OPSU’s Jacob Clinton pitched a complete game and earned the win in the Aggies big 17-7 victory over West Texas A&M on Tuesday. - Hector Cobos Photo
**For Immediate Release**
Aggies Get Big Baseball Win Over West Texas A&M
- By Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 03/19/08
Goodwell, Okla. -- What a difference a week can make – especially in college baseball. On March 11, West Texas A&M visited Oklahoma Panhandle State and downed the Aggies 14-2. On Tuesday afternoon, the Aggies visited WT in Canyon and nailed a 17-7 victory.
OPSU pitcher Jacob Clinton, injured for a good part of the season, was on the mound and earned a gritty complete game win, striking out three and walking just two over the full seven innings. Clinton raised his season record to 2-3.
Clinton got plenty of offensive help from his teammates who hammered out 18 hits. OPSU jumped out to a five-run lead in the second inning as James Fisher singled in a run and outfielder Chad Thies promptly hammered a big-time grand slam homer. The Aggies scored another five runs in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the sixth.
Other Aggies swinging with power included Mike Roche, Fabian Oechsle, and Mike Jameson. Roche, an outfielder who has been hot of late, drove in four runs on three hits, including a triple and a homer.
Oechsle was a perfect four of four at the plate including a double and two homers while driving in three runs. Just a freshman, Oechsle is a third baseman and one of two Aggies from Sydney, Australia (the other is first baseman Matt O’Neill who had a single in the victory).
Jameson (catcher) walked twice and had two hits including his fifth homer of the season. K. D. Bressler added a pair of singles in three trips to the plate.
Thies and Fisher also had doubles and Thies’ five RBI’s was an Aggie single game high this season.
OPSU, now 7-19 on the season, will play double headers at home this Friday and Saturday against Heartland Conference rival Lincoln University. Both twin bills are slated to start at noon.