DII Baseball: Southeastern Oklahoma's Mike Metheny becomes DII all-time wins leader
DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern collected a 9-1 win over Harding in the series opener and in doing so secured head coach Mike Metheny his NCAA Division II record-setting 1,315th win before following it up with a 5-4 victory in the nightcap at The Ballpark in Durant.
The wins lifted the Savage Storm to 8-19-1 overall on the year and 7-11 in Great American Conference play, just a half game behind the Bisons in eighth place with the series finale slated for noon on Saturday.
Metheny finished the day with a 1,316-669-3 record for his career for a .665 winning percentage over 37 seasons, averaging just over 35 wins per season.
After topping the list for active coaches a season ago, he how heads both lists and passes Joe Roberts of Armstrong State who previously had 1,314 wins after retiring following the 2013 season.
Metheny also moves into the top 20 on the all-time wins list regardless of division, climbing to 19th on the list and is 15 wins behind Larry Cochell who has 1,331 after finishing his career in 2005 as the head coach at Oklahoma.
If that list is narrowed to coaches how have picked up all of their victories at one school, Metheny would rank eighth behind Rod Dedeaux who spent 44 seasons at Southern California.
Southeastern bookended the opener, scoring early and late to put it away with a 9-1 win.
Travis Spinney and Cade Clay each went 3-for-5, while Jett Swigart and Luke Thomas added two hits each, with four others adding single hits as the Storm tallied 14 on the game.
Brett Akins was one of those players with a single hit, but managed to make his one hit a three-run home run, while Clay and Swigart drive in two runs each. Spinney and Hunter Harrison would each plate one.
Scott Richards got the start and recorded the win after tossing 5.0 innings and allowing a run on two hits with three strikeouts.
Michael Brinska tossed the final 4.0 innings and scattered three hits and two K's to secure his first save.
A Harrison RBI double and a Swigart two-run single in the bottom of the first would stake the Storm to a 3-0 lead, which grew to 4-0 in the second on a Clay groundout which plated Ty Hanson.
Harding would steal a run back in the sixth, but back-to-back RBI singles by Spinney and Clay in the bottom half would balance it out and put the Storm in front 6-1.
Akins would then wrap up scoring in the bottom of the eighth inning with a three-run homer over the left field wall to set the final score at 9-1.
In the nightcap SE fell in a 3-0 hole early as the Bisons picked up a run in the first and two more in the second.
The Storm would chip away though, with a Clay sac fly bringing in Jake Perez in the third to close the gap to 3-1.
A Luke Thomas triple in the fourth would bring home Micah Simmer to close it to 3-2.
Southeastern would strike a big blow in the fifth with three-straight two-out doubles by Harrison, Akins and Simmer. The final two would bring in a run each to take a 4-3 lead which was followed by a Swigart RBI single to finish out the fifth inning with a 5-3 lead.
HU would get a run back in the top of the, but a double-play and a huge play in the hole at short by Swigart would end the threat and preserve a 5-4 win.
Akins and Simmer each posted a pair of hits, while five others had one apiece. Clay, Akins, Simmer, Swigart and Thomas would each finish with an RBI.
Mike Wade got the start but was hit for three runs, two earned, over the first two innings before giving way to Bailey Burks who tossed 3.0 innings of hitless ball while striking out three to earn the win.
Brandon Wolski would face a pair of batters in relief and accounted for one unearned run before Harrison came in to toss the final two innings, allowing one hit, and earning his first save.