be in action again on Tuesday, March 10 when they play Arlington Baptist College at Sycamore Park in Fort Worth, Texas.

Oklahoma City: The Stars will play Sterling (KAN.) on Tuesday, March 10 at Jim Wade Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Baseball: Stars Host Rams In Significant Top 25 Matchup

The #17 ranked Texas Wesleyan Rams (15-9, 2-1 SAC) head north to take on #10 ranked Oklahoma City Stars (12-7, 0-0 SAC) in a huge Sooner Athletic Conference Matchup. This top 25 showdown was set as the NAIA ball big series of the week.

This series is set to begin on Friday, March 6 and the first pitch will be at 4:00 PM. Saturday they will wrap up the series with a double header which will start at 1:00 PM with the second game to follow. All three games will be played at Jim Wade Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

History has been in favor of the Stars in recent years as they lead the series 18-8 dating back to 2013.

What To Know About Texas Wesleyan:

The Rams come into this series having lost their last two games and look to get back on track. Last weekend Texas Wesleyan took care of business winning the series over Southwestern Christian. The Rams are coached by head coach Bobby Garza, who is now in his third season as the head coach and previously spent four seasons as the assistant coach. His assistant is Kelly Shoppach who is now in his fourth season with the Rams.

Texas Wesleyan comes into this series with the offense hitting .309 as a team and are scoring 7 runs per contest on the season. The offense for the Rams is led by Joaquin Ballesteros who is hitting .397 with 1 home run and 13 RBI’s. Ballesteros has connected for 6 doubles on the season and has put together 31 hits which leads the Rams early in the season. Tanner Amaral is currently hitting .387 and has connected for 8 home runs. Michael Higgins is hitting .383 for the Rams and has hit a team high 9 home runs. Higgins also leads the Rams in RBI as he currently has 25 on the season, including 13 over the last five games.

The Rams pitching staff currently has a team ERA of 4.41 and opponents are hitting .261 against the arms of Texas Wesleyan. The leader for the Rams pitching staff has been Gabriel Sequeira as he is currently 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA and has struckout 64 over his 34 innings pitched. Opponents hit just .182 on the season against Sequeira. Jesse Ramirez is 4-0 on the season with a 1.35 ERA and he has also collected 1 save against LSU Alexandria. Ramirez has thrown 26.2 innings for the Rams and sat down 36 on the season via the strikeout. Josh Brown has been a reliable arm for the Rams as he is 3-0 on the season with a 1.32 ERA and is holding opponents to a .200 batting average. Brown has tallied 13.2 innings for Texas Wesleyan and has picked up 10 strikeouts over those innings.

Texas Wesleyan Head Coach Bobby Garza said “Should be another classic SAC contest between two great teams. Every pitch and at bat will be magnified. We look forward to competing against them.”

Rams Pitcher Jesse Ramirez said “I’m excited with how our team has been coming together. We are one cohesive unit, and more importantly we are having fun playing the game we love.”

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What To Know About Oklahoma City:

The Stars come into this series on a 5 game win streak, including a 12-2 win over #13 ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan. This will be the Sooner Athletic Conference series opener for the Stars as they swept Bacone last weekend. The Stars are coached by Denney Crabaugh who is now in his thirty-first season with Oklahoma City and just recently hit the 1,500 victory earlier this season. He is assisted by Keith Lytle who is also in his thirty-first season with the Stars.

The offense for Oklahoma City is currently sitting at a .321 batting average as a team and they are averaging 9 runs per game. The Stars offense is led by Tyler Williams who is currently hitting .417 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI’s. His 10 home runs on the season puts him tied for third in the NAIA. Gunner Halter is hitting .397 and has added on 5 home runs with 15 RBI’s for the Stars. Halter has recorded a hit in every game but three for the Stars and has now picked up 6 hits over his last 3 games. Cross Factor is hitting .371 with 7 home runs and 32 RBI’s for Oklahoma City. Factor is currently ranked 8th in total RBI’s in the NAIA.

