By Mike Tupa
One weekend into the baseball season and the Eagles are flying high.
Oklahoma Wesleyan University grabbed two wins — one on Friday, the other on Saturday — at Lyon (Ark.) College to open their campaign of promise.
OKWU captured the first game, 4-1, but Lyon snapped back to win the nightcap, 4-3, on Friday.
On Saturday, OKWU — which is coached by Matt Parker — muscled out victory in the rubber game, 3-0.
Next up, OKWU (2-1) is slated to play host Tuesday to Bacone, in a 2 p.m. showdown.
Following are highlights for each of the games at Lyon:
OKWU 4, Lyon 1
Lefthanded pitcher Zach Johnson made a stingy career debut — six innings of one-hit shutout ball and six strikeouts — for OKWU.
Johnson tossed 93 pitches — while facing 20 batters — before giving way to reliever Tyler Shumpert.
Shumpert surrendered three hits and one earned run in three innings, while ringing up 5K’s.
On the offensive side, returning Eagle leadoff hitter Scott Weaver weaved some plate magic by going 3-for-5, a double, a run scored and one RBI.
Veteran Eagle Alejandro Hernandez and newcomer Chris Acosta-Tapia also plated one run apiece.
Four different OKWU players — Weaver, Trevor Achenbach, Acosta-Tapia and D.J. Resnik — scored one tally each.
As a team, the Eagles poked nine hits, with doubles by Weaver and Tapia-Acosta, who batted cleanup.
Lyon 4, OKWU 3
Lyon built a 4-0 lead through four innings and then repelled a fiery OKWU rally.
Achenbach ripped two hits and drove in two runs to key the Eagle comeback.
Returnee senior Will Price contributed a single and RBI.
OKWU managed just three hits against Lyon hurler Tyler Tognarine, who struck out seven batters and walked five others in a 113-pitch classic.
Carlos Aldana drew the mound start for OKWU but went only 2.2 innings and suffered the defeat. However, only one of the three runs scored against him was earned.
Jeffery Deavenport finished up on the bump (3.1 innings), allowing three hits and one run.
OKWU 3, Lyon 0
The Eagles utilized three pitchers — Blake Randazzo, Lizandro Cruz and Shumpert — to ring up the 10-hit shutout.
Randazzo started and lasted through 6.1 innings of eight-hit ball. He whiffed eight batters — and didn’t allow a free pass — during his tenure on the bump.
Cruz threw 1.2 innings and Shumpert closed out the final frame. They gave up only two hits between them.
The three OKWU pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts and no walks.
Hunter Henry owned the big stick (3-for-4, two 2B’s, one RBI) for the Eagle offense.
Rudolfo Oleta added two singles and scored twice.
The Eagles also stole three bases in three attempts.