The Western Oklahoma State College Pioneers baseball team entered a three-game series against the Seminole State College Trojans (14-5) over the weekend, but only came out victorious in one of the three games to slide to 10-6 on the season.
The Trojans started hot in the first game of the series against the Pioneers and held a 6-0 lead after just two innings.
Most of Seminole State success in the first game came from starting pitcher Trey Jeans (3-1) who used an assortment of pitches to keep the Pioneers off target and was able to strikeout 11 of the 24 batters he faced.
The Pioneers were finally able to break through in the bottom of the fourth inning with a home run from Juan Paulino to make the score 7-1.
But the Trojans knocked in three runs in the top of the fifth to expand their lead to nine.
The Pioneers added a lone run in the bottom of the fifth as Taylor Avila’s double drove in Bryan Hernandez to bring the Pioneers within eight.
After holding the Trojans scoreless in the top of the sixth, WOSC’s Danny Perez drove one over the fence to make the score 10-3, but the Pioneers remained seven behind with three innings left in the game.
Seminole State added two more runs in the top of the seventh and won the game by a final score of 12-3.
Avelito Encarnacion (1-1) picked up his first loss of the season. Encarnacion pitched five innings, allowed 11 hits, 10 runs, and five earned runs while striking out seven and walking two.
The Pioneers began with a two-run first inning to take a 2-0 lead over the Trojans.
Seminole State rallied in the top of the second with two of their own and added another in the top of the third to take a 3-2 lead over WOSC.
The Pioneers tied the game in the bottom of the third before a two-run fourth inning by the Trojans gave the lead back to Seminole State.
The Pioneers brought four runs across home plate in the bottom of the fourth to give WOSC a 7-5 lead.
The Trojans narrowed the gap in the fifth with a run of their own, but the Pioneers erupted in the bottom of the fifth with eight runs to extend their lead to 15-6.
Seminole State answered with five runs in the top of the sixth to pull within four and the Pioneers responded with one run to take a comfortable 16-11 lead into the seventh.
The Trojans scored twice in the top of the seventh to pull within three, but the Pioneers added two of their own in the bottom of the eighth. WOSC’s Victor Espinal Martinez picked up a save by holding the Trojans to just one run in the top of the ninth to secure the 18-14 victory for the Pioneers.
Braeden Toikka (2-0) picked up his second win of the season. Toikka pitched one and two-thirds innings while allowing six runs on four hits and striking out two batters.
The Pioneers’ Nick Smith was 4-for-4 on the day with three runs scored and five RBIs.
Wanderson Pinales was 3-for-4 for the Pioneers with three runs scored and four RBIs.
Smith, Francisco Soriano, Pinales, and Taylor Avila all hit home runs for the Pioneers.
The Pioneers traveled to Seminole for the final game of the series and started with a three-run first inning.
The Trojans put two on the board in the bottom of the first and the bottom of the third inning, Seminole State tied the game at three before the Pioneers took their last lead of the game in the fifth.
Seminole answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning and added one more in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Pioneers 5-4 and win the series two games to one.
WOSC’s Joshua Colon (1-1) picked up his first loss of the season after pitching two-thirds of the eighth inning and allowing the winning run to score.
Malachi Emond started the game for the Pioneers and pitched four and two-thirds innings while allowing four runs on six hits. Emond struck out six in the outing.
The Pioneers’ Avila was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and one run scored while Miguel Lorenzo added two runs on two hits.
The Pioneers are scheduled to host Wayland Baptist University in a doubleheader with the first game slated for 2 p.m. Wednesday and the second following at 4 p.m.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.