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**For Immediate Release**
Costeldia, Pierson Lead OPSU Softball/Baseball to Wins
by Aggie Sports on 03-29-06

Goodwell, Okla. - Tuesday was a busy day for the Oklahoma Panhandle State softball and baseball teams. The Aggies traveled to Canyon to play West Texas A&M, while the WTAMU softball team visited Goodwell to play the Lady Aggies in a doubleheader.

A pair of OPSU seniors swung big bats in the victories and set season high RBI marks.

In a wild 16-13 win, Aggie first baseman Dave Pierson drove in seven runs. Although the Lady Aggies fell to WTAMU 6-12 in the first game, catcher Jennifer Costeldia plated five runs in the second game, including a home run in the final at-bat, to lead the Lady Aggies to a 6-4 victory.

LADY AGGIES 6, West Texas A&M 4

In the second game, the Lady Aggies jumped out fast behind the strong pitching arm of Kindall Moon and the bat of Costeldia and held a 4-1 lead over WTAMU after six innings. However, a well-coached and talented Lady Buff team tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh inning. Moon pitched extremely well for the entire game, and with Costledia behind the plate, the duo led the OPSU defense.

In the bottom of the seventh, Costeldia stepped to the plate with a runner on base. Already the owner of a single and a double, the Grand Junction, Colo. native hammered a drive over the left field fence that stopped rolling somewhere in the vicinity of the football practice field.

By the end of the day, Costeldia had raised her season batting average to over .340. Her five RBI’s were a single game high for the Lady Aggies this season, and the homer was her third of the year.

Moon deserved the win for her complete game performance.

Aggies 16, West Texas A&M 13

In Canyon, it was not exactly a pitcher’s duel as 29 runs were scored over nine innings. The Aggies scored five runs in both the first and seventh innings.

Pierson, who hit a walk-off homer in last Saturday’s win over Montana State-Billings, smacked three hits in five tries, one a three-run double. On the day, the Houston, Texas native drove in a team season high seven runs and raised his batting average to .338.

Aggie shortstop Brock Hixenbaugh also homered, while teammates Rojer Johnson and Wes Wise each had three hits. Guymon, Okla. native K.D. Bressler scored each of the four times he reached base.

Tyler Wilson was the winning pitcher, and the dependable Rickey Reagan got a save.

OPSU center fielder Corey Matthews scored twice, knocked in a pair of runs, and had two hits in four tries. With that output, the senior from Oklahoma City upped his season batting average to .390, tops in the Heartland Conference.

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