**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Baseball Takes 3 of 4 from Rockhurst
by Aggie Sports on 05/09/05
Goodwell, OK – The college baseball was just about as good as it gets as Oklahoma Panhandle State won three of four games played against a very solid Rockhurst team in doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. They were the final games of the season for the Aggies.
Rockhurst 3, AGGIES 1
Saturday, in a contest that went 11 innings (instead of the regulation seven), the Aggies’ Doug Clendenning and Rockhurst’s J. P. McGrath each pitched extremely well. Clendenning pitched eight innings and gave up only five hits and one run before being relieved by Fabian Garcia, who also pitched well. The game was deadlocked at one run each after ten innings, but Rockhurst’s Shane Lankford smacked a two run double in the top of the 11th to give his team a 3-1 victory.
OPSU’s Ryan Forsythe had three hits in five trips (including a double) and teammate Chris Barnes went two for three. Forsythe and Barnes each swiped a base as well.
AGGIES 1, Rockhurst 0
In Saturday’s second game, the pitchers again ruled the diamond and this time it was the Aggies Ricky Reagan (clocked at 90 miles per hour on the speed gun), who struck out nine and gave up but three hits over eight scoreless innings.
Outfielder JeCorey Mathews moved to the pitcher’s mound in the ninth and threw three more scoreless innings. The game ended in the bottom of the 11th inning when the swift Matthews (who also had two hits) raced home on a wild pitch for the OPSU win.
AGGIES 3, Rockhurst 2
Sunday’s first game was another nail biter and OPSU’s Dustin Paquette scattered seven hits over seven innings, struck out six, and walked only two.
Rockhurst held an early 2-0 lead, but that changed quickly when JeCorey Matthews and Wes Wise each smashed solo homers in the Aggie half of the fourth. Ryan Forsythe charged home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh to give OPSU the 3-2 victory.
AGGIES 6, Rockhurst 4
Just prior to the final game of the four game set, OPSU seniors Ryan Forsythe and Clint Kygar were honored. The fireworks waited until the fifth inning to go off, but that is exactly what they did with Rockhurst ahead 3-1. OPSU’s Brock Hixenbaugh opened the inning with a double to right, and after a JeCorey Matthews single, Dave Pierson followed with another single to plate Hixenbaugh, and Matthews soon came home on a wild throw to tie the game 3-3.
Still in the same inning, Chris Barnes drove in another run and K.D. Bressler knocked in yet another to give the Aggies a 6-3 lead. They held on for a 6-4 win.
Hixenbaugh had two hits in three tries and Barnes (who had been playing third base) came on in relief to get the win. Dustin Paquette, who less than three hours earlier pitched a seven inning complete game, was awarded the save.
Kygar made an outstanding diving catch in right field to stop what could have been a big Rockhurst third inning.