SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Tech managed just one run on the afternoon as Corban University swept the Owls in NAIA West baseball action by 3-0 and 7-1 scores today at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.
Oregon Tech falls to 9-29 on the season and 4-14 in NAIA West play.
Game 1 – Corban took the early lead with single runs in each of the first three innings of play. It was all the run support starter Jacob Kopra would need, as the Owls fell by a 3-0 final.
A Marc Gallegos RBI double got the Warriors on the scoreboard in the first inning with Vince Gonzalez blasting a solo homerun in the second to move up 2-0. In the third Gallegos drove in another run on a single moving the home team out to a 3-0 lead. CU’s Jacob Kopra improved to 7-0 after fanning eight and allowing just three hits and no Tech runs in his five inning stint. Daniel Aranda earned the save after tossing the final four innings.
After allowing three runs to open the game, Austin Taylor held the Warriors scoreless through the next five innings, but took the loss falling to 3-5 overall. Taylor scattered eight hits with three strikeouts and two earned runs.
Oregon Tech’s best chance to score was in the fifth inning. Back-to-back singles from Bryce Asao and Cameron Cole started the rally with a Domonic Morris walk loading the bases with two out. A ground out, however, would end Tech’s threat.
Cameron Cole finished with three hits in the opener with Morris and Asao picking up singles in the loss for Tech.
Game 2 – Corban once again jumped out to an early lead plating four runs in the first and two more in the second to go up 6-0. Both the Owls and Warriors tallied single runs in the eighth inning for the final 7-1 margin.
Chase Meister didn’t allow the Warriors an extra base hit, giving up 11 total, all singles, in and eight inning effort. Meister gave up four earned runs and struck out two falling to 1-7 on the mound.
Daniel Orr and Ben Straka drove in single runs, while Romero drove in two more, on his first inning single, pushing the Warriors out to a 4-0 lead after one inning. Gallegos recorded his third RBI on the afternoon on another base hit with Straka notching his second RBI of the game to put the home team up 6-0 after two complete innings.
Austin Guzzon earned the win, moving to 5-3 after striking out six and scattering five Tech hits in six innings on the mound. Stockton Taylor and Micah Ropp would finish the final three innings in relief.
Tech plated their first run of the day after Ryan Hayden doubled and advanced to third on a passed ball. Hayden had two hits for Tech, including the only extra base hit. Aaron Bocchi next flied out to center to pick up the Owls’ only RBI on his sacrifice fly. Bocchi would add a base hit in the contest.
The Warriors would cap the scoring with a run in their half of the eighth to win by a 7-1 score.
Ethan Schlecht was Tech’s other player with a multi-hit game, while Josh Cragoe and Bryce Asao added singles in the loss.
Oregon Tech and Corban conclude a four-game series with a doubleheader tomorrow at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.