Aggies Go 1-3 vs. First Place St. Edward’s
By Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 4/28/08
Goodwell, Okla. - The St. Edward’s University baseball team (sitting atop the Heartland Conference standings and ranked in the top thirty in the country) visited OPSU over the weekend and the Aggies played well against them. The Aggies lost two three-run games, another by just two runs, and won the final contest of the four game set played on Friday and Saturday.
They were the final home games for OPSU seniors Matthew O’Neill, Clint Stottlemyre, K.D. Bressler, Mike Roche, James Fisher, and Kyle Cremers.
St. Edward’s 5, OPSU 2
The first game of Friday’s twin bill was a tight one between two teams that wanted victory and worked for it. St. Edward’s prevailed 5-2, but Cremers gave a great effort on the mound, and though he took the loss, the senior pitched a complete game while striking out seven. Freshman third baseman Fabian Oechsle drove in both Aggie runs in the first inning with a double that plated Fisher and Luke Korum. Fisher had two singles in three trips to the plate.
St. Edward’s 7, OPSU 4
Friday’s second game was also a tight one but the Aggies came up three runs short again, 7-4. Roche and Korum both smacked home runs – Roche’s was a two run shot and Korum’s a solo. Oechsle had a pair of hits and O’Neill also drove in a run.
St. Edward’s 5, OPSU 3
It was another very close one in the first game of the Saturday double header. Though he took the loss, OPSU freshman pitcher Jason Staudt pitched a strong seven innings giving up only four earned runs while striking out four. Fisher, Korum, O’Neill and Bressler all had doubles for the Aggies and O’Neill drove in two of the Aggie runs while Oechsle drove in the other.
OPSU 4, St. Edward’s 3
The Aggies saved the best for last on Saturday and won the final game of the four game set 4-3. Both Oechsle and Stottlemyre smashed home runs and Oechsle knocked in a total of three in the game. O’Neill, Stottlemyre and Andres Belandria each had two hits for the Aggies. Aggie junior Jacob Rapp was the starting pitcher and went six good innings, giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out eight batters. Both Kyle Minor and Cremers took the mound in the seventh inning to finish the game and Rapp was credited with the win and Cremers got the save. Roche entered the four game set as the Heartland Conference stolen base leader and swiped three more to bring his season total to 22.
At the close of the weekend the Aggie season record stood at 13-37.