By Randy Bruce
March 8, 2014
DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern gave up a two run lead in the ninth inning of the opener against Arkansas Tech before falling 4-3 in 13 innings, only to suffer the hangover from the game one loss in a 5-1 defeat in game two on Friday afternoon in Durant, Okla.
The losses drop the Savage Storm record to 9-10 overall and 4-7 in Great American Conference play.
The teams will play the final game of the series on Saturday.
SE put the first run of the day on the board in the fifth inning, taking advantage of a Chevis Springer two-out single, when he stole second and moved to third on an error to come home on a Jacob Carter single.
Cody Coats picked up the second run by stealing home after leading off the seventh inning with a double.
ATU, however, erased the Storm advantage with an RBI double followed by the game-tying run scoring with two outs on an error that would have ended the game.
The Wonder Boys pushed ahead with a solo homer in the top of the 12th inning, but Springer single-handedly answered by reaching on an HBP, stealing second and moving to third on an error before coming home on a wild pitch to knot the score at 3-3.
ATU answered with another solo homer in the top of the 13th and the Storm had no response, falling 4-3 in 13 innings.
Springer posted three of the five Storm hits on the day, finishing 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of steals.
Carter collected SE’s lone RBI.
Jaime Paxton got the start and tossed 6.2 innings and allowing no runs on four hits with seven strikeouts but leaving with a no decision.
Mason Crenshaw tossed the final 6.1 innings in relief, allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits with four K’s and was saddled with the loss, his first of the year.
In the nightcap, Collin Sefcik and Ryan Salter picked up SE’s two hits, while Jacob Soisson drove in the lone run.
Canyon Conley got the start on the hill and tossed 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in the loss.
Mathew Benedict threw the final 1.2 innings and allowed a run on three hits.
ATU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but the Storm answered with a Soisson sac fly in the bottom of the second that plated Sefcik, taking advantage of his leadoff triple and cutting the score to 2-1.
The Wonder Boys would add two more in the sixth and another in the seventh, while SE stranded four runners over the final five innings, including two in scoring position, leaving the score 5-1.