WTAMU baseball takes home series against Cameron

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Matt Milner of WTAMU delivers a pitch against Cameron during a Lone Star Conference game on Saturday at Wilder Park in Canyon. [Christian Guerrero/ WTAMU athletics]
The No. 5-ranked West Texas A&M baseball team protected their home turf taking three out of four games from Cameron during a Lone Star Conference series at Wilder Park on Friday through Saturday.

The Buffs opened the series with a convincing 10-2 victory on Friday. On Saturday, the Buffs opened a doubleheader beating the Aggies 6-2 before falling to Cameron 9-8 in the nightcap. On Sunday, WTAMU bounced back with a walk-off 10-9 to claim the series.

The Buffs are now 16-6 overall and 15-5 in the LSC. WTAMU hits the road this coming weekend to open a four-game set at UT Permian Basin starting Friday.

Game 1

The Buffs opened Friday plating 10 unanswered runs to run away with the 10-2 win.

The Aggies got on the board in the top of the first inning on a Wyatt Grant RBI double to left field with two outs that plated Donovan Borg followed by a WT fielding miscue that scored Grant to make it 2-0. WT responded in the home half as Ryan Camacho grounded out to short as Paul Wittmann scored from third.

The Buffs jumped out to their first lead of the game in the bottom of the second inning as a Cameron error with two outs plated a pair of runs followed by a Camacho RBI single up the middle that scored Kyle Micklus for the 4-2 lead. WT added to their lead in the fourth as Paul Wittmann scored from third on a wild pitch with two outs to make it 5-2.

WT added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as Dylan Fesperman tripled off of the right field wall with two outs to drive in Kyle Micklus followed by a Rodric Black RBI single thru the left side, the Buffs weren’t done yet as Landon Gaber kept the inning alive with a two-run single up the middle to score Black and Glenn Noronha for the 9-2 lead.

Kory Schmidt led the Buff bats going 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Camacho finished with a pair of RBIs going 2-for-5.

Nick Marshall picked up the win (2-2) for the Buffs, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in his seven innings of work.

WTAMU hitter Kyle Micklus drives a double to the outfield against Cameron on Saturday. [Christian Guerrero/ WTAMU athletics]

Game 2

The Aggies jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning as Wyatt Grant singled to right center with one out to plate Donovan Borg for the 1-0 advantage. The Buffs took the lead in the bottom of the first inning as Ryan Camacho singled up the middle with one out to score Kyle Micklus followed later in the inning by a Dylan Fesperman RBI single to make it 2-1.

Cameron responded in the top of the fourth as Elijah Tolsma singled to left with one out to score Drew Durst at 2-2. The Buffs retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth as Zak Betancourt doubled to the gap in right center with two outs to score Josh Zapata followed by a Glenn Noronha RBI single to left and an Elijah Batista two-run triple to right for the 6-2 lead.

Reese Miller picked up the win (3-0) for the Buffs, allowing no runs on just one hit with no walks and three strikeouts in his 1.2 innings of relief. Matt Milner registered his best start of the season, striking out 10 during his 5.1 frames with two earned runs allowed on six hits in the no decision.

Game 3

Cameron took an early lead in the nightcap as Grant doubled down the left field line with two outs to drive in Simpson for the 1-0 lead.

WT responded in the home half of the inning as Camacho singled down the right field line to score Paul Wittmann followed by a Kory Schmidt RBI single to left and a Fesperman sac fly to make it 3-1.

The Aggies cut into the lead in the second as Borg drew an RBI walk with the bases loaded and one out followed by a Lance Barnett two-run single to right center followed later in the frame by a Grant two-run double off of the right field wall for the 6-3 lead.

WT responded in the home half of the third as Zapata singled thru the left side with two outs to score Schmidt to make it 6-4. CU added to their lead in the top of the fourth as Gabe Clyden scored from third on an errant WT throw at 7-4.

The Buffs answered in the bottom half of the frame as Micklus singled to left field with one out to score Wittmann. WT cut into the lead again in the home half of the fifth as Zapata drove in his second run of the game with a sac fly to center that scored Fesperman to make it 7-6.

Cameron added to their lead in the top of the sixth inning as Simpson doubled to right field with one out to drive in a pair for the 9-6 lead. WT made things interesting in the bottom of the frame as Batista reached third on an error to start the inning followed by a Wittmann RBI groundout, Schmidt would drive in Micklus with an RBI groundout to make it 9-8.

Nick Yeager picked up the loss (1-1) for the Buffs, allowing four earned runs on one hit with four walks and two strikeouts in his 1.1 innings of work.

Game 4

The Buffs gave up five unanswered runs over the final four frames on Sunday afternoon before a bases clearing double by Rodric Black with two outs in the bottom of the ninth gave WT a wild 10-9 victory over the Cameron Aggies.

Cameron cut into the lead in the second on an Elijah Tolsma RBI single to left with two outs that plated Holden Tate to make it 3-2. The Aggies tied it up in the fourth as Tolsma drove in his second run of the game with an infield single with two outs to make it 3-3.

The Aggies retook the lead in the top of the fifth inning as Wyatt Grant singled thru the left side with two outs to plate Donovan Borg for the 4-3 advantage. The Buffs plated four runs in the home half of the fifth as Ryan Camacho tripled to the right field corner to plate a pair followed by a two-run homerun to left center by Dylan Fesperman for the 7-4 lead.

Cameron used the long ball to cut into the lead in the top of the sixth as Gabe Clyden lifted a solo shot to left center with two outs to make it 7-5. The Aggies cut into the lead again in the seventh as Grant doubled to the warning track in left to score Simpson all the way from third, Cameron added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a Holden Tate RBI double to the wall in center to make it 9-7.

The Buffs made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth as Wittmann started the frame with a walk followed by a flyout to left and a Camacho single to left, Cameron made a pitching change and registered a strikeout followed by an error to load the bases before a Black doubled down the left field line to clear the bases and give the Buffs a 10-9 win.

Chase Weaver became just the third true freshman to start on the mound for the Buffs under head coach Matt Vanderburg and the first since the 2010 season, joining Kyle Bartsch (2010) and Zach Walker (2009). The Hamilton, Texas product allowed three earned runs on six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in his 4.0 innings of work in the no decision.

Max Lankford picked up the win (1-0) for the Buffs, registering the final two outs of the top of the ninth to strand a pair of Aggies.

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