Tarleton State starter Pete Perez stymied Angelo State in leading the Texans to a 2-0 win in 11 innings in the Lone Star Conference Baseball Championship game here Tuesday to force an if-necessary contest.
Perez allowed only three hits with seven strikeouts in nine shutout innings as the Texans and Rams ended regulation with a scoreless tie.
Tarleton broke the 0-0 standoff in the 11th inning, as Ty Crump was hit by a pitch and Evan Robinson walked, which brought Ryan Small to the plate. The second baseman singled through the left side to put the Texans ahead. With two outs, Tarleton added an insurance run courtesy of a Garrett Hardey single, which plated Small.
Britt Robertshaw, who relieved Perez, took down the Rams in order with a ground out, strike out and fly out to end the game and pick up the win (3-2) for the Texans.
ASU starter Rick Reyna was equally impressive in the pitcher’s duel, with a four-hit shutout and three K’s through the first seven innings. In relief, Austin Church threw three innings, allowing one hit with three strikeouts. The Rams Michael Weatherly took the loss (5-3) permitting both runs before Jake Albert ended the frame.
Tarleton and ASU take the field Wednesday at Noon for a winner-take-all rematch. The Texans are looking for their third LSC tournament title (1989, 1991), while the Rams are aiming for a second crown (2007).