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Wildcats win in walk-off fashion

By Collin Wieder
Posted on March 4, 2014 | Showcase,Sports | Comments Off on Wildcats win in walk-off fashion
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Freshman pitcher/outfielder Russell Crippen hits a single for ACU over the weekend. (Optimist photo by Austin Kilcullen)

The ACU baseball team finished the weekend going 1-1 in the Bourland-Ardoin Classic with their third scheduled game against Kansas State being cancelled.

The Wildcats started the weekend being shutout by the Missouri State Bears 12-0. The Bears pitching staff only allowed 6 hits with their starter Cody Schumacher pitching seven of the shutout innings.

ACU’s bats showed some life with Seth Spivey going 3-for-4 and Brando Grudzielanek went 2-for-3.

“I just felt like early on we were nervous and had a couple of missed plays so we gave up a few runs,” said head coach Britt Bonneau. “Obviously when a big team like that jumps up on you its tough to come back.”

“We just came out flat and it was like we didn’t want to compete,” Senior Seth Spivey said.

The weekend continued with the Wildcats taking on Grand Canyon University Saturday. A pitching battle ensued as both pitching staffs only allowed two runs each through nine. Extra inning play started with another shutout inning for the Wildcat’s pitching staff in the top of the tenth.

The Wildcats would decide the game with a bases-loaded single from junior Jordan Forrester to give the Wildcats a 3-2 victory.

“That was a great way to finish off the weekend and we can ride that momentum into playing Oklahoma,” Bonneau said.

Freshman Austin Lambright pitched five innings with only one earned run.

“I felt like I did ok I need to improve on a lot of things,” Austin Lambright said. “Overall for my third start of the season I did well.”

“I thought Austin has really showed some improvement over his last few starts,” Bonneau said. “He went five innings and he threw strikes, he did a lot of things well.”

Relief pitcher Kevin Sheets picked up his second win of the season pitching two innings and allowing four hits.

The bats were led once again by Spivey who went 3-for-5 against GCU and was the winning run for the Wildcats.

Spivey continues to lead the Southland Conference in hitting with a .600 average going 18-for-30 in the team’s first eight games.

A win over Grand Canyon gives the Wildcats their first marquee victory over a Division I opponent this season. The ‘Lopes play in the one of the more well know conferences know as the Western Athletic Conference or WAC.

The Wildcats final game against Kansas was cancelled due to the freezing on Sunday.

ACU will return to action Thursday in Norman to play Coach Bonneau’s alma mater Oklahoma.

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