**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
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
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
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.