OPSU Baseball Goes 1-3 Against Tough Incarnate Word
- By Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 03/03/08
Goodwell, Okla. -- The University of the Incarnate Word baseball team was riding in first place in the Heartland Conference and came to Goodwell last weekend for Friday and Saturday double headers against the Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies. The Aggies picked up a 2-1 win on Saturday in the four game set.
Incarnate Word 9, OPSU 6
In the opening game on Friday, OPSU pitcher Kyle Cremers was excellent through six innings of shutout baseball and his teammates, thanks mostly to a grand slam homer from catcher Mike Jameson, gave the Aggies a 5-0 lead through six innings.
However, UIW put together a power display in the top half of the seventh (and final) inning with nine runners crossing the plate for a 9-6 win.
Matthew O’Neill had two hits for the Aggies to go with an RBI and Clint Stottlemyre’s double accounted for the other OPSU run. Outfielder James Fisher also had two hits for the Aggies.
Incarnate Word 16, OPSU 1
The second game on Friday belonged almost totally to Incarnate Word.
Hayden Patton, Brandon Hill, Mike Roche, Stottlemyre, Jameson and Fisher got the OPSU hits.
OPSU 2, Incarnate Word 1
In the first game of Saturday’s double header, OPSU designated hitter Chad Thies smacked a two run single in the fourth inning - and behind some strong pitching from Jason Staudt - it was enough to give the Aggies a nice 2-1 win against a very tough team.
The Panhandle wind did not help either team and many times well hit fly balls seemed to die in midair, then drop.
Staudt (the winning pitcher) did a fine job on the mound, scattering six hits and giving up just one run over six innings. Jacob Rapp came on in relief of Staudt in the seventh and earned the save.
Incarnate Word 6, OPSU 1
In the second contest of the very windy Saturday afternoon, the Aggies mustered just a single run.
Getting hits for OPSU were Luke Korum, K.D. Bressler, Garrett Meek, Roche and Stottlemyre.
At the end of the day on Saturday, the OPSU season record stood at 5-12 and Incarnate Word (coached by former major league player Danny Heep) stood at 14-3.