Jentezen Smith, Contributing Sports Writer
Oklahoma Baptist University took on the University of Arkansas at Monticello during a three-game weekend series on April 22nd and 23rd, going 1-2 and winning the final game of the series.
In the Friday afternoon game, the Bison could not quite get the bats going as they fell short to the Weevils, losing 1-11, with sophomore catcher Alex Schroeder driving in the lone run scored for the OBU team. That run marked Schroeder’s 57th drive over the course of the season (visit obubison.com for more info).
Saturday was a doubleheader for the Bison as they played a 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. game to finish off the series. In the first game, the Bison found their swing and tallied 16 hits, led by sophomore shortstop Jose Parga who had three hits, two RBIs, and a walk that game. Even though the Bison got going on offense, they fell just short in thirteen innings and lost 9-10.
In the second game of that set and the final series game, the Bison put together a complete team effort to win 5-0, beating out the Weevils. Junior pitcher Jake Hamilton led the way, striking out six in a three-hit shutout to get the winning decision. Senior second baseman Ramon Gomez also made his mark for the Bison with two hits, a run batted in, and a walk.
With that win, the Bison improved to an overall game record of 22-20 (or a .524 win percentage) with a record of 12-6 at home and 7-12 away. The team is now 15-15 in conference play and looks to improve that record in their final three games of the conference.
The baseball squad only has five games left before the Great American Conference tournament which takes place May 7-10. The five games left include singular games against Emporia State and Northeastern State and one final conference matchup with a three-game series with Southern Nazarene at home.
The Bison seek to finish the regular season strong and enter the postseason on the right note while looking to make a run in the GAC tournament and leave their mark on the 2022 season after the final five games.