SAN ANGELO – On day that featured a pair of pitching duels, the Tarleton State Texan baseball team split Saturday's doubleheader against the Angelo State Rams, taking game one 3-1 before falling in game two, 1-0.
Tarleton's Colton Burleson (W, 3-2) picked up a complete-game-win over the Rams in game one, giving up just one run on four hits and striking out a pair of batters. Burleson walked just one and managed to throw nearly 63 percent of his pitches for strikes.
The Texans registered seven hits off ASU starter Jason Zgardowski and then collected three hits off Mason Leavitt in the eighth inning, which included scoring a pair of runs to go ahead 3-1.
Noel Nevarez doubled home Luke Slentz to break the 1-1 tie and Evan Robinson later singled him home to take the two run lead. Burleson then shutdown the Rams in order in the bottom half of the inning to secure the victory.
Leavitt (L, 0-1) was charged with the loss in game one – his first of the season – after giving up the final two runs. Zgardowski (ND) allowed just one run in his seven full innings of work. His run came in the fifth inning when Kevin Meredith opened up the inning with a single and then later came around to score on Jarded Musgrove's single to center field.
Burleson gave up his only run in the third inning when he walked Nehwon Norkeh and later threw a wild pitch to score the Ram outfielder.
Robert Baker pitched 8.1 innings of scoreless baseball in game two, but the ASU offense finally got to him in the ninth inning. Brett David led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single to center field and he later came around to score the game's only run on Cameron Massengill's bunt-single.
Baker (L, 3-3) finished the game giving up just the one run while scattering eight hits and striking out four ASU batters.
ASU's Blake Bass (W, 2-0) picked up the complete-game-win, as he did not allow a run and gave up just six hits while striking out six batters as well.
Rustin Thomas led the Texans in game two, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double.
The Texans are now 13-6 overall on the season and 4-3 in Lone Star Conference play, while ASU moves to 15-5 on the season with a 5-2 mark in conference games.
The Texans and Rams will close out the series on Sunday in San Angelo. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Foster Field.