Baseball plates 28 runs in series win over Panhandle State
The baseball team won two of three games against Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) at Hodgetown Minor League Park. The No. 24-ranked Saints are now 30-15 overall and remain at 16-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC).
Head Coach Bryan Aughney commented, “Taking two out of three on the road against a hot OPSU team was a good result. We scored some runs in game one and handed the ball off to Jose Diaz (SR/Pinar del Rio, Cuba) for the save. We had a lightning delay in game two after scoring some runs and put Jose Ramirez III (JR/Donna, Texas) in a different position than he is used to. We have to do a better job in the bullpen collecting outs after scoring 13 runs. Brett Vasquez (SO/Mont Belvieu, Texas) had an outstanding start in game three, and we are getting primed and ready to go for the RRAC tournament. The bats came alive in game three, and we have some work to do before finishing up conference play this next weekend.”
The Saints are 2-2 against the Aggies in the all-time series.
The Saints battled in game one on Friday. They trailed 2-1 after three innings before Tyler Vivier (FR/San Antonio, Texas) tied the game by stealing home in the fifth inning. OLLU added two more runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 4-2 lead. Diaz allowed a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning but still closed out the game to give the Saints a 4-3 victory. Both teams tallied seven hits, and Matthew Klar (SO/San Antonio, Texas) batted 2-for-3 with a double.
The second game of the series was wild. The Aggies won 14-13, and both teams tallied double-digit hits. Each team scored runs in every inning except for the third and sixth. The game was tied 9-9 after just four innings. The Saints grabbed a 12-9 advantage in the top of the fifth inning, aided by a triple from Noah Rodriguez (SO/Victoria, Texas).
The Aggies responded with one run in the bottom of the inning and four in the sixth inning. The Saints trailed 14-12 going into the top of the seventh inning. Rodriguez scored on a dropped fly, but Jacob Mitchell (JR/Harker Heights, Texas ) grounded out during the next at-bat to end the game.
Heavy-hitting was on display again from both teams in the series finale on Saturday. The Saints won 11-7 behind 13 hits. Starting pitcher Vasquez struck out eight batters and allowed three runs in six innings of work. Seven Saints batters tallied at least one hit, and Diaz went 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI. OLLU heads into the last weekend of the regular season one game ahead of LSU-Alexandria in the RRAC.
The Saints conclude the regular season with a four-game road series against RRAC opponent University of Houston-Victoria from April 30-May 1.