Hattiesburg, Miss- (Bracket | Tournament Website | Box Score) Oklahoma Baptist rallied from an early four run deficit as they defeated Central Methodist, 7-6 in day two action of the 2013 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round.
Central Methodist jumped all over Bison starter Jordan Morales in the first inning. The Eagles got RBI singles from Jesse Zellner, TJ Singh, and Mike Allen as they surged to a 4-0 lead.
OBU slowly got back into the game as Anthony Almonte drove in runs in the second and fourth innings and Jeff Johnson added a sacrifice fly in the third to cut the lead to 4-3. The Bison continued to pour it on as they scored two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to open a 7-4 lead.
Down to their final three outs the Eagles had one last rally as they scored two runs in the ninth but it wasn't meant to be as Jesus Carlos struck out TJ Singh to end the game.
OBU was led at the plate by Kevin Hatch and Anthony Almonte who each drove in two runs on three hits. Morales regrouped from his shaky start and allowed just four hits after the first inning to pick up the win and improve to 7-2 on the season.
Shane Lowe led the Eagles going 3 for 5. Tyler Paule took the loss allowing nine hits and five runs in the 4 1/3 innings of work.
The Bison will return to action tonight as they take on South Carolina – Beaufort in game six tonight at 8:00 pm. Central Methodist is eliminated from the championship and finishes the season at 25-13.