Chaps Sweep Aggies in Weekend Matchups

Submitted by Panhandle State Sports Information on 04/17/2017 Senior Samuel Beattie put in a great performance for the Aggies in game one against Lubbock Christian; the lefty threw 7.0 innings allowing just hits and zero earned runs to the top-ranked team in the league.—Rylee Higgins photoSenior Samuel Beattie put in a great performance for the Aggies in game one against Lubbock Christian; the lefty threw 7.0 innings allowing just hits and zero earned runs to the top-ranked team in the league.—Rylee Higgins photo

Goodwell, Okla.—The Panhandle State baseball and softball teams both took three losses to Lubbock Christian in Heartland Conference games that spanned the Easter weekend.
Aggie baseball fell at home on Thursday and Friday by scores of 1-0, 16-2 and 9-0, while softball took losses Friday and Saturday in Lubbock, where they were defeated 10-2, 17-3 and 12-1.

Senior left-hander Samuel Beattie pitched a great game for the guys in Thursday's first matchup with the Chaps. Beattie threw a complete 7.0 innings and held his opponents to just three hits and zero earned runs; he struck out nine batters and walked only one. The Aggies totaled five hits in the game, but left six runners on base. Ricky Contreras got the win for LCU, going seven innings with eight strikeouts to his name.

Game two on Thursday saw a close contest through the fourth inning when the Aggies trailed 4-1. Junior Adrian Lopez got the start for Panhandle and would take the loss after 4.1 innings of work. The Chaps got off one run in the first inning, then Lopez held hitters to two hits and zero runs over the next two innings. In the top of the fourth, Lubbock Christian brought through three runs on four hits and added one more run in the fifth, before senior Tristan Hubler came in to relieve Lopez. The Aggies' first run of the day was batted in by shortstop Nate Kelly on a triple in the bottom of the fourth. LCU went on the score three runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the eighth before putting up a big six-run inning in the ninth. Pitchers Logan Litton and Felipe Beltran each got one inning on the mound, with Jeremy Norris and Hunter Hand sharing time in the ninth. First baseman Chase Graf led off the ninth with the Aggies' only homerun of the weekend. LCU's starting pitcher Daniel Crooks earned his fifth win of the season, and reliever Christian Buatte got the three-inning save for the Chaparrals.

In game three, Lubbock Christian's Russell Reber came close to a no-hitter, leaving the Aggies empty-handed through the sixth inning. Redshirt Freshman Chris Casias spoiled the streak with a single in the sixth for the Aggies' only hit of the game. Panhandle's starter Josh Casillas took the loss in 3.0 innings, allowing eight hits and six runs (three earned). Jonny Mireles, Zane Grigsby and Dallas Guerrero each got called from the bullpen to put time on the mound.

Friday afternoon the Aggie softball team had a delayed start in Lubbock to allow the fields to dry out from rains received on Thursday; the three-game series was originally scheduled to take place Thursday/Friday, but weather caused the postponement. Seniors Darcie Wilson and Anyssa Barbosa got the Aggies off to a good start in game one with solo homers in the second inning that gave Panhandle a 2-0 advantage. Those would be the only runs allowed by the Lady Chaps who went on to add runs in each of the remaining four innings of the short five-inning matchup. Pitcher Julia Ibarra held the loss for Panhandle over 4.2 innings with 15 hits and nine earned runs to her credit. Katera Eltsosie gained her 14th win of the season for LCU, pitching all five innings and allowing just three hits in the game.

The Aggies' second contest on Friday also ended in five innings with the Lady Chaps gaining three runs in the second, six in the third and eight in fourth inning. Panhandle's Brissa Rivera was given her second loss of the season, pitching 4.0 innings with 15 hits and 11 earned runs. Madison Heathington scored the Aggies' three runs on a homerun with two outs in the fifth inning. Heathington's homerun was one of four hits delivered by the Aggies in game two. Lubbock Christian's Monique Garcia earned the win in 4.0 innings with two hits and zero runs to her name.

Ibarra was back in the circle on Saturday for the series finale in which the Aggies gave up three runs in the first inning and nine in the second. Freshman pitcher Emily Worley entered for Panhandle with one out in the second inning. Worley's strong efforts on the rubber held the Lady Chaps to two hits and zero runs for the remainder of the game. Heathington knocked out her ninth homer of the season in the fourth inning, giving the Aggies their only run of the game; she sits tied in the conference ranks with teammate Darcie Wilson for second in home runs (each with nine). The win for LCU went to pitcher Katlyn Holmes who went five innings with three hits one earned run.

While Aggie baseball (8-32) competes on the road this week with a three-game Heartland Conference series at St. Mary's in San Antonio April 20-21, softball will enjoy a five-game stint at home starting on Tuesday. The Aggies will take on Eastern New Mexico in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. on April 18. April 21-22 Aggie softball steps back into conference action with games against Texas A&M International. Friday's Pink Out doubleheader is set for 1 p.m., and game three on Saturday begins at Noon. Aggie fans can keep up with the action live with links to live stats and video streaming at opsuaggies.com.


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