After combining for a jaw dropping 41 runs on Thursday evening, the Central Christian College and Panhandle State University baseball teams were back on the diamond Friday to finish their three-game series at Tiger Stadium.
For the Aggies (20-26, 10-12), they picked up right where they left off from the night before. They belted out five home runs in route to defeating the Tigers (5-38, 3-19) 16-1 in game one of Friday's doubleheader. The Tigers couldn't get anything going offensively, managing just one run on four hits. That run came in the third inning when Andru Kemp doubled, and then scored two batters later on a fly ball, and then an error by the Aggies. The four Tiger hits were three singles by Nate Patterson, Brian Marroquin and Zachary Gingrich, and the double by Kemp.
On the mound for the Tigers on Senior Day, was senior Cameron Bonds. He worked the first four and two-thirds innings, giving up 12 runs to the Aggies on 15 hits. With two outs in the fifth, the Tigers went to their bullpen and brought in freshman Casey Southwick. Southwick recorded the final out of the fifth inning, and the first out of the sixth before his day ended. In that time span, the Aggies scored four runs on three hits. Justin Freas, who has spent the bulk of his playing time this spring at first base, and a little at third base, was called upon to pitch the final inning and two-thirds. He shutout the Aggies, holding them hitless and recording a strikeout and a walk.
The Tigers regrouped for the final game of the series, hoping to salvage at least on victory. They sent Jared Jones to the mound, and with the exception of one inning, he had a great outing. He ended up pitching a complete game, giving up six runs to the Aggies on seven hits, with nine walks, and five Ks. The defense behind Jones was solid, committing just one error, but it was the offense that couldn't do enough to get the job done.
After holding the Aggies scoreless in the top of the first, The Tigers go on the board when Kemp doubled and then came around to score on an errant throw by the Aggies' shortstop. Unfortunately, the Tigers couldn't hold the lead. Two home runs in the top of the second inning led to five runs for the visitors, and they took the lead 5-1. A half inning later, the Tigers trimmed the Aggie lead to one, with three runs in the inning, one on a solo home run by Brian Marroquin. Over the next three innings, neither team was able to crack the scoring column.
The Aggies finally broke through with an insurance run in the top of the seventh, to take a 6-4 lead heading into the final half inning. After JD Noey was hit by a pitch with one out, the Tigers sent the tying run to the plate twice. Both hitters launched fly balls into the outfield, but they didn't have enough fuel to leave the park. The Aggies ended up completing the sweep with a 6-4 victory in the series finale.
At the conclusion of the series, the Tigers honored six seniors, Bonds, Kemp, Marroquin, Chance Carney, Will Wild and Laramie Lumley, who played their final home series in a Tiger uniform.