The Ouachita Tigers scored a double hit on Oklahoma Baptist Monday in a Great American Conference game at Bobby Cox Field in Ford Park.
The Tiger offense put constant pressure on Bison’s staff and ended up with 26 points and 29 hits in the two games.
Ouachita had nine runs in the first set alone en route to a 16-11 victory in Game 1.
In that first period, the visitors had four hits, including a two-run single from Tallon Heiner and a two-out grand slam from G. Allen.
Although that took the wraps off everyone at the ballpark, Bison’s offense had some bright moments.
Walker Keller’s two-point explosion in the first half made the count 9-2. And then a few innings later, Dan Pruitt threw a three-run bomb to left center, bringing the Bison’s deficit to 12-5. Then in the sixth, Isiah Lissade connected with a three-run homer scoring Jose Parga and Chris Cook. This outburst moved the scoreboard to 14-8.
OBU’s homerun ability was on display again in the ninth when Alex Schroeder roped in a two-point shot to left center. By the end of the game, the green and gold had hit four homers, tying their season high. To date, the Bison’s 27 bombs are currently the most in Division II.
In the other dugout, Allen led the Tigers with two homers and a triple while four others had hits to multiple bases.
A late-inning home run by the Tigers helped the visitors end the series against OBU.
Before a ninth-inning explosion, Ouachita took a 6-2 lead heading down the bottom of the third.
After Lissade hit a solo homer for the Bison in the first, the Tigers got a three-run shot from Jaxon Chaney in the second to take the lead.
The hosts closed within a frame later as Parga connected with a double to right field setting Trey Furrey before Ouachita scored three more in the third.
Dustin Bermudez had a scoring single before Colton Schrader added a two-run single to right field two batters later.
Trailing 6-2, the Bison recovered to tie the game in the sixth. Round seven of the green and gold came from Pruitt, who slammed a shot over the center field wall. It was Pruitt’s seventh home run of the year, one of the best in the NCAA rankings.
After a scoreless seventh, each team scored twice in the eighth. For the Bison, their two runs came after another home run, this time from Schroeder on the left.
Despite giving up a 9-7 lead, the Tigers came back to get their 10th point in the ninth. And it came on a solo shot from Heine.
In the OBU ninth home half, Cade Kissel walked the first half but the Bison left him stranded.
The Bisons were scheduled to play Northeastern State in a non-conference game on Tuesday.