KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – On a very windy day at Steen Sports Park Oregon Tech and British Columbia struggled to get outs with a 20-30 mile per hour wind blowing out to straight away centerfield on Saturday. The Thunderbirds took game one 16-3, with the Owls taking game two 14-9.
“Would have liked to see us respond to adversity better early in the first game, but we controlled the second game and got back to playing Tech Baseball, said head coach Jacob Garsez. “We are good when our focus is on us and our process .”
Game one British Columbia 16 Oregon Tech 3
UBC opened the game with nine runs on nine hits in the top of the first and never looked back winning 16-3.
Freshman Ryan Beitel got the win on the hill for the T-Birds improving to 2-1 on the season spreading out five-hits over five innings with nine strikeouts
Tech starter Jacob Miller didn’t get out of the first inning as he fell to 2-3 on the season giving up eight earned runs in 1/3 of an inning.
UBC combined for 20 hits in the game led by Mike Fitzsimmons who was 4-for-5 with four runs scored for the leadoff hitter. Ty Penner added three-hits and four-RBI including his first homer of the season.
Brodie Marino, and Ian Peters led the Owls with two-hits each with Ka’ala Tam (Pictured) homering in the loss.
Game two Oregon Tech 14 British Columbia 9
Game two saw the two teams combine for seven home runs as the Owls out-hit the T-Birds 17-15 and most importantly 14-9 on the scoreboard.
After UBC opened up a 3-1 lead, Tech answered with nine runs in the fifth to go up 10-3, Tech added one run in the sixth and eight and two in the seventh to hold on for the win.
Tech’s Patrick Arman pitched six strong innings earning the win as he improved to 3-1. Arman had eight strikeouts giving up five runs on eight hits.
Matthew Ortiz homered and had three-hits to lead the Owl offensive attack with Dalton Daily adding two-hits and his Cascade conference leading 10th homer of the season. Tech also got two-hits each from Tyler Horner, Kellen Mendez, Michael Tarakhchyan, and Tam.