STERLING — The Braves didn’t fair well in their second conference series.
Sterling College swept the Ottawa University baseball team in the three-game series Friday and Saturday in Sterling. The losses drop OU to 3-13 on the season and 1-5 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
In Friday’s game, the Warriors built up a 13-0 lead through five innings before Ottawa got on the board. Sterling won 15-3, with OU’s Chris Morrison, junior shortstop, going 2-4 at the plate with a run scored.
The Braves struggled to keep Sterling from scoring again in Saturday’s doubleheader. In Game 1, Sterling distanced themselves early again, leading 8-1 after five innings.
Ottawa had a big top of the seventh. Tyler Quintana, junior first baseman, blasted a three-run homerun, and two batters later Cole Boardman, senior designated hitter, hit a two-run homer to cut the Sterling lead to 11-8.
The Warriors, however, scored seven unanswered runs in the final two frames to ice the win, 18-8.
In Game 2, OU scored two runs on four hits in the top of the first. Trevor McClanahan, junior outfielder, scored after a leadoff triple. Dalton Rankin, freshman second baseman, hit a sacrifice fly to score Hecmart Nieves, senior outfielder.
The Warriors took a 4-2 lead through three innings, but the Braves got a run back in the top of the fourth on a wild pitch by Sterling pitcher Kevin Gonzalez that scored McKinley Maurer, sophomore outfielder.
Sterling proceeded to score seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to take an 11-3 lead. Ottawa got three runs back in the top of the fifth, but that was the last time the team scored. The Warriors took the 14-6 victory.
Ottawa is back home for a 1 p.m. game Wednesday against Benedictine College at OU’s Alumni Park.