Eagles’ rally falls just short in 6-5 loss at Texas A&M International

Dillon Andrews had two hits in OC's 6-5 loss at Texas A&M International.
Dillon Andrews had two hits in OC's 6-5 loss at Texas A&M International.

LAREDO, Texas (Feb. 19, 2013) – Alex McKeon singled and scored in the bottom of the eighth inning as Texas A&M International held off an Oklahoma Christian rally to beat the Eagles 6-5 on Tuesday at Jorge Haynes Field.

OC (3-4) rallied from deficits of 4-0 and 5-4 to tie the game heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. McKeon led off for TAMIU with a single to left-centerfield off reliever Zach Loomis (0-1) and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Salas. A walk and another single by Sean Smedley loaded the bases.

Jaron Shimmel then grounded into what should’ve been an inning-ending double play, but an errant throw to first base allowed McKeon to score what proved to be the game-winning run for the Dustdevils.

TAMIU reliever Dino Cristiani, the last of eight pitchers used by the Dustdevils, retired OC in order in the ninth to seal the win and record his second save. Baylr Bickerton (1-0) picked up the win for TAMIU.

TAMIU (10-2), which has received votes in most NCAA Division II baseball polls, used a four-run second inning to take the early lead. The Eagles finally broke through in the sixth, scoring twice on just one hit, thanks to a hit batsman (Jordan Lopez) and a TAMIU error. OC tied the game in the seventh, as Dillon Andrews and Cody Rosecrans each contributed an RBI single.

The Dustdevils went up 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh, as Alvaro Rondon doubled and scored on a double-play ball. The Eagles once again answered in the eighth, with Markus Carr coming around to score after a one-out single to left field.

Rosecrans finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Carr and Andrews also had two hits each for the Eagles, who have yet to play a home game this season and have played six games against teams either ranked or receiving votes in Division II polls. OC’s home opener will be Thursday against St. Gregory’s.