Offenbacker's game-winning hit sends Harding past Southwestern Oklahoma

    2:48 PM, May 5, 2013   |    comments
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    ENID, Okla. (HARDING) - Harding's Kyler Offenbacker drove in pinch-runner John Chapman with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Bisons a 5-4 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma on Sunday at the Great American Conference Tournament.

    Harding (28-21) advanced to play Monday at 3:30 p.m. The loss eliminated Southwestern Oklahoma (31-16).

    With the score tied at 4-4 entering the eighth, James Anderson reached on an error with one out. Chapman pinch ran and moved from first all the way around to third on a wild pitch by Southwestern reliever Kevin Kelly (2-2). Offenbacker then lined a 2-1 pitch to left to score Chapman.

    Josh Spears came on in the bottom of the ninth and retired Southwestern in order to earn his seventh save.

    Harding's Cameron Walker (4-4) made his first relief appearance of the season in the sixth. He pitched three innings and allowed three hits and one earned run and picked up the win.

    Harding scored two runs in the seventh to erase a 3-2 deficit. Offenbacker scored on a throwing error, and McCarver put the Bisons in the lead when he scored on a wild pitch.

    Offenbacker was 3-for-4, his first three-hit game of the season.
    Harding starter Hayden Shirley lasted five innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits and struck out five. Calyn Young, who pitched a nine-inning complete game against Harding during the regular season, was knocked out after 6 1/3 innings. He gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits.

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