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**For Immediate Release**
Aggies Fall Twice to Fort Hays State
by Aggie Sports on 02/21/06

Goodwell, Okla.The Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies struggled in the 40-degree weather in their season home opener against Fort Hays State on Monday. The Tigers topped the Aggies in both games of the doubleheader.

Fort Hays 7, OPSU 0

In the first game, the Aggies hit the ball well but stranded six runners on base. Aggies senior center fielder JeCorey Matthews, the leading hitter in the Heartland Conference with a .478 batting average, had two hits in three tries. Catcher Wes Wise also went two for three, and first baseman Dave Pierson, who is batting .300 for the season, went one for three. Shortstop Brock Hixenbaugh also had one hit in three at bats as well.

Fort Hays 14, OPSU 4

The Aggies held the Tigers to a slim 5-4 lead through six innings in the second game. OPSU pitcher Chance Greenwood gave Fort Hays some heat from the mound despite the cold weather, but Fort Hays erupted for nine runs in the top of the seventh. With the win, the Tigers are 10-3 on the season.

Brian Dlugosch and Aaron Tecumseh each had two hits for the Aggies as well as two runs batted in.

Hixenbaugh, Wise and third baseman Chris Barnes each hit singles in three at bats and Pierson doubled.

OPSU seeks their first win of the season after losing the first nine games. Up next for the Aggies are a pair of doubleheaders at home on Saturday and Sunday against the Augustana Vikings from Sioux Falls, S.D. Opening pitch is at noon on both days at the baseball complex on the OPSU campus.

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