Southeastern baseball wins series over Ouachita Baptist with 13-3 victory
Via Southeastern Oklahoma State University Sports Communications
DURANT, Okla. - Bryce McDermott wrote his name in the Southeastern record books as he homers in three-consecutive at bats to power the Savage Storm to a 13-3 run-rule win over Ouachita Baptist in seven innings on Saturday afternoon at Mike Metheny Field.
The win gives the SE the series victory as well, breaking a tie with the Tigers and improving the overall record to 28-14 and the Great American Conference mark to 17-10 on the year with two league series remaining.
McDermott posted a 3-for-3 effort on the day with a solo homer in his first at bat which was the team's first hit of the day in the third inning and would come back up in the inning and hit a second homer, this one a grand slam. He would come back to the plate in the fifth inning and tack on another solo shot. He is the ninth player in SE history to hit three homers in a game and the first since KC Pfister in 2011.
Matt Miles and Reid Rice each added a pair of hits, while Cameron French, Damon Burroughs, Blake McQuain, and Dylan Herd each added one.
McDermott finished the contest with six RBI to lead the way, while French drove in three, with Burroughs and Angel Ochoa plating one each.
Dylan Turner got the start and picked up the victory after tossing 6.1 innings and allowing three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.
Jackson Sioson would come on to record the final two outs, facing just two batters and throwing seven pitches.
OBU got on the board first with a solo homer in the second, while the Storm offense saw its first seven hitters sat down in order.
However, the eighth hitter was McDermott who homered to pick up the first Storm hit and knot the game at 1-1 in the third inning.
Three batter later after singles by Herd and Miles and a two-out walk by Rice, French would connect on a two-run double to push the lead to 4-1.
Burroughs followed with a walk, as did McQuain before Ochoa drove in a run while reaching on a fielder's choice to take a 5-1 lead.
The next batter was McDermott for the second time in the inning and he would send a grand slam over the left centerfield wall to see the Storm lead grow to 9-1.
In the fifth, McQuain would come home on a wild pitch and immediately after that McDermott would hammer his third homer of the game to push the advantage out to 11-1.
In the bottom of the sixth French would bring home Miles on a sac fly and Burroughs would plate Rice with an RBI single to stretch the lea out to 13-1.
The extra runs would come in handy as the Tigers collected a pair of solo homers in the top of the seventh to close the gap to 13-3, but the Storm would hold on for the run-rule win.