ATCHISON — Dominance in the final four innings got Braves baseball back in the win column.
Ottawa University split its road doubleheader Tuesday at Benedictine College in Atchison. OU won its first game 11-4 and lost the second 6-2.
Eleven unaswered runs from the fourth to the seventh inning propelled OU past the Ravens in Game 1. Benedictine built a 4-0 lead into the top of the fourth when Ottawa rallied for five runs on three hits, all with two outs.
Reece Skiles, sophomore second baseman, walked with the bases loaded to score Cole Boardman, senior outfielder/pitcher, to put OU on the scoreboard. Hecmart Nieves, senior outfielder, hit a two-RBI single in the next at-bat, and Tyler Quintana, junior outfielder, smacked a two-RBI double into left field, giving his team the lead.
From there, Brave pitching allowed just two baserunners over four innings. Boardman tossed seven innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out two and walking zero.
Ottawa scored four runs on four hits and a Raven error in the top of the fifth. Nieves belted a two-out, two-RBI double that gave OU a 9-4 lead.
Nieves finished 2-5 at the plate with four RBIs and a run scored. Skiles was 2-3 at the plate with three RBIs, two runs and a walk.
The Brave bats went silent in the late innings in Game 2. Willies Estrada, junior catcher, hit an RBI double in the top of the first to give OU an early lead. Skiles drove in a run on a single in the top of the second that tied the game at 2-2 after the Ravens scored in the bottom of the first. Those were the only runs the team managed in the loss.
Ottawa (7-18, 4-8 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) returns home for a three-game home series against the University of Saint Mary (10-14, 6-9 KCAC). The series starts 2:30 p.m. Friday at Alumni Park, 624 E. 11th St., Ottawa. A doubleheader is set to start 1 p.m. Saturday.