Tarleton State (20-7, 15-6) busted out the brooms and completed a three-game road sweep of Angelo State (17-15, 11-10) by throttling the Rams 11-1 and 11-5 in a Saturday doubleheader in San Angelo.
The victories jumped the Texans into a second-place tie alongside Southwestern Oklahoma State and Incarnate Word in the Lone Star Conference standings. Tarleton holds the head-to-head tiebreaker against both teams.
Southeastern Oklahoma State (13-5 in LSC) is in first place by winning percentage, and the Savage Storm hold the tiebreaker against Tarleton.
The Texans are on break from LSC play until April 8 when they begin a three-game series against Northeastern State, but four non-conference games will fill in the gap.
Tarleton hosts Howard Payne in a single game at 6 p.m. tonight and entertains Texas-Permian Basin in a three-game regional series this weekend. Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's single game both begin at 1 p.m. at Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex.
Tarleton 11, ASU 1
Ryan Salt tossed a complete-game (7 innings) two-hitter and Tarleton scored in five of seven at bats for an easy 11-1 victory in the opening game of the doubleheader.
Salt hit two batters, walked four and tossed three wild pitches, but one thing he managed to avoid was contact with the ASU bats. He improved to 2-0 on the season while striking out four. He had to face only 28 batters.
Two-out hitting gave the Texans a commanding early lead as Zane Hensley ripped a 2-RBI double down the right-field with two down in the first and Andrew Kapple homered and Junior Dishmey had an RBI single - both with two outs - in the second to make it 4-0.
Tim Rainey used a sacrifice bunt to bring a run home in the third before Angelo took advantage of a walk and two wild pitches when a sacrifice fly brought its only run in to make it 5-1 heading to the fourth.
That's when the Texans put the game away.
Landon McCall walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch then stole third. He scored on a double by Ethan Stuckly before Mark Jeffery bombed a two-run homer to left to make it 8-1.
The Texans scored three more in the seventh when Rainey had an RBI single followed by a 2-RBI double off the bat of McCall.
Stuckly finished with three hits while McCall, Dishmey and Hensley each had two. McCall, Jeffery, Hensley and Rainey each had two RBIs.
Tarleton 11, ASU 5
Tarleton reached double figures in runs for the third straight game, outscoring ASU 9-0 over the final four innings to erase a 5-2 deficit.
The Texans pulled within one with a 2-run sixth, then took the lead with a 2-run seventh.
Chris Cassaza, who had a quiet series, walked to begin the sixth. He advanced all the way to third when one of four ASU errors allowed Travis Hayes to reach first. Cassaza scored on a double by Rainey and Hayes added an unearned run on a single by McCall.
The seventh-inning damage by the Texans came on one hit as Hensley homered over the center field fence after Jeffery drew a walk. The dinger made it 6-5 before Tarleton buried ASU in the top of the ninth.
Tarleton had two on and one out when Hayes singled through the right side to bring in the first run of the ninth.
The second out came at home on a double-steal attempt, but a fielding error and an infield single before Mccall plated two runs on a fielder's choice before the Texans scored twice more on another ASU error.
McCall finished with two hits and three RBIs in six at bats, while Hensley and Stuckly each had two hits and a pair of RBIs.
Nathan Lewis picked up the win for Tarleton, improving to 4-1. He came on in relief in the third inning and worked 4-2/3 frames while allowing just one run on two hits.
Ryan Turner picked up his sixth save after working a perfect 1-2/3 innings.
Brandon Van Riper started the game for Tarleton and made it just 2-2/3. He allowed four runs, only two of which were earned.