OLEAN, NY - The Olean Oilers came away with a split in Monday evening’s double header against the Wellsville Nitros.
Game one was not exactly what the early arriving crowd was hoping to see at the Brad, where their home team was trailing 6-0 by the third inning.
Gunner Becker, who started on the mound for the Oilers, lasted only four innings and did not receive much help from his defense. Becker gave up 10 hits and three earned runs in his four innings of work, but fielding errors allowed the Nitros to push across nine runs in the first four innings.
The Oilers totaled only four hits and scored four runs on the game, dropping the first of two by a score of 17-4.
In the night’s later showing, it appeared the home crowd was in for another grueling game as the Nitros took an early 4-1 lead in the first three innings before Allen Murphy kick-started the Oilers offense with a two RBI single in the third, cutting the deficit to one run. Murphy, a Bolivar-Richburg graduate and current St. John Fisher player, then homered in his very next at bat giving the Oilers the 6-4 lead, which they never relinquished.
But Murphy wasn't finished. In his next plate appearance, he tripled, driving in two more runs and putting him just a double away from hitting for the cycle in the game.
Murphy finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with a single, a triple, a home run and seven RBI, earning the NYCBL player of the night award.
The Oilers took away an 8-4 victory to bring their overall record to 14-20 on the year. The Oilers, who are 10.5 games back of the first place Hornell Dodgers, take on the Genesee Rapids Tuesday in Houghton at 7 p.m.