David Mead threw the fifth no-hitter in program history Saturday, and the Braves won their third conference series of the season.
Ottawa University took two-of-three baseball games from Bethany College over the weekend at OU’s Alumni Park, 624 E. 11th St., Ottawa. The Braves (13-21, 10-11 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) split Saturday’s doubleheader, winning 3-1 behind Mead’s performance on the mound, and falling 3-0 in Game 2. A late flurry of runs lifted OU in Sunday’s rubber match 12-7.
Mead, senior pitcher, tossed nine innings, struck out nine and walked zero. The only blemish came in the sixth inning when Mead hit Bethany’s Elijah Holgun to put a man on with one out. A ground out advanced Holgun to second, and two consecutive wild pitches by Mead scored the Swede’s only run of the game. Tyler Quintana, junior outfielder, Hecmart Nieves, senior outfielder, and Willies Estrada, junior catcher, drove in a run each for the Braves.
OU’s offense managed just four hits in the second game Saturday, two by Quintana. Bethany’s Edwar Melendez pitched seven innings of no-run ball against the Braves, striking out six. Matt Haake, senior pitcher, had a strong outing for Ottawa in the loss, throwing six innings, allowing two runs (zero earned) on three hits. He struck out seven and walked two.
The Braves’ offense was silent through four innings in Sunday’s game before erupting for 10 runs (six in the bottom of the fifth and four in the bottom of the sixth) to take a commanding lead. Cole Boardman, senior outfielder, had a key two-out, bases-clearing three RBI double in the bottom of the fifth. Quintana and Boardman both went yard in the bottom of the sixth. Quintana blasted a two-run shot with one out, his second of the season. Boardman followed up two batters later with a two-out, two-run homer, his third of the season. He hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to cap off a six-RBI performance. Quintana finished 3-5 at the plate with three RBIs and two runs scored.
The Braves are set to travel to York, Nebraska for a three-game conference series starting 1 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader) against last-place York College (14-22, 6-14 KCAC). The series concludes 1 p.m. Sunday.