ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' baseball team split an American Southwest Conference doubleheader with East Texas Baptist, winning the first game 5-4 before falling 4-2 in the series deciding game on Saturday at John J. Hunter Field in Abilene.
The Cowboys led most of the game and then had to rally for a 5-4 win.
The game stayed 2-0 until the top of the fifth when the Tigers scored three unearned runs. The Tigers used a single and then three straight bunts (one that was an error) to score a run and the Connor Combs added a two-run home run.
HSU tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Hunter Garrison had a bases-loaded walk. ETBU received a home run in the top of the sixth inning on a Landen Barns home run.
Roper went five and one-third innings allowing four runs, but just one was earned. Taylor McMackin (1-1) worked the final inning and one-third and picked up the win in relief.
John Marrs started and went just two and one-third innings for the Tigers. Adrian Stover, Alex Arellano and Call Florence all worked in relief. Florence took the loss to fall to 2-2.
Hudspeth had four hits for the Cowboys and Hunter Garrison added three hits. Landon Barns had two hits for ETBU.
Both teams pitched well in the second game, but it was the Tigers that came up with the clutch hits for the win. HSU left 12 runners on base in the game and 25 in the doubleheader.
The Cowboys scored first with an RBI double by Cade Johnson in the second inning. ETBU took the lead in the third on an RBI double by Seth Mikeska and a RBI single by Barns.
ETBU added two runs in the seventh inning on a two-run home run by Combs.
HSU scored a run in the eighth inning when the Cowboys scored on an error. HSU once again left the bases loaded.
Hayden Clark went six and two-third innings and scattered four hits and allowed just two earned runs but fell to 3-2 with the loss. Justin Adams and Taylor McMackin recorded seven straight outs out of the bullpen.
Alan Underwood when six solid innings allowing only a run on five hits to improve to 2-0 on the year. Chad Boudreaux worked the final three innings, allowing only an unearned run.
Hudspeth and Cade Johnson had two hits each for the Cowboys Combs had two of the six hits for ETBU.
The Cowboys are now 7-11 overall and 4-5 in conference play. ETBU improved to 12-8 and 5-4 in league play. HSU will play a non-conference game on Tuesday at Schreiner at 2 p.m.
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