Aggie Baseball splits double header at home versus NOC-Tonkawa
Coming off a pair of convincing wins against Southwest Collegiate Prep the previous week, the Murray State College baseball team welcomed Northern Oklahoma College- Tonkawa to The Ranch for a double header on April 4.
After giving up a home run in the first inning and three runs in the top of the 3rd inning, the Aggies answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third to pull within a run. These runs came thanks to a series of singles by sophomores Gehrig Octavio, Jonathan Brandon, Austin Garrett, Jake Gray, Matt McElwain, and Chris Lopez to advance runners, scoring three before NOC got the final out of the inning on a pop fly by freshman Ryan Stiles. The Aggies scored another three runs in the sixth inning to take their first lead of the game, but NOC-Tonkawa came storming back, scoring three runs in the seventh inning to hold on to win the first game of the double header seven to six.
Beginning with two scoreless innings, the Mavericks took the first lead of the second game on a three-run home run by catcher Casey Harper. The Aggies answered with a sacrifice fly to score Mason Brinkley and a triple by Austin Garrett to score Gehrig Octavio. Following a sacrifice fly by Matt McElwain to score Garrett, the Aggies evened the score at three runs each to end the third inning. Murray State scored one run in each of the next three innings, including a home run by McElwain in the 5th inning, to take a three-run lead going into the seventh inning. The Mavericks scored a run in the seventh and two runs in the eighth to tie the game at six runs going into the final inning. The Aggies held NOC scoreless in the top of the ninth inning, leading to a walk off home run by McElwain in the Aggies first at bat of the ninth inning.
The win propelled the Aggies to a winning record for the year. The Aggies then traveled to Tonkawa on April 5 to conclude their home-and-away series with the Mavericks. After two offense-heavy games in Tonkawa, the Mavericks ended up winning both games on their home field to win the series.
The Aggies return to action April 8 at 1 p.m. when they take on Grayson County College in Denison, Texas. The Aggies, currently 18-18 for the season, are looking to avenge their March 25 home loss to Grayson and get back in the win column