Baseball Wins 6th Straight

(BETHANY, OKLA.)---The Crimson Storm baseball team upped their win streak to seven games with a 6-3 victory over Oklahoma Baptist on Thursday afternoon at home. SNU improves to 26-10 on the year and 8-2 in Sooner Athletic Conference play with the win.

SNU did most of their damage in the first inning of the game on Thursday. SNU’s Brent Hardin, Cody White, and Brian Madden each drew walks to start the contest, setting up the Storm’s clean-up hitter, Chris Hardin, with a golden opportunity with no outs. Hardin took advantage of the opportunity, delivering a monstrous grand slam over the left-centerfield fence, putting SNU up 4-0. The homer was Hardin’s 16th of the year.

The 4-0 lead proved to be all SNU starting pitcher, Seth Marchant, needed. The junior mowed down Bison batter through six innings, holding a no-hitter through five and two thirds innings of work. Marchant struck out eleven in six innings of work and did not get in trouble until the top of the sixth when OBU began a comeback with two outs, scoring three runs. The Bison’s three run sixth cut SNU’s lead to 4-3.

The Storm’s Grant Ledbetter picked up where Marchant left off, striking out four in the final three innings and not allowing a hit. The Storm offense helped close out the game, putting two runs across in the eighth to seal the win.

In the eighth, Cody White was hit by a pitch with one out and Nathan Eveatt was sent in to pinch run. Chris Hardin followed with a walk and Spencer Selby delivered a double, scoring Eveatt and Hardin, giving SNU the 6-3 victory.

On the mound, SNU’s Seth Marchant improved to 7-1 on the year with the win. Marchant struck out eleven in six innings of work and allowed only three hits. Grant Ledbetter picked up his second save of the year, striking out four in three innings of relief and not allowing a hit. OBU’s Ronnie Ball picked up the loss.

Southern Nazarene and Oklahoma Baptist will finish their series on Saturday afternoon in Shawnee, with the doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.