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Aggie Baseball Drops Two to Newman

—By Laura Nelson on 04/06/2012 Goodwell, Okla.—It was a cool, windy, and humid day on the diamond as the Newman Univ. Jets (18-13) and the Oklahoma Panhandle State Univ. Aggies met in Goodwell for Heartland Conference play.

The Aggie pitching staff struggled in game one as Sean Williams and Matt Klaczkiewicz pitched the first three innings and gave up 15 runs between them. OPSU allowed no runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, and they scored one run in the second and one in the third before their bats finally started working. They plated six more runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but it was not enough and the Jets won the seven-inning game 17-9. Thomas McGuckin had two RBIs and Curtis Noel had two runs and one hit on three appearances at the plate. Williams was charged with the loss.

The sun and pitcher Daulton Perry came out for game two and Perry threw eight full innings, striking out four and scattering 13 hits. While Newman posted the first two runs of the game in the second inning, OPSU kept the game interesting. The Aggies plated one run in the third when Jamie Bahr hit into a double play with no outs, getting Nick Bachono safely home. The Aggies answered with their own double play in the fourth when third baseman Colton McKithan got the base runner out and then threw to Bachono behind the plate. Thinking the ball would be called foul, the Jets' batter didn't run and Bachono tagged him for the easy out. In the Aggie half of that inning, McKithan attempted to steal second. He darted back and forth between second and first trying to evade a tag with three Jets in on the play, but he finally landed safely on second as his path was blocked and the umpire called obstruction. The second Aggie run came in the eighth when Dillon Doucette doubled, advanced to third on an Alan Droke single, and scored off a double from McKithan. Even though the Aggies made some great plays, they only had the two runs off eight hits and the game ended 6-2, Newman.

The teams play a single nine-inning game Saturday with the first pitch set for 1 p.m. The Aggies stay at home for nonconference play April 10-11 with a 3-game series against the Univ. of Central Oklahoma.