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Aggie Baseball Splits Games with Nationally Ranked WTA&MU

—By Laura Nelson on 03/29/2012 Canyon, Texas—The Oklahoma Panhandle State Univ. Aggies (4-24) and the West Texas A&M Univ. Buffs (20-6) matched up for a doubleheader in Canyon yesterday and the teams split wins in the twin bill with the Aggies beating the No. 22 nationally ranked Lone Star Conference Buffs in game two.

Buff bats were hot in game one with a solo homerun by Jordan Easom in the second inning that started WT's scoring march. The Buffs were up 4-0 in the top of the fourth when OPSU's Dillon Doucette banged out a solo two-out homer, but the Buffs roared back in their half of the inning, plating nine runs. In the sixth inning with the bases loaded, Avery Bet-Payumo singled and sent Jay Miller and Casey Kettler home for two more runs, but the game ended 16-3, Buffs. Pitcher Josh Newman took the loss, allowing seven runs off nine hits.

Game two started slowly with WT scoring five runs over the first six innings of play while holding OPSU scoreless. The Aggies exploded in inning seven as Freezy Smalls hammered a grand slam home run with one out. Tyler Patterson singled, stole second, and went to third on an Alan Droke sacrifice fly. Doucette stepped up to the plate and smacked his second home run of the day, and one more run off a Jordan Bernal single sewed up the 7-5 Aggie win as the Buffs didn't score in the seventh. Starting Aggie pitcher Matt Klacziewicz allowed only one earned run in his five innings on the mound, and head coach Steve Appel said, "Klacky threw a great game and kept us within reach of the win." Reliever Art Knapp was credited with the win, getting the last four outs and giving up two hits.

The Aggies found a way to win against an excellent ball club and yesterday's victory should go a long way in sparking the team's confidence in the second half of the season. The team plays a 3-game series against conference rival Texas A&M International at home this weekend. Friday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. with a single game beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Aggies will wear pink jerseys all weekend to raise awareness of breast cancer and a student will circulate through the crowd asking for donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Dress in pink and come out to cheer on the Aggies!