EDMOND, Okla. — J.P. Maples smacked three home runs and drove in eight runs on the day, while Tucker Brown belted a school-record four homers in the first game to lead Central Oklahoma to a doubleheader sweep of Arlington Baptist on Wednesday afternoon at blustery Wendell Simmons Field.
The Bronchos hammered the Patriots 25-7 in the opener as lead-off hitter Brown hit it out of the park his first four trips to the plate, giving him a homer in five consecutive at bats after he finished off UCO’s 13-10 win against St. Gregory’s on Tuesday night with a ninth-inning blast.
Maples followed a two-homer, five-RBI outing in the first game with a one-homer, three-RBI performance in the nightcap to lead the Bronchos to a 6-4 victory.
UCO had 18 extra-base hits in the twinbill, collecting seven homers and seven doubles in the first-game rout before adding four doubles and Maples’ homer in the nightcap.
The Bronchos improved to 18-12 on the season with the sweep of the Patriots.
Brown, Maples, Jared Wright and Jordan Mullin combined for 22 of UCO’s 24 RBIs in the opener, with the Bronchos collecting 21 hits in finishing with the most runs since an identical 25-run outing against Bemidji State in 2004.
Brown, who had five hits and five RBIs in Tuesday’s win at St. Gregory’s, doubled his season home run total with his four-homer outburst and finished 4-for-5 with seven RBIs.
Maples had the two dingers along with a double and five RBIs, while Wright went 3-for-4 with a double and five RBIs and Mullin belted a grand slam and added a bases-loaded walk in driving in five runs in two plate appearances.
Brown lofted the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the first over the fence down the left-field line for his first homer, then smashed two-run shots in the second, third and fourth innings to quickly set the single-game school homer record. He was hit by pitch in the fifth and popped up in the sixth in falling short of tying the NCAA Division II mark of five homers.
Maples had two-run homers in the second and fourth innings, with Mullin ripping his grand slam in the sixth.
Josh Rolan earned the pitching win, giving up just four hits and one run in the first four innings. John Frisby went the last three innings to pick up the save.
UCO appeared on its way to another rout in the second game when Maples followed Brown’s first-inning single with a two-run blast to left-center and he added a sacrifice fly in the second to make it 3-0.
The Patriots got back in the game with two runs in the top of the third, though Jacob Zinn’s two-run double in the bottom of that frame made it 5-2. Kevin Blue added an RBI single in the fourth to up the lead to 6-2 and the Bronchos held on.
Ethan Sharp picked up the pitching win, giving up five hits and two unearned runs in 5.1 innings. Mike Boyle came on to get the Bronchos out of a jam in the sixth and worked the last 1.1 innings for the save.