Lions Sweep Aggies in 3-Game SeriesBy Laura Nelson on 03/04/2013 Goodwell, Okla.—After two postponements due to poor field conditions, the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Aggies finally held their home opening games Mar. 3-4 against conference rival the University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith.
It was gorgeous weather for baseball when the Aggies and the Lions took the field at 1 p.m. on Sunday for the first game of the doubleheader. In the first two innings of play, the two pitchers only gave up one hit between them. In the third, UAFS scored two runs, and OPSU tried to answer as Bo Ybarra singled and Jordan Bernal walked, but both were left stranded. The Lions plated their third and final run in the sixth with pitcher Koby Chadick tossing a complete game shutout, giving up only three hits and striking out seven. Losing pitcher Alan Scott scattered six hits, struck out six, and gave up two earned runs.
Corey Mingin took the mound in game two and sat down three in a row in the first inning. When the Aggies came to bat, Dominic DeJoseph walked, advanced to second, and then made it safely home when Alfonso Gonzalez singled to give OPSU a 1-0 advantage at the end of the inning. It did not last long, though, as Chadick, playing right field in game two after pitching game one, walked, stole second, advanced to third, and then scored. The Lions scored the go-ahead run on an error. Even though OPSU had two hits in the second, they could not turn them into runs. Both pitchers went three up and three down in the third, and then both teams had one hit each in the fourth, but neither scored. In the fifth, the Lions scored another run to increase their lead to two. Chris McClendon hit a lead-off triple in the sixth and scored when Gonzalez was thrown out at first on a fielder's choice, but the Aggies could not scare up any more runs and lost 3-2. Mingin threw a complete game, scattering five hits, striking out four, and giving up three earned runs. For UAFS, starting pitcher Brandon Taylor gave up seven hits and struck out four in seven innings of work to take the win. Reliever Jordan Hammer was credited with a save, giving up one hit and striking out two.
The Lions took a one-run lead in the first inning in game three played on Monday, but the Aggies answered right back, scoring three runs in the first. Lead-off batter McClendon walked and advanced to second on a Jordan Bernal bunt, and then to third when Gonzalez flied out to center field. Nick Crosswhite hit a two-out single and McClendon went safely home. Casey Kettler followed that with a single, advancing Crosswhite to second. Ruben Aguirre smacked a double to send Kettler and Crosswhite home for the second and third runs to take a 3-1 lead. However, UAFS came right back with a huge seven-run second inning and scored another two in the third to take a 10-3 lead. In the bottom of the third, the Aggies scored another run when Aguirre singled to bring home the third base runner. The Lions roared again in the sixth, scoring five runs while the Aggies sent in their fourth pitcher. In what turned out to be the seventh and final inning, OPSU managed to get two more runs across, but it was too little too late and the Lions took the 17-7 win. UAFS' Hasten Freeman got the win, pitching four innings, giving up only two hits. OPSU starting pitcher Joshua Land was given the loss, giving up eight hits and eight runs, seven of those earned. Aguirre had two hits for three at-bats and three RBIs. McClendon was also 2-3 and had two RBIs and Crosswhite had one RBI. For the three-game series, Ybarra earned a .571 batting average with four hits from seven at-bats.
Play at home continues Wednesday, Mar. 6, when the Cameron Aggies come to town for a doubleheader that starts at noon.