Cowboys Split With Centenary
ABILENE, Texas — Hardin-Simmons' baseball team split with Centenary on Saturday afternoon in American Southwest Conference crossover action at Hunter Field, falling 4-0 in the first game and coming back for a 10-4 win in the nightcap.
The second game was a pitcher's duel through the first six innings with the teams tied at 2-2.
Centenary scored a run in the first when the first four guys reached. Clakley had an RBI single. Eric Zamora then settled down and thanks to a runner being thrown out at the plate got out of the inning with no further damage. HSU scored a run on an RBI single by Troy Tarrant in the first.
The Gents retook the lead in the third on an RBI groundout by Jeff Schaffert. HSU responded with a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Jon Finney.
Brunnemann replaced Zamora with two outs in the fifth and the junior righthander shut the door on Centenary until the ninth. He worked four and one-third innings of relief and struck out four allowing two runs in the ninth.
HSU exploded for eight runs in the seventh inning to earn the win. Bryan Blare had the big blow with a grand slam, but the Cowboys also had seven singles and an error in the inning. Kyle Bartlett had an RBI single, Blake Sieck had two RBI singles and Andrew Rehling had an RBI single in the inning.
Rehling and Finney each had three hits for the Cowboys and Sieck had two hits and two RBIs.
In the first game. Chase Clark(2-0) went four and two-third innings of hitless ball and Taylor Henry came on and shut the Cowboys down for the final two and a third. Clark improved to 2-0 and Henry recorded his fourth save.
HSU did not have a base hit until a Joey Dearing double in the fifth. HSU finished the game with two hits.
Blake Sieck (1-1) was the hard luck loser as he allowed three runs in six and two-third innings of work with seven strikeouts.
Centenary had four straight hits in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Kyle Morton and Jeff Schaffert had the RBI hits for the Gents. Centenary added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh when Matt Creamer singled with two outs to chase Sieck. Tyler Brunnemann came in and walked Ryan Gasporra and allowed a two-run double by Tyler Clakley to make it 4-0. The hit and eventual run charged to Brunnemann were the first of either he had allowed on the season.
The Cowboys are now 6-6 on the year and Centenary is 10-4. HSU opens ASC West play on Friday at Sul Ross State.
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