Baseball starts season with four straight wins

WEATHERFORD, Okla. – SWOSU Baseball split their opening-series doubleheader on Friday against Cameron in two high-scoring affairs out at the Athletic Complex. The Dawgs erased an eight-run deficit in the final three innings to win game one, but dropped the second game after falling behind 9-1 and being unable to dig themselves out of the hole that was dug.

SWOSU 18, Cameron 16
Both teams came out swinging and continued to do so all game, as the wind howled out to left center field for great hitting weather with a combined 34 runs and 30 hits between the two teams. Cameron jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning which was immediately answered with three Bulldogs runs in the bottom half of the opening frame. The Aggies responded with six more in inning two and added one extra in the fourth before SWOSU would score another three spot in the bottom half once more.
It was in the top of the sixth that Cameron threw its final blow, scoring five runs on five hits to grab a 14-7 lead. After SWOSU went quiet in the sixth, the Aggies added another run for what seemed like insurance.
The Bulldogs would buckle down and respond with a punch of their own in the bottom of the seventh, taking advantage of two errors and two walks to score six runs while collecting two timely hits to get within two runs at 15-13. After a scoreless Aggie eighth, SWOSU got their bats going again this time putting up five more runs on three hits and a costly Aggie error that allowed three of the five runs to be unearned in the inning.
Quintin Dougherty came in for the Bulldogs in the ninth and after a lead-off homerun, settled in to retire the next three batters and close the game down for his second save this season.
A total of nine pitchers were used in the first game, including five SWOSU arms. Starting pitcher Gunnar Cook only pitched 2.0 innings of work after allowing eight runs on eight hits and three walks. Justin Moreno ended up with the win after coming in during the eighth inning to give the Dawgs a crucial shut-down inning to maintain their momentum.

Jason Nichols and Rafael Otero both earned themselves a three-hit performance, followed by Joel Baxley and Joshua Santos who each had two. Otero also drove in a team-high four runs in the process.

Cameron 9, SWOSU 7
Box Score (html)

The Aggies responded in the nightcap after blowing their eight-run lead, jumping out to score one run in each of the first three innings. With the score 3-1 in the fifth, Cameron scored another six runs after piecing together seven hits in the inning to take a 9-1 lead.

SWOSU would try to claw their way back into the game, scoring three runs in back-to-back innings to get within two. In the sixth, with two on and two out, Ted Wisdom was unable to deliver the game tying hit that would be the Dawg’s final opportunity to score after going down quietly in three-up and three-down fashion in the bottom of the seventh.

Brendan Peitsmeyer was charged with the loss after giving up nine runs, all earned, in 4.2 innings of work. Moreno would again make an appearance in game two, pitching 2.1 innings without giving up a run. Ruben Rodriguez was the only hitter to collect a multi-hit performance in the night cap, while Danny-David Linahan provided three RBI’s for his squad.

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