Aggies prevent sweep in Odessa

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Jacob Jardel

Staff Editor

The Aggie baseball team suffered a recent setback during a pair of doubleheaders against Texas-Permian Basin on Feb. 8 and 9.

Cameron dropped the first three games of the weekend slate in Odessa, Texas, before climbing back up to .500 on the season with a win in the final game.

In the first Saturday game, the Black and Gold pulled ahead to a 3-1 lead before the Falcons pulled ahead in the middle innings, leaving Cameron with a 5-3 loss.

The scoring started early for Cameron after sophomore left fielder Jordan Climpson singled in the top of the first, driving in senior second baseman Kas Sanders for the game’s first run.

After UT-PB answered with a one run in the bottom of the inning, Sanders would drive in a run of his own in the top of the second, singling home senior center fielder Brandon Raldy. Senior first baseman Brad Blumer would drive in junior shortstop Codey McElroy later in the inning to put the Aggies ahead 3-1.

The team would lose the lead in the bottom of the third when the Falcons knocked in three runs, bringing the score to 4-3. Cameron would allow one more run in the fifth, bringing the final score to 5-3, Permian Basin.

The second game of the weekend stand featured another loss for the Aggies, despite the team tying up the game in the later innings.

In the same vein as the previous game, Cameron was the first team on the board after senior right fielder Tobin Mateychick’s double in the first drove in Blumer and Sanders.

The Falcons would pull ahead in the next two innings with one run in the bottom of the second and two in the bottom of the third.

Mateychick kept the Black and Gold in the running when his fifth inning single drove in Climpson; but a run in the bottom of the sixth sealed the team’s fate, a 4-3 loss.

The first game of the Sunday doubleheader featured the Aggies starting on top before Permian Basin came back in the later innings to saddle the Aggies with their third loss of the series.

After two scoreless innings, Climpson drove in the game’s first run on a double down the left field line, scoring Raldy. In the next at bat, Blumer grounded out to third, but not before Mateychick came around to drive the score to 2-0, Cameron.

However, the Falcons were able to seal their third win of the four-game set after driving in a run in the fourth, three runs in the fifth, and two runs in the sixth, leaving the Aggies with a 6-2 loss.

The Black and Gold ended the weekend on a high note with a 5-2 win behind a four-hit pitching performance from senior Steve Matta.

Cameron’s scoring started in the first inning on an error from the UT-PB third baseman, allowing McElroy to reach base and Climpson to score. The next inning, Mateychick’s double to left scored junior third baseman Garrett Schaede, bringing the score to 2-0.

Raldy put the Aggies up 3-0 when his single to left brought Sanders in to score. Sanders returned the scoring favor in the seventh, driving in McElroy on a single. Later that inning, junior catcher Tyler Palmer finished the scoring output when his single brought junior designated hitter Matt Nilmeyer in to score.

The Falcons made a late-game rally, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh; but junior reliever Josh Nielson held back Permian Basin to seal the 5-2 win for the Black and Gold.

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