Texas Lutheran 10, Ozarks 1
SEGUIN, Texas – The Texas Lutheran Bulldogs opened the 2009 American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament Series with a 10-1 win over the University of the Ozarks on Friday.
At TLU’s Katt-Isbel Field, the Bulldogs captured game one of the best two-of-three series with 15 total hits and with seven innings from freshman ace Brad Orosey (Houston/Cypress Creek).
TLU needs one win Saturday against Ozarks to advance to the double-elimination round of the conference tournament. The Bulldogs have never lost a two-of-three series in the conference tournament, and Friday’s win moved TLU to 8-0 all-time against Ozarks.
McMurry 3, Texas-Tyler 2
TYLER, Texas — Behind a pitching gem by Kyle Martin and a two-run homer in the sixth by Tre Lips, the McMurry baseball team knocked off seventh-ranked University of Texas at Tyler, 3-2, Friday night at the Patriots’ Irvin Field.
McMurry is now on a four-game winning streak as they improve to 26-15 on the year; meanwhile, the loss drops the Patriots to 32-9. McMurry now needs to win just one game on Saturday to take the best-of-three series in the opening round of the American Southwest Conference Baseball Championship. McMurry and UT-Tyler will meet again on Saturday at 2 p.m. (doubleheader if necessary).
Martin worked seven and two-thirds innings and only surrendered two runs off of seven hits. The lefty also struck out four batters as he improves to 4-4 on the year. Adrian Gaona finished the final one and a third innings for McMurry as he shut out the Patriots (only gave up one hit) en route to recording his first save of the year.
Hardin-Simmons 15, Texas-Dallas 11
ABILENE, Texas — Hardin-Simmons received a gutsy effort from starter Tim Kriegel and the Cowboy offense pounded out 20 hits as the Cowboys defeated Texas-Dallas 15-11, Friday night in the first game of its American Southwest Championship Series at Hunter Field.
On a night, when the wind was blowing out at about 25 miles per hour, the No. 1 and 3 teams in the nation in home runs combined for eight home runs.
Kriegel (7-4) went threw 165 pitches and went eight and one-third innings for the Cowboys. The stat line was not pretty as he allowed 13 hits and 10 runs (seven earned), but he bulldogged his way through the performance to save the Cowboy bullpen for Saturday. Michael Reinhardt got the final two outs for the Cowboys.
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Mississippi College 3, Mary Hardin-Baylor 2
Clinton, MS – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball team battled back to tie the game in the top of the ninth, only to see the Mississippi College Choctaws win the game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 3-2 loss in game one of a First Round series in the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament. The loss drops UMHB to 22-16 on the season. The Choctaws improve to 27-14 on the year with the victory.
The Choctaws took a 2-0 lead on Bo Bell’s two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. It would stay that way until Ryan Moreau doubled to lead off the third inning, moved to third on Kyle Flynn’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Andrew White’s infield single to cut it to 2-1. The game would then turn into a pitcher’s duel between UMHB’s Jared Hopper and MC’s Tyler Seaman and stay 2-1 into the top of the ninth inning. The Cru left the bases loaded in the sixth and stranded nine runners through the first eight innings. Moreau led off the top of the ninth with a single. Pinch-runner Alfredo Melendez stole second on a strikeout and scored on Marcus Volz’s RBI single to tie the game at two. The Cru would load the bases, but could not push the go-ahead run across. Hopper surrendered a lead-off walk in the bottom of the ninth and was lifted after Tim Bruss’ sacrifice bunt. Dakota Bodree popped out for the second out of the inning, but the Choctaws added a walk and Chase Herrin singled right down the third base line to score pinch-runner Jacan Warren with the game-winning run.