The Braves are finally back in the win column.
After shaking off an eight-game losing streak with a successful weekend series, the Ottawa University baseball team will play a single game 6 p.m. today at Baker University in Baldwin City, followed by a three-game series Friday and Saturday against No. 3 Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Ottawa (20-15, 4-8 KCAC) took two of three games from Saint Mary Saturday and Sunday in Leavenworth to break out of a slump. They took Saturday’s game 12-1, lost Sunday’s opener 6-5 and struck back with a 13-2 blowout in Game 2.
The Braves did something Saturday they had been struggling to do, get up early. Ottawa scored three runs in the bottom of the second, followed by six runs in the fourth before the Spires got on the board.
Cole Boardman, junior pitcher, kept Saint Mary’s bats at bay, pitching all seven innings, allowing one run on seven hits, striking out two and walking zero.
Alexis Cruz, junior outfielder, went 2-3 at the plate with a walk, knocking in two RBIs and scoring three runs for the Braves.
Ottawa’s rally fell short in the first game Sunday. After they fell behind 6-0 in the first two-and-a-half innings, David Mead, junior pitcher came in and tossed 6.2 scoreless innings for the Braves with 10 strikeouts.
The Ottawa offense put together a three-run bottom of the sixth, thanks in part to a two RBI single by Randy Perez, junior infielder, to cut the lead to 6-5, but that was all the scoring the Braves could muster in the loss.
The bats woke up in Game 2, and after falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, Ottawa strung together 13 unanswered runs — eight in the bottom of the fifth — to take the series.
Spencer Redmond, senior pitcher, settled down after allowing two runs in the top of the first, and tossed all seven innings, allowing just three hits. He struck out five, and walked four to pick up the win.
Cruz put together another nice game at the plate, going 3-4 with two runs and two RBIs.