By BRIAN RAMSEY | OBU Sports Network
The Ouachita Baptist University baseball team had a little bit of everything on Sunday in a pair of Great American Conference victories over Southeastern Oklahoma State University at home by final scores of 6-1 and 7-5.
Highlighting Sunday’s action was a complete-game pitching effort from Cooper Timmons in the first game and a six-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning of game two to earn a come-from-behind victory. Ouachita also had timely hitting and solid defensive play with no errors committed in the doubleheader.
The Tigers (18-8, 12-5 GAC) have now won six consecutive games, and have now won four consecutive GAC series (five overall).
Timmons (4-2) went the distance in the first game with the help of his offense that broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the seventh and added three insurance runs in the eighth. The League City, Texas native allowed just one run on four hits and set a new career-high with 12 strikeouts in the win.
In the first six innings of game one, Ouachita had only mustered one run, which was scored on a balk. The late-inning runs came on RBI singles by Michael Quinones and Jud Arrington in the seventh, RBI singles by Wyatt Core and G. Allen in the eighth, and the final run in the eighth coming across on a sacrifice fly from Dustin Bermudez.
Bermudez led the Tigers in game two with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate with a two RBI single to cap Ouachita’s six-run sixth inning. The Tigers sent eight consecutive batters to the plate in the sixth before Southeastern (14-15, 6-11 GAC) recorded its first out.
Two of Ouachita’s runs in the sixth came across on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch and a bases-loaded balk. The others came on timely hitting by Isaac Nowell with a two-run single and the aforementioned hit from Bermudez.
After getting that two-run single in the sixth, Bermudez was called on to close the game on the mound in the scheduled seven-inning affair, and he came through with his arm as well, earning his fourth save while allowing just one hit and striking out two in the final frame. Hayden Childers (5-0) earned the win in relief, giving up just one run on five hits in the middle 3.1 innings.
Ouachita goes for the sweep on Monday with game three of the series set to start at noon at Rab Rodgers Field.