Aggies salvage double-header split with Permian Basin again
A doubleheader for the second day in a row could have spelled double trouble for the Cameron baseball team, but the Aggies salvaged another split winning 8-7 before losing 11-2 in game two over Texas-Permian Basin (6-27 overall, 2-6 Lone Star Conference) at home on Monday afternoon. Cameron (15-20, 5-7) split the four-game series with the Lone Star Conference cellar dweller, UTPB.
In the first game of the afternoon at McCord Field, in which Cameron snuck out an 8-7 win, sophomore Luke Hughes saved his only hit of the day in six plate appearances for last when he delivered a walk-off RBI single to score Mitch Sloan in the bottom of the ninth.
Cameron had jumped out to a 6-2 lead after the fourth inning before nearly blowing the game when Permian Basin promptly responded with five unanswered runs of its own in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at 7-7.
Cole Williams, who earned 4 RBIs with one swing of the bat, was largely responsible for helping CU jump out to an early lead as the senior catcher launched a grand slam to left field, breaking a 2-2 tie. Later in the fourth inning, Michael Flohr, who went 2-for-3, stole second base and Briton Schiewe, who went 2-for-5, seized his chance and stole home simultaneously to score the Aggies' seventh run of the inning to take a 7-2 lead.
Skyler Henderson (3-2) earned the win for the Aggies, tossing 2.1 innings in relief while notching five strikeouts. Henderson's strikeouts came at the most opportune time, after Abraham Renteria yielded six hits and five earned runs in 1.2 innings during the Falcons' late surge. Gaige Vines settled for the no-decision, after earning the start and pitching a solid 5.0 innings of work, yielding seven hits and two earned runs while tallying six of the Aggies' 11 strikeouts.
UT-Permian Basin earned the edge in team hits, tallying 15 to Cameron's 13.