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OBU Press release

 

SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist baseball fans were treated to history Friday as the Bison got their first combined perfect game in a 12-0 rout of Manhattan Christian.

 

Albertus Barber, Thomas Shroder and Mychal Yarbor combined for 18 strikeouts over seven innings without allowing a runner to reach base in any fashion.

 

Barber struck out eight batters, catching seven of those on called third strikes. Shroder came on in the fourth and went three innings, striking out seven. Mychal Yarbor struck out the side in the seventh.

 

Barber is credited with the win.

 

OBU had one other perfect game, that coming in 2005 with Tabor Woolard getting the better of Peru State. Bison pitchers have been in two other combined no-hitters, including one last year when Carson McPherson, Zach Fowler, Blake Whitehead, Jace Wilkins and Nick Burnham combined for a no-hitter with three walks.

 

OBU’s last no-hitter was by McPherson, also last season, at Northwestern.

 

The Bison scored the only run it needed in the first inning when Brett Berghammer walked, stole second and scored on a single by Josh Timms.

 

OBU added two in the third on back-to-back RBI doubles by Berghammer and Brett Bloomfield. Bloomfield added an RBI single in the fourth to make it 4-0.

 

Jake Gozzo doubled and scored on a triple by Garrett McKee for a 5-0 Bison lead in the fifth.

 

The Bison left no doubt after a seven-run sixth inning. Juan Gonzalez started the scoring with a sacrifice fly, Roy Verdejo added an RBI single and two more runs crossed on a triple by Brock Carter. McKee added an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch. Landon Harper drew a bases-loaded walk for the final run of the game.

 

OBU rounded up 13 hits, including two each by Bloomfield, Timms, Gozzo, Carter and McKee.

 

The win was the 20th in a row for the program, dating back to April 11 of last season.

 

The Bison and Manhattan Christian square off again Saturday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

 

 

 

Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications, Oklahoma Baptist University

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