WICHITA — Ottawa’s road struggles continue.
Following a three-game home series sweep the prior weekend, the Ottawa University baseball team went 0-3 Friday and Saturday against Friends University in Wichita.
The closest contest was Saturday’s early game. The nearly four-hour game went 16 innings, finally culminating in a 6-5 Falcon walk-off win. Friends’ Jace Snodgrass hit a two-out double, and scored on the next at-bat when Justin Fink hit an RBI single.
In the final seven innings, Ottawa had 10 baserunners, but couldn’t get any across home plate. In the top of the 11th inning, the Braves had a one-out, bases-loaded situation, but Hecmart Nieves, senior outfielder, grounded into a double-play.
The Braves lost their Friday contest 16-6. They had leads of 2-0 and 5-4 through the first two innings. After the Falcons rallied, OU tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Willies Estrada, junior catcher, to score Tyler Quintana, junior first baseman.
From there, Friends dominated, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth and five in the bottom of the fifth.
Saturday’s late game ended with a 10-1 Friends win. Ottawa’s lone run came in the top of the fifth when McKinley Maurer, sophomore infielder, scored on an RBI groundout by Trevore McClanahan, junior outfielder.
Ottawa (6-17, 4-8 KCAC) plays 1 p.m. today at Benedictine College in Atchison.