KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — It's one of the most important games of the season: Senior Day. Everyone on the team wants to give their teammates who have given so much to the program a proper send-off in their college careers.
Before the game, seniors Mackenzie Driscoll, Logan Nunes and Olivia Lethlean were honored before their final home game of their college careers. They were joined by 2020 senior Baylee Wyscaver who never had a proper senior day after last season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Regardless of what was going to happen today, I was excited to play my last game here with this team and it was just a blast coming in," senior Logan Nunes said after the game.
Nunes started at first base and put on a defensive clinic. In the second inning, the Grover Beach, California-native double up Eastern Oregon after catching a line drive on the bag to end the inning. In the next frame she flashed the leather again, Nunes stabbed another low line drive that was curving into foul territory. The very next inning Nunes turned a would-be throwing error into an out, catching the ball and tagging the runner almost simultaneously to get the out at first.
Mackenzie Driscoll was behind the plate with freshman pitcher Mckenzie Staub in the circle. The battery mates allowed only five hits and one run over five innings, including three strikeouts.
"She's just a great bundle of energy," head coach Greg Stewart said when talking about Driscoll's performance in game two on Saturday. "She got a freshman pitcher to execute the way our freshman Mckenzie Staub did because Mackenzie Driscoll called a great game and did a wonderful job of leading her."
Olivia Lethlean, the team's starting left fielder, went hitless on Saturday but twice laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt that eventually led to a run scoring. The senior is slashing .367/.414/.405 and is 5-for-8 in stolen base attempts this season. The Medford-native is seventh all-time on the Oregon Tech stolen base charts with 36 swipes in 47 attempts.
But it was Nunes who stole the show in the fifth inning.
With a runner on first, Nunes dug into the left hander's batters box representing the winning run. She uncorked one to straight-away center field to walk off her final home game as an Oregon Tech Owl.
"I just knew this could be one of my last at-bats at this field," Nunes said after the game. "I just went up there relaxed and knew what I could do."
"Logan Nunes just had one of the best Senior Days I've seen a senior have in a long time," Stewart said.
There were certainly be more talk about the storybook ending to the 2021 Senior Day for years to come, but Nunes and the Oregon Tech Owls are shifting their focus now to the Cascade Conference Tournament which starts on May 7 in Ashland. With College of Idaho sweeping Warner Pacific, the Owls will be the 3-seed, and not get a first-round bye in the double-elimination tournament.
Oregon Tech is set to open the CCC Championship against Warner Pacific at 11:30 am in Ashland at University Field at Southern Oregon University. The Knights are 1-3 against the Owls this season.