KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech (11-28, 5-17 NAIA-W) earned two more wins in NAIA-West play Saturday against Corban University (10-23, 8-12 NAIA-W) as a powerful first inning and strong pitching from John Schulz gave them a 13-1 victory in game one and 8-2 win in game two.
Game 1: Oregon Tech 13 Corban University 1
After holding the Warriors to only a single hit in the top of the first, the Owls brought the offense in the bottom of the inning in the first game of the day.
Micah Jio started things off – scoring a run on a wild pitch – and Tristan Shea followed with a single to score two. Austin Florez, Jio, and Kai Fong each batted in a run on singles to bring the score to 6-0 before the Warrior defense could end the inning.
OIT doubled their score in the third and fourth as Florez and Shea homered and Jio and Fong each singled to bring the lead to 12-0.
Daniel Freiburger scored one for Corban in the sixth on an unearned run, but Tech defense didn't give them a chance to get further than that. Xzavian Gonzales batted in the 13th run in the bottom of the sixth before the game ended in the seventh.
Schulz struck out 10 in the game and held the Warriors to only three hits.
Florez was 3-of-4 in the game and batted in two runs. Michael Tarakhchyan, Shea, Fong, and Jio each had two hits in the game, with Shea batting in four runs and Jio delivering three.
Game 2: Oregon Tech 8 Corban University 2
The Owls got off to a good start in the second game as well, as Austin Zavala and Shea batted in two runs in the bottom of the first to take the team to a 2-0 lead.
Jio earned another in the second with a single, and Gonzales doubled in the fourth to bat in two more and scored on an error later in the inning to bring the score to 6-0.
The Corban offense was able to break through in the seventh, scoring on a wild pitch and a single to drop Tech's lead to four at 6-2.
However, Emmett Covello and Fong each batted in a run in the eighth to reach the final score and the Warriors were unable to counter despite adding two hits in the ninth before reaching three outs.
Jio hit 3-of-5 and Tarakhchyan hit 3-of-4 and Fong and Josh Kallstrom each notched two hits in the win.
The Hustlin' Owls will go up against Corban University in a second doubleheader on Sunday, with games taking place at 11:00am and 2:00pm at Kiger Stadium as part of a "Weekend for Faith" as the team will be raising money for Faith Seta and her brave battle against cancer.
Faith is a 4-year old Klamath Falls girl who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer. All the proceeds from the weekend will be donated to help Faith and her treatment. Sunday, April 7 will be Faith's 5th birthday. She and her family will be on hand to throw out the first pitch at 11:00 am. Oregon Tech invites the entire community to come out and support Faith.
The Hustlin' Owls will donate 100% of the gate proceeds, along with all donations, to Faith. Both Oregon Tech and Corban teams will wear gold shoe laces as part of the Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer.
Press release from Oregon Tech Sports Information, Mike Garrard - Director of Sports Information and Marketing
4/7/19 | 11:00 AM