WT Baseball opens LSC play with win

A season-high in runs and hits by the West Texas A&M baseball team helped lead the team to a 20-8 win in its Lone Star Conference opener Friday afternoon at Cameron University. With the win, the Buffs improved to 13-6 (1-0 LSC) on the year, while Cameron fell to 6-10 (0-1 LSC).

WT junior Matt Redfearn had a monstrous day as he went a WT career and team season-high 5 for 6 with five runs scored and two doubles, while senior Parker Wood went 4 for 6 with three runs scored and tied senior Chad Miles with a team-high four RBI as WT pounded out 21 hits in the game. Miles went 3 for 5 with a run scored and four driven in. In all, six players had multi-hit games.

Senior reliever Andrew Elkins picked up the win (2-0) as he went two innings, allowing two hits, three runs â?? two earned, two walks and two strikeouts. He relieved junior starter Nick Duncan who went three innings.

The Aggies were led by Kaz Sanders who went 3 for 5 with two runs scored as they had four players who had multi-hit games. Starter Justin Walker was tagged with the loss (0-3) as he went just three innings allowing eight hits and six earned runs with a walk.

The series continues tomorrow as the doubleheader is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, followed by a single game Sunday at 1 p.m.

A bloop-single to center by Redfearn with one out in the first, followed by a hit batsman and a RBI single through the right side by Wood gave WT a 1-0 lead in the first as the Buffs continued their early-inning scoring.

The Aggies got a lead-off double by Nick Smith in the bottom of the first and a fielderâ??s choice moved Smith to third with runners at the corners and nobody out. Duncan got out of the jam with a strikeout, a ground out and senior catcher Chad Miles gunned down Keaton Green at second to end the inning.

Cameron evened the score in the bottom of the second with a single and a nice bunt single, followed by a sacrifice fly by Kevin Lum for a 1-1 score.

WT plated three runs in the top of the third beginning with a lead-off, solo home run by senior Tate Baker as it was his third round-tripper of the year. Following the home run, Redfearn doubled to deep right, followed by a sacrifice bunt from senior Justin Henderson Wood tallied his second RBI of the game with a double to right for a 3-1 score. Senior David Hebert singled to short as Wood came in for a 4-1 lead.

Following a lead-off walk in the bottom of the frame, Duncan got two quick outs, but tallied his second walk of the frame as Brandon Raidy sent a deep ball to right center. Baker camped under it and made the catch to end the threat.

Junior Jase Mogan began the fourth with a single to left, followed by a double down the left field line from Miles for runners at second and third with nobody out. Baker doubled home the first two runs of a seven-run frame for an 11-1 lead as the Buffs batted around bringing 12 batters to the plate.

Cameron came back in the bottom of the frame as a lead-off and Lum doubled to right and advanced to third on a throwing error plating one run. An infield single scored the third run of the game for the Aggies as Duncan plunked Brad Blumer forcing the Buffs to go to the bullpen in favor of senior Andrew Elkins.

Elkins got a fly out and two strikeouts to end the inning. The Buffs plated two more runs in the fifth as Redfearn singled and Henderson doubled to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Hebert was plunked by the pitch with the bases loaded for the first run and Morgan walked with the bases loaded for the second and a 13-3 lead.

The Aggies plated three runs in the bottom of the frame and an error also helped cutting the deficit to 13-6. The Buffs added a run in the sixth on a passed ball as Redfearn scored following a single to center and a wild pitch for a 14-6 lead.

A two-run home run by Kenny Acosta brought the Aggies within 14-8 in the sixth. WT added a run in the seventh and posted the first scoreless inning since the third in the seventh for a 15-8 lead heading into the final two frames.

WT kept its string of innings with at least one run intact as Redfearn opened the frame with a double and Henderson reached on a bunt single, followed by a RBI single to right from Wood. From there, WT plated four more runs courtesy of a two RBI double from senior Tate Baker and a RBI single from Miles for a 20-8 lead.

Cameron left the bases loaded in the eighth as the game was called due to the mercy rule. It was the third mercy rule win for the Buffs this season.