Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Baseball Opens Season with Close Game By Laura Nelson on 02/02/2013 Abilene, Texas—The OPSU baseball team opened their season in Abilene on Friday with a single game against the McMurry University War Hawks and the Aggies came up short in a close 2-1 game.
OPSU's single run came in the first inning, taking advantage of Chase Moreland's struggle on the mound. After Trey Wooten struck out, Moreland hit left fielder Dominic DeJoseph with a pitch, sending him to first. He also hit the next batter, the designated hitter Alfonso Gonzalez, and DeJoseph went to second. Both runners advanced another base off a passed ball and DeJoseph made it safely home on a wild pitch. Moreland recovered, striking out the next two Aggie batters.
OPSU's Corey Mingin pitched a complete game, facing 30 batters, allowing only four hits and striking out four. After three up and three down in the first inning, McMurry's AJ Dupre doubled and the next batter singled, advancing Dupre to third. Another single saw Dupre safely home for the tying run. McMurry did not score again until the eighth inning when shortstop Ricky Garcia doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and then scored on a sacrifice fly.
For the Aggies, center fielder Casey Kettler had two hits for three appearances at the plate, shortstop Robert Montoya went three for one and first baseman Nick Crosswhite had the fourth Aggie hit.
Combined, all pitchers only gave up four hits for each team. Mingin took the loss while Caleb Gonzalez got the win and Charlie Henjy was credited with a save.
Despite the loss, head coach Steve Appel is enthusiastic about his team, commenting, "For the first time out, I felt good about the situation on the mound and the way we played defensively. Offensively, we made some small mistakes that ultimately cost us a close game." He also said, "The atmosphere surrounding this team has changed, and the fire and desire to continue improving is there."
The men take on the War Hawks again today in a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m. to complete the three-game series.