Jackets Split Pair with Aggies (3/25/06)
GOODWELL, OK – After a one
day delay due to snow, the Montana State-Billings baseball team
split wins with Oklahoma Panhandle State Saturday in Goodwell,
Oklahoma. The Jackets fell 5-3 in game one but schooled the
Aggies in game two winning 12-0. The Jackets are now 3-19 overall and 1-13 in the Heartland Conference standings. The Aggies picked up their first win on the season and are 1-26 overall and 1-13 in league play.
In game one the Jackets found
themselves in a 3-3 tie with the Aggies after seven regulation
innings. In the bottom of the ninth, the Aggies’ David Pierson
hit a homerun with one on and two outs to give Oklahoma
Panhandle the 5-3 win.
Herbig (Jr., Noxon, MT) took the loss for the Jackets.
Herbig pitched eight innings allowing eight hits. Brandon
Laffoon (So., Libby, MT) stepped in to relieve Herbig
throwing to three batters in the ninth. Laffoon threw for two
outs and gave up the game winning homerun.
“We didn’t show up ready to
play the first game and it showed,” said Yellowjacket head coach
Chris Brown. “We got ahead early and didn’t close the door or
play to our capability. Nate Herbig did a good job of battling
and giving us a chance to win and we didn’t pick him up.”
Game two saw the Jackets come
back with a vengeance putting away the easy win with 12 earned
runs off 13 hits. Chris
Martin (Jr., Billings, MT) pitched a complete game allowing
just three hits, and striking out six batters. Luke
Sansaver (Jr., Wolf Point, MT) went 4-for-4, scoring two
runs and hitting two RBI. Willie
Crtalic (Jr., Billings, MT) and Kyle Slater (Jr., Missoula, MT) each hit a double, scored two runs and had
an RBI. Patrick Smith (So., Flagstaff, AZ) was 1-for-1 with two RBI.
“In game two, we were ready to
play and were focused,” added Brown. “Once we got ahead we
never let up and kept winning every inning. That’s a good
formula for winning and that’s exactly what happened. Chris
(Martin) did a heck of a job on the hill today. He got ahead in
the count, worked down, and took control of the game. A
complete game shutout doesn’t happen very often and any time a
pitcher does that, you have to pick him up and score some runs
for him, which we did. I’m very proud of the way the guys
bounced back today and finished the day on a positive note.”
The Yellowjackets hit the dirt
against the Aggies Sunday in a doubleheader to wrap up their
games in Oklahoma. Sunday’s doubleheader will start at 12:00
p.m. MST. On Monday the Jackets head to Jefferson City,
Missouri to play back to back doubleheaders against Lincoln
University on March 29 and 30.