A doubleheader between Southwestern Oklahoma State and Cameron on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 19) saw one of the rarest plays in baseball prolong an 11-inning contest before errors marred the Bulldogs in the second game. Cameron defeated SWOSU twice, taking a 3-2 game in 11 innings before routing the Dawgs 10-4 in the nightcap.
Cameron 3, SWOSU 2 (11 inn.)
Dietrick Turney provided the offense for SWOSU in the first game, coming through with RBI hits in the second and fourth innings, the latter tying the game at 2-2. That score would not change until Cameron pushed a run across in the top of the 11th inning, taking advantage of a hit up the middle that Turney had no play on.
There were plenty of chances for SWOSU, who left 12 batters on base for the game, to win the game with none more perfect than in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Turney singled to lead off the inning and JR Head drew a walk to give SWOSU to runners on and no outs. After a passed ball moved both into scoring position, Brandon Ruiz was intentionally walked by Cameron to load the bases. On the next play, Mang hit a lined shot at the Aggies first baseman, who was unable to make the play, that turned into a 3236 triple play and the end of the inning.
SWOSU put two runners on in the bottom of the 11th inning as well, but Ruiz grounded into a double play which ended the rally and the game.
Cole Stephens started the game for SWOSU and threw two innings before being relieved by Jonathan Johnson. Johnson pitched the next 8.1 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs to suffer his first loss of the year, moving to 0-1. Johnson struck out 10 Cameron batters and did not allow a walk in the game.
Cameron 10, SWOSU 4
SWOSU again jumped on top in the second game, scoring two runs in the top of the first on a single by Jaden Chappell. The Bulldogs offense went cold after that, not recording a hit for the next four innings, and the defense also suffered a letdown with four errors allowing five unearned runs.
Cameron went on top 5-2 with a five-run third inning which was aided by three SWOSU miscues. The Aggies would add two runs in the fourth and fifth innings and one in the sixth to take a 10-2 run. Chappell added an RBI in the bottom of the sixth with a sac fly and Cooper Chambers doubled and came around to score in the seventh, making the final margin 10-4.
Kevin Hamm made the start for the Bulldogs, throwing 3.0 innings before being chased. Hamm gave up seven hits and seven runs, just four earned, and suffered his first loss of the season, evening his record at 1-1.
Southwestern Oklahoma State will try to snap the current five-game skid this weekend when they host Arkansas-Monticello for their first home conference series of the 2013 season. The Bulldogs and Boll Weevils will play a doubleheader on Friday (Feb. 22) starting at noon and a single game on Saturday at 1 p.m.