UAFS collected six hits off Rogers State starter Mason Marquette, but the Diamond Lions couldn’t produce the one big hit they needed against the Hillcats right-hander on Saturday at the Diamond Complex in Claremore, Okla.
Marquette allowed only one run during six-plus strong innings of work as the Hillcats edged the Diamond Lions 2-1 in the final game of the three-game Heartland Conference series.
Rogers State (9-6, 3-3), which is a provisional NCAA Division II member, won the series 2-1. The Hillcats won the opening game of Friday’s doubleheader 3-2, while the Diamond Lions (8-6, 4-2) won the second game 7-6.
Trailing 2-0, UAFS scored its only run in the top of the seventh inning. Left fielder Josh Vanderpool led off the inning with a double down the left field line, and designated hitter J.C. Baxley singled to short. Vanderpool advanced to third on the play, and Baxley was then replaced by pinch runner Tyler Lein.
Catcher Justin Shealy followed with single through the right side to drive in Vanderpool and end the afternoon for Marquette, who was relieved by Travis Teague. Second baseman Mitch Huckabay bunted into a fielder’s choice, and Lein was forced out at third. Teague then got center fielder Curtis Clark to fly out to center field, and Shealy was tagged out at second on the double play to end the inning.
UAFS left five runners on base during the nine-inning game.
Marquette (4-0) walked one and struck out three in earning the win, while Teague struck out one in three innings of relief to earn the save.
Vanderpool was 1 for 4 with a double, first baseman Brennan Rogers was 1 for 4, Baxley was 1 for 3, Shealy was 1 for 3 with one RBI, Clark was 1 for 3 and right fielder C.J. Nelson was 1 for 4.
Diamond Lions starter Justin Cordray (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing one earned run on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts over five innings. Middle reliever Austin Duerr allowed one earned run on two hits with one strikeout over one inning, and reliever Collin Ogilvie allowed one hit over two innings.
Right fielder Blake Gipson was 1 for 3 with one RBI, first baseman Caleb Kohlmeyer was 2 for 4 with a double to lead the Hillcats, who left four runners on base.