OKLAHOMA CITY- The Cavaliers (32-22, 13-10 SAC) had their season come to an end on Sunday afternoon, after losing 6-11 to No. 1 Oklahoma City University (44-8, 18-3 SAC) in the SAC Tournament semi-final round. The Cavs set a new program for record in wins, beat the nation's top ranked team for the first time since 2002, and they also beat OCU for the first time since 2002 when they were No. 1 at the time. The Cavs handed No. 1 OCU twenty-five percent of their losses so far this season, and the Cavs were only one of two teams to beat the top ranked team more than once.
On Sunday, the Cavs fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first, but responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. The Stars then rallied for 5 runs in the top of the second inning, which proved to be the differnce in the game. OCU extended their lead to 8-2 in the fifth inning, but the Cavs got back three runs in the sixth to cut the lead to just 8-5, however the Stars put away St. Gregory's for good in the ninth when they scored three more insurance runs. SGU scored one final run in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little to late for the Cavaliers.
Matt Oxner (JR/San Jose, Calif.) started on the mound for St. Gregory's, on just one day of rest, and he was dealt the loss. Grant Schamburg (JR/Weatherford, Okla.), Cameron Wood (JR/Moore, Okla.), and Tyler Hebert (JR/Huffman, Texas) combind to go the final four innings of the game for the Cavs.
Ryan Lujan-Leonard (JR/Moore, Okla.) had an impressive game at the plate by going 2-5 with two doubles and three RBI's. Connor McCoy (JR/Highland, Calif.) also turned in an impressive performance in the season finale, by going 2-5 with a double, homerun, and one RBI. Connor Parsells (SR/Oklahoma City, Okla.) went 2-4 with a double and one run driven in and Layton Moore (SO/Jones, Okla.) also added two hits, one of which was a double. Jordan Martin (SR/Moore, Okla.), Armando Fajardo (JR/San Mateo, Calif.), Brandon Marerro (JR/Carolina, Puerto Rico), Joseph Melchor (SO/Redondo Beach, Calif.), and Adrian Soltero (SR/Oklahoma City, Okla.) each added one hit a piece for the Cavaliers.
The Cavs now head into their off-season, but they have a lot to look back on and be proud of. They also have a lot to look forward to as they continue to build one of the nation's top rising programs.