Rams sweep Buffaloes

Baseball tied for first place conference title

By Sam Fowler
On April 28, 2016

   Baseball completed a thrilling three game sweep of West Texas A&M April 22 and 23 to tie for first place in conference. Senior pitcher Matt Shannon delivered his fifth win in a strong performance in the 2-1 win over the Buffaloes in game one. Senior pitcher Graylon Brown came on in the ninth inning and, after giving up a run to make the score 2-1, recorded his fifth save of the season. Senior Paxton DeLaGarza was quiet throughout the game going 0-3 at the plate before delivering the eventual winning run with his homerun in the sixth inning. Games two and three both saw the Rams on the ropes against the Buffs in the April 23 doubleheader.

   In game two, the Rams were held to just one run through the first five innings and down 5-1 going in to the sixth inning. DeLaGarza scored two runs and put runners at second and third base on an error by the WTAMU third baseman to make the score 5-3. Junior Jay Gonzales tied the score with his two run single. A pair of one run doubles by Steven Pinales and David Goggin put the Rams on top 7-5 going into the top of the seventh. Brown came on to shut down the Buffs in the top of the seventh inning and preserved the 7-5 victory and recorded his sixth save of the season.
   Game three saw the Rams facing the same 5-1 deficit they had conquered earlier in the day. Once again, down to their final six outs, the Rams rallied in the eighth inning. Senior Jarryd Klemm sparked the rally with his RBI ground rule double to push the score to 5-2. After a Pinales’s single advanced Klemm to third base, junior Tyler Coolbaugh delivered an RBI single to plate Klemm and make the score 5-3. With the bases loaded, sophomore Elias Aguirre plated two runs to tie the game at five. Senior Sam Kohler gave the Rams a 7-5 lead with his two run single to right field to end the Rams’ scoring in the eighth inning.
Brown pitched two and a third innings of relief, giving up one hit for the Rams in the 7-6 win for his fifth winning decision of the season.
   After the sweep, the Rams now sit atop the conference standings tied with Texas A&M-Kingsville for first. The Rams will travel to Oklahoma April 29 and 30 to face Cameron University in a three game series.

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