Tarleton baseball split Saturday's doubleheader with Cameron to moved to 11-9 on the season. Fresh off a 27-7 rout over the Aggies on Friday, the Texans kept the bats going, combining to score 17 runs in the two games on Saturday.
Game 1: Tarleton 8, Cameron 3
Tarleton jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning behind Jared McCarver's 3-run home run to left center. It was McCarver's third home run of the series and fifth of the season. McCarver finished the game 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two walks to go with his three RBI. The Texans also scored a run on Francisco Rodriguez's sacrifice fly.
A 4-0 lead was plenty for starter Nathan Hickey, who despite giving up three runs (two earned), managed to record his third victory of the season (3-1). Hickey threw five innings, giving up four hits and struck out nine.
The Texan bats stayed hot in the second inning with three doubles that led to three of the four runs. Rodriguez started the scoring spree with a one-out double, followed by Dylan Lemons' RBI double. After Jake Hasbrouck's RBI groundout for a 6-2 lead, Tyler Fowler ripped a two-run double to the wall that scored a pair for an 8-2 lead. Fowler finished the game 2-for3 with a pair of RBI.
Hickey followed back-to-back four-run innings by the Texan offense with a scoreless third and struck out the side in the fourth as part of four straight strikeouts. After surrendering an RBI double in the fifth, Hickey bounced back with two straight strikeouts to finish his outing.
Conner Fletcher came on in relief and tossed two perfect innings with two strikeouts to close out the win.
"The kids did a nice job of battling and finding a way to get the W," said head coach Bryan Conger.
Game 2: Cameron 10, Tarleton 9
Cameron finally got its offense rolling in the second game of the doubleheader and led 5-1 through two innings on a three-run home run by Luke Hughes. Tarleton's first run came on Dylan Lemons' RBI single down the right field line in the first inning.
Lemons added a two-run single in the third to make it a 5-3 game. In the fourth, Ruben Rodriguez had an RBI single to right to score Elvin Alamo and Blake Adams also scored to tied the game at 5-5 on a Cameron throwing error. Lemons led the Texans offensively with a 2-for-4 outing and four RBI.
Trailing 8-6 in the sixth inning, Jake Hasbrouck stepped up and tied the game on a two-out, two-run home run to right field. Hasbrouck went 2-for-4 in the game.
However, in the top of the seventh inning, Hughes hit a go-ahead two-run home run to right, his second of the game, to give the Aggies a 10-8 advantage.
Tarleton would add a run in the final half inning on an RBI single from Francisco Rodriguez, but a groundout with two Texans on base ended the game.
Kurt Johnson started for the Texans and went 2.1 innings and gave up five runs (three earned). Chris Reed delivered out of the bullpen with 1.2 scoreless innings of work and struck out three.
Eddie Avila took the loss (0-2) with two runs surrendered in the seventh.
"We had our chances but never took advantage of them," added Conger. "Tomorrow will give us another opportunity to come out and compete and get after it."
Tarleton will look to win the series with the finale set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex.