Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Baseball Finishes Season with a Win —By Laura Nelson on 05/06/2012 Odessa, Texas—After dropping both games of the doubleheader on Friday in Odessa against the Univ. of Texas of the Permian Basin Falcons, the Oklahoma Panhandle State Univ. Aggie baseball team had a huge 7-run ninth inning in their final game of the year to take the 13-10 win.
Neither team had scored when Thomas McGuckin stepped up to the plate and cracked a home run in the second inning with Freezy Smalls and Alan Droke on base to put the Aggies up 3-0. The Falcons scored consistently through the next three innings and took a 9-3 lead.
In the top of the eighth inning, McGuckin took a base on balls, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and then Jay Miller was hit by a pitch. The Falcons pitcher then walked two more and the Aggies walked in a run. Miller scored on a wild pitch, Nick Bachono walked, and then Tyler Patterson was hit by a pitch to walk in Curtis Noel for the third run of the inning. The Falcons scored another run in the eighth to remain ahead 10-6, but a determined Aggie team went into the ninth inning with a different outcome in mind.
It started out once again with several free bases for the Aggies as McGuckin walked, Miller was yet again hit by a pitch and Noel was also hit by a pitch to load the bases. Colton McKithan singled to score McGuckin and then DeJoseph stepped up to the plate and was hit by a pitch to walk Miller in, putting the score at 10-8. A change in pitching personnel did not help UTPB as Dillon Doucette singled to score Noel, and then McKithan scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. After a Bachono single sent Doucette and DeJoseph home and he advanced to third on an error, the Falcons again switched pitchers. Bachono scored the final run off a Droke sacrifice fly and OPSU held UTPB scoreless in the bottom of the ninth. For the game, Bachono and Noel both had three hits for four at-bats and McGuckin earned three RBIs. The Aggies had their own problems on the mound, going through seven pitchers, but Dalton Rice picked up the win and Daulton Perry was credited with a save.
The Aggies lost both Friday games with identical 3-2 scores. In the first game, McKithan and Doucette both had two hits on four at-bats and McKithan had the lone RBI. Sean Williams was given the loss. In game two, Josh Newman took the loss and Bo Ybarra had the single RBI.
The Aggies finished their season with a 5-43 record, but head coach Steve Appel will have plenty of returning experience and fans can look forward to a strong team in the 2013 season.