Rafael Thomas hits leadoff homer

SHAWNEE, Okla. (Press release) – No. 7 Lubbock Christian University split their doubleheader with Oklahoma Baptist University Thursday evening at Bison Field. LCU won the first game 10-3 and then lost the second game 5-4, ending a 15-game series win streak for the Chaps over OBU.

Frank Corolla pitched a complete game in the opener and gave up three runs on five hits. The Chaps got out to a quick lead from the lead-off hitter Rafael Thomas when he blasted a lead-off home run off of a full count in the first inning. OBU took the lead in the second inning, scoring two runs off of one hit and two LCU errors, but they were unable to hold the lead for long as the Chaps scored seven runs on three hits in their next at-bat to take an 8-2 lead. Doug Kroll hit his first grand slam of the season in the inning off the first pitch he saw. Later in the inning, J.J. Muse hit a two-run home run over the left field fence. The Bison got one run in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 8-3, but LCU got two more insurance runs in the 6th inning to put the game away.

Austin Stewart, David Cruz, and J.J. Muse all went 2-for-4 in the game and Kroll went 1-for-3 with four runs-batted-in. LCU left six batters on base and OBU left seven batters on base. Corolla improved his record to 6-1. Kyle Brule dropped his record to 3-2.

In the second game of the double header, the Chaps got out to a quick start again, scoring a run in the first inning off of three walks by Richie Mirowski. The Bison scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning off of five hits. LCU chipped away at the Bison lead scoring a run in the third inning from a Joe Staley solo home run. They took the lead 4-3 in the fifth inning off of a Ross Blondin two-run home run. The Bison tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning off of a home run by Victor Manzano. The Chaps could not manage a run in their last at-bat in the seventh inning, hoping to extend the game. In the bottom of the seventh inning, lead-off batter Sean Iago tripled and Billy Jarka hit a walk-off single to end the game.

Hunter Scott, who started the game for the Chaps, recorded the loss and dropped his record to 6-3. Jesse Orozco improved his record to 2-2. Blondin went 2-for-3 with three runs-batted-in. Dan Neumann also went 2-3 in the game. Staley's home run was his eighth of the season and Blondin's home run was his third of the season.

Lubbock Christian's record moved to 25-10 overall and 13-4 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. Oklahoma Baptist's record improved to 28-8 overall and 7-7 in the SAC.  The win for OBU was their first over LCU since the 2006, ending a 15-game LCU winning trend against the Bison.  The Chaps will wrap up the road series with the Bison Friday afternoon with the first pitch scheduled at 1 p.m.