Opening weekend for the Braves saw a slew of close losses and one blowout win.
The Ottawa University baseball team went 1-3 in a pair of doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday against Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas. Ottawa fell 3-1 and 4-3 Saturday before a 2-1 loss and 10-1 win Sunday.
The Braves came close in both one-run losses. In Game 2 on Saturday, OU scored three runs in the top of the fourth to make it 4-3. McKinley Mauer, sophomore infielder, singled with two outs and Evan Brull, sophomore infielder, on second. Brull attempted to score from second, but was thrown out at the plate.
Ottawa had six base runners over the next three frames, but failed to get any across the plate.
In Game 1 Sunday, Tyler Quintana, junior outfielder, doubled to lead off the top of the fourth, and scored on a CBC error. That tied the game 1-1, but the Mustangs retook the lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth.
Ottawa had Trevor McClanahan, junior outfielder, on in the top of the seventh with two out, but Chris Morrison, junior infielder, struck out swinging to end the game.
Game 2 Sunday saw OU’s bats come to life. The Braves put up eight runs in the first three innings thanks in part to two runs driven in by McClanahan.
Cole Boardman, senior pitcher, finished the game with seven strikeouts versus one walk in 6.1 innings pitched. He allowed one run on four hits to earn the win.
McClanahan and Willies Estrada, junior catcher, both had two RBIs apiece.
Ottawa (1-3) plays Feb. 9-10 at The Depot at Cleburne Station in Cleburne, Texas. Its first game is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday against Southwestern Christian College.