BILLINGS, Montana - The Billings Mustangs (14-12) lost their fourth game in the last five days 9-3 to the Orem Owlz in front of 3,178 at Dehler Park.
In a rematch of the 2016 Pioneer League Chapionship series Mac Sceroler made a brief start for the Mustangs, pitching to just four batters before having to be removed from the game. The Owlz would get the bases loaded in the first, but were turned away without a run. They would strand the bases loaded three times in the game and leave 13 runners aboard; a new season-high for a Mustang opponent.
Orem collected two runs in the second to take their first lead of the night. Leonardo Rivas singled in two runs after the first three batters of the inning were able to reach.
Four consecutive hits in the bottom of two put the game back at even. Mark Kolozsvary smacked a double off the right field wall to score Stuart Fairchild and Jake Turnbull singled to bring Kolozsvary in. Kolozsvary finished 2-for-4 with a double, walk, two runs, and an RBI.
Chris Rodriguez (4-1) made another impressive outing for Orem, giving up two runs in five innings and striking out five.
The Owlz began an impressive run in the sixth after the game stayed tied at 2-2 over the previous three innings. The Owlz scored seven runs over the final four frames to put the game away. The contributions to their 13 hits were spread throughout the order as the Owlz had five hitters with multi-hit nights.
Billings would have to throw six pitchers on Saturday. It was the first time this season they have eclipsed five pitchers in a game.
The Mustangs and the Owlz will face off in the second game of their four-game series Sunday afternoon at Dehler Park. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
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