The Stars pitching staff currently has a 5.88 team ERA on the season and are holding opponents to a .270 batting average. The staff is lead by Aaron McGeorge, who is 3-0 with 3.91 ERA and has struckout 29 over his 25.1 innings of work for the Stars. McGeorge is holding opposing hitters to a .269 batting average on the season. Jake Patterson is 1-2 with a 4.43 ERA early in the season and opponents are hitting .312 on Patterson. He will be a big piece for the Stars if they are looking to come away with the win this weekend. Brandon Goldston is currently 3-2, has thrown 27 innings for the Stars and opposing teams are hitting .284 against him.

Oklahoma City Pitcher Jake Patterson said “It should be a fun weekend, two good teams that have played each other close the past couple seasons, should be a good challenge for both of us, looking forward to it.”

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Special Guest Pickers:

Cody From @NAIABall on twitter

Pick: 2-1 Oklahoma City

“First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with Texas Wesleyan’s Matthew Espinosa and Oklahoma City’s Caleb Davis as both players are battling cancer off the field. Unique situation this weekend where rivals understand baseball is bigger than a game.

I’m taking Oklahoma City to win the series 2-1. I like Texas Wesleyan to win the opener behind the arm of Gabriel Sequeria (1.85 ERA, 64 K). But look for Oklahoma City to rebound at home on Saturday in two close ball games to pull out the much needed series win.” ”

Robby Gutierrez from @NAIABall on twitter

Pick: 2-1 Texas Wesleyan

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Drovers Drop 2 Games to the Rams 

Game 1 

To open day 3 of the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament, The Texas Wesleyan Rams beat the USAO Drovers 8-4.

The bats for the Drovers collected 10 hits and were led by Kenniel Rivera who went 2-3 with 2 singles.  Hayden Sloane went 2-4 with 2 singles, Henry Rodriguez went 2-4 with 2 singles, Frankely Gonzalez went 1-4 with a single, Christian Perez went 1-4 with a single, Dillon White went 1-4 with a single and Alexander Cortes went 1-4 with a double. The starting pitcher was Carson Corff and he went 7 innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits.

The bats for the Rams gathered 11 hits and were led by Blake Seaton who went 3-4 with 2 singles and a double.  Caden Williams went 2-3 with a double and a home run, Kiki Menendez went 2-4 with a single and a double, Luis Roman 1-3 with a double, Dylan Measells went 1-3 with a double, Alex Gudac went 1-3 with a single and Garrett Crook went 1-2 with a home run.

Game 2

In this elimination game, the Texas Wesleyan Rams beat the USAO Drovers 14-9.

In this game USAO collected 18 hits and were led by Randy Ventura who went 3-5 with a single, a double and a home run.  Dillon White went 3-4 with a single and 2 double, Frankely Gonzalez went 3-5 with 3 singles, Henry Rodriguez went 3-4 with 2 singles and a double, Hayden Sloane went 2-5 with 2 singles, Alexander Cortes went 1-4 with a single, Christian Perez went 1-6 with a single, Wyatt Hull went 1-5 with a single and Kenniel Rivera went 1-5 with a single. The starting pitcher for USAO was Ruddy Estrella, who went 2 2/3 giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits. One of the relief pitchers was Corey Korenic who went 2 1/3 giving up 3 runs on 3 hits. The second relief pitcher was Trevor Settles wh went 3 1/3 giving up 4 runs on 6 hits.

The Rams gathered 16 hits and were led by Alex Gudac who went 3-4 with 2 singles and a double.  Casey Moses went 3-6 with 2 singles and a home run, Caden Williams went 2-5 with 2 singles, Luis Roman went 1-6 with a single, Kiki Menendez went 2-5 with 2 home runs, Aiden Laurini went 2-3 with 2 singles, Dylan Measells went 2-5 with 2 singles and Julio Ibarra went 1-3 with a single.

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Randy Ventura after a home run with Coach Ross.