Former Sunnyside High School and Pima College pitcher Adam Moraga pitched the No. 3-ranked University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma to its 16th straight victory with a 4-1 win at Friends University at Wichita, Kan., today.
Moraga (2-0 with a 1.45 ERA) pitched the first 7 1/3 innings and he did not allow a run as he struck out 10 batters with only one walk. Moraga, a right-hander who can pitch in the 90-mph range, has struck out 27 batters with only five walks in 24 2/3 innings. The junior has pitched into at least the seventh inning in each of his last three starts, and he has struck out 19 batters in his last 14 1/3 innings.
USAO, an NAIA school in Chickasha, Okla., improved to 18-1 with today’s victory. During the Drovers’ winning streak, they have outscored their opponents 141-36.
USAO owns the NAIA’s best team ERA (1.89) and team opponent batting average (.168), seventh-best team batting average (.345), and they rank 14th in runs scored per game (8.67).
Moraga was 7-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 73 innings with Pima last year. He had five complete games and struck out 65 with 29 walks. In 127 innings pitched in his two years with Pima, Moraga allowed only one home run.
Moraga’s parents Selina Encinas and Omar Moraga were both standouts in softball and baseball at Sunnyside before playing in college — Encinas with Pima softball and Omar with Arizona baseball.
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