Aggies take Conference Title
The Murray State College Aggie Baseball team played host to Northern Oklahoma College-Enid for the last home game of the conference season. The Aggies went into the two-game series needing a win to clinch the conference title.
Game one started with the NOC-Enid striking first. The Jets put up 4 runs in the first three innings. The Aggies answered back to 2 runs each in the fifth and sixth innings. At the end of seven innings, it was all tied up at 4 each sending the teams into extra innings. After a scoreless eighth inning, the Aggies found themselves in the bottom of the ninth with two out and a runner on third base. With sophomores Colt Pickens at the plate and Blake Campo on third, Head Coach Zach Crabtree called for the steal. The pitch to Pickens went wide and into the dirt. The ball was stopped by the catcher, but the window was open enough for Campo to take the plate. With that run, the Aggies took the game 4-5 and with it the conference title.
Offensively for the Aggies, Connor Counce was 1 for 3 with a triple, 1 RBI, 1 walk, and a run scored. Brance Kahle was 2 for 4 with 1 run scored. Also chipping in for the offense were Brandon Grimsley with a double, and Austin Stewart, Lane Paul and Chase Watt each with an RBI.
On the mound, Austin Hagy went 7 and two-thirds innings striking out 5 batters, and giving up 8 hits and 4 runs. Jordan Scott came in at the end, facing two batters and taking the win for the Aggies.
MSC also took game 2 against NOC-Enid 5-6, holding on as the Jets threatened by scoring 5 runs in the top of the seventh. Hunter Raley got the win for the Aggies, going 4 scoreless innings and striking out 7 batters. Jordon Scott got the save for the Aggies.
The Aggies now head to the NJCAA Division II Region 2 tournament at Bill Doenges Memorial Park Stadium in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The Aggies face off against Western Oklahoma College at 7:00 p. m. on Friday.
As the conference season comes to a close, the Aggies find themselves Division leaders in several categories. The team ranks 14th in batting average (.333), 4th in both RBIs (353) and runs (409), 3rd in doubles (108) and slugging percentage (.523), and 1st in total bases (834) and home runs (55). Fifteen of those home runs come from sophomore Connor Counce, who ranks at number one among all Division II players. Freshman Trenton Dupre is tied for 17th in wins with 7.
Stats and schedule information for the Aggies can be found on the College website at mscok.edu.