The Javelina Baseball team hoped to recover after a heartbreaking loss Friday night to the Oklahoma Christian Eagles. Unfortunately for the Hoggies, the Eagles’ offense exploded for eight runs in an 8-2 loss for the Javelinas in game one of a doubleheader
Hayden Vesely got his first start as a pitcher in his college career. The senior struggled a bit early on giving up four hits, two walks and two runs in his first three inning despite striking out seven. He finished the game after four innings with eight strikeouts, three walks and gave up two earned runs in the no decision.
Vesely would get some help in the bottom of the third inning when the Javelinas scored two runs, one by Wesley Aguilar who took home on a wild pitch and the other Brayton Carlson on a Zach Smith RBI single.
Shane Veeder came in relief in the fifth and was immeidately tagged with a run when Ben McKenzie doubled in a run for the Eagles, giving them a 3-2 lead.
He didn’t fare much better three innings later when he loaded the bases with no one out. Veeder would hit Zac Cobble with a pitch, bringing in a run for the Eagles, extending their lead to 5-2. Donovan Lewis came in for relief for Veeder. Lewis retired the first two batters he faced, but gave up Veeder’s final three earned runs before closing out the inning. Veeder would end the game with three innings pitched, six runs given up, three of them earned, five hits, one walk and one strikeout.
The offense remained flaccid for most of the game, only collecting one hit beyond the 4th inning.