Ram Baseball hits big

Rams win series against Southwestern Oklahoma State

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On February 15, 2018

Photo by Brit Raley
Josh Barnett, redshirt freshman pitcher, throws the ball. Barnett had two strike outs in both Friday’s and Saturday’s games.

The ASU baseball team won its first home series against Southwestern Oklahoma State Feb. 9-11 with two wins and a loss.

In game three, senior outfielder Mitch Henshaw made an impressive catch that landed him the number six spot on ESPN’s Sports Center Top 10, Sunday, Feb.11.

"I kind of got a late jump on it, but I was able to make up for it," Henshaw said. "I got to the spot and just dove for it and ended up catching it."

Henshaw said that seeing his play on TV was surreal.

"Every kid’s dream is to be on TV," Henshaw said. "Honestly, I knew it was a good play, but I didn’t think it was Sports Center worthy. It is cool that they recognized me for it though."

The Rams lost their first game, 9-6, but won the following games 11-2 and 10-1.

"We did some things better today, and I thought Nick Novak really set the tone in that first at-bat," Head Coach Kevin Brooks said after their victory Saturday. "We got their starting pitcher’s pitch count up and were able to take advantage of that. I still think we’re not playing at the level we want to, though, and hope we can improve from here."

Novak, sophomore infielder, was the first batter up in the bottom of the first. He had a nine-pitch at-bat that set the tone for the day.

This was the first win of freshman pitcher Carson Childer’s collegiate career. Childers spent six and two thirds innings on the mound.

"It’s a lot easier for us hitters and the offense in general, when the pitchers come in and do their job," redshirt junior Bradley Mathiowetz said. "Their guys aren’t getting on base, so we’re not coming from behind every time we step up to the plate."

In the fifth inning, the Rams loaded the bases for junior Jacob Boston. On the second pitch, Boston sent the ball over the wall in left center for a grand slam.

The Rams continued to add runs to the board, tying the series 1-1.

In the third and final game, senior pitcher Shane Browning took the mound, getting three outs on 12 pitches in the first inning.

"I thought Shane Browning went out and really gave us a good outing," Brooks said. "The bullpen guys came in and did their job as well. It was a pretty solid day and we need to continue to build on that and get better."

The Ram s scored 10 runs on 10 hits, sealing the series in their favor.

"We definitely should have swept the series, so we’ll be thinking about that Friday game for a while, but it’s important to move on and realize that the team we played as today is more close to what we are going to be the rest of this season and just go off this momentum," Mathiowetz said.

The Rams will be on the road next, taking on Lubbock Christian in a three-game series Feb. 16-18.

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