Starts Baseball Season with Big Sticks – Win 3
by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 2/9/07
- The Oklahoma Panhandle state baseball team opened
the 2007 season with a bang this week, winning three
of their first four games – splitting a pair with
Northwestern Oklahoma State and dominating Hillside
8, Northwestern OK 4
In the season opening games for both teams, the Aggies
faced the Rangers of Northwestern Oklahoma State. In
the first game of Tuesday’s twin bill, the Aggies
jumped out fast and held on for the 8-4 victory.
Cremers was on the mound for the Aggies and went all
seven innings, allowing just three hits and just two
earned runs. The junior struck out four.
freshman Josh Garcia served notice of good things to
come as he smashed two home runs and drove in a total
of five. Casey Pickard also homered for the Aggies and
drove in another run with a sacrifice fly.
Aggies’ offensive firepower also included Brian
Dlugosch (2 of 4, including a triple), Mike Roche (1
of 4 with an RBI single), and James Fisher with two
singles in three tries.
OK 15, AGGIES 7
In the second game of the Tuesday twin bill, it was
Northwestern’s turn to put out some offensive
heat in a game that saw 22 runs scored.
the Aggies suffered their first loss of the season,
they continued with their hot bats. Mike Roche popped
a two run homer as one of his two hits, and K. D. Bressler
had two hits and two RBIs. Garret Meek and Brian Dlugosch
each had two hits and Chad Thies smacked a two run double.
13, Hillside Baptist 5
In the opener of Thursday’s double header, the
Aggies again showed their offensive potential and the
game was never in doubt. Jeremy Hingtgen also did a
nice job pitching, going all seven innings while scattering
eight hits, striking out two and giving up just four
about every Aggie figured prominently in the offensive
categories, including Josh Garcia’s two hits (one
a double) in three tries with an RBI. K. D. Bressler
had two hits and an RBI, while Brian Dlugosch smacked
a run scoring single as part of his two RBIs and stole
Roche had an RBI single and a stolen base, while Josh
Garcia went 2-3 including an RBI double. James Fisher
and Garrett Meek both stole three bases and Andres Belandria
had a pair of hits and three RBIs.
18, Hillside Baptist 3
two on Thursday was a repeat performance of the first
game of the day. This time, the Aggies plated 18 runs
behind starting pitcher Casey Pickard who went six innings,
scattering eight hits, striking out three and walking
only one. Ryan McLennan came on in relief and struck
out three batters in a single inning.
again, the Aggie bats were on fire with 17 hits and
Josh Garcia led the way with four hits in five at bats
and three RBIs. Mike Roche had three hits in five tries
and his own three runs batted in. K. D. Bressler, James
Fisher, Chad Theis and Andres Belandria all had two
hits and that quartet accounted for five RBIs between
Dlugosch and Craig Maynard also got into the act with
two RBIs each and the fleet Maynard, a quarterback on
the OPSU football team, drilled a triple.
46 runs in a four game stretch, this year’s OPSU
baseball team showed what kind of fireworks they can
display. Garcia’s four game totals stand on their
own as a great performance. The Nixon, Texas native
hit for a .692 average that included nine hits (with
two doubles and two homers), nine RBIs and seventeen