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Tarleton Sports Information
The Tarleton baseball team dropped the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader 22-4, but turned around to defeat No. 19 Angelo State 7-4 in the series finale at Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex.
The Texans are now 7-11-1 overall on the season and 4-7-1 in the Lone Star Conference. The Rams finish the series with a 12-7 mark overall and 8-4 in the LSC.
The Rams scored first in game one, bringing home a run via a steal of home plate. Tony Kostelnik was caught in a rundown trying to steal second base and Clay Puckett stole home in the process and scored before Kostelnik was tagged out giving the Rams a 1-0 lead.
ASU tacked on five runs in the third inning to increase its lead to six runs. With two runs already in and the bases loaded, Austin Lasprilla hit a routine fly that started towards center field, but with winds gusting up to 35 mph – the ball ended up dropping just inside the right field base line allowing all three runners to score.
The Rams brought 16 batters to the plate in the top of the fourth inning and were able to put the game out of reach, scoring 11 runs on 10 hits to take a commanding 17-0 lead. Then in the fifth inning, the Rams brought home five more runs to make it a 22-0 game.
The Texans managed to bring home two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hayden Moss led off the inning with a double to left field then scored later on an error. Chirs Casazza reached base on an error and then with the bases loaded scored on a ground ball out.
Tarleton added two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Charlie Ulbricht RBI-single and a sacrifice fly from Moss, but that would be the final runs of the games as the Texans dropped its worse game of the season, 22-4.
Michael Gunter (2-1) picked up the win for the Rams allowing no runs while scattering six hits and striking out four.
Morris (3-1) was handed his first loss of the season giving up a season-high eight runs on six hits.
The Rams took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning of game two on an RBI-single from Lasprilla and an RBI-ground out by Kostelnik.
In the Tarleton second, John Ropple singled through the left side of the infield to score Ulbircht on the play. Then with the bases loaded, Casazza smashed the ball to right field and all three runs came around to score that gave the Texans their first lead of the series, up 4-2.
Ropple came around to score on an Austin Evans ground ball hit in the fourth inning that extended the Texans lead to 5-2.
ASU pulled within two runs of the Texans in the fifth inning when Lasprilla scored on Keith Towne’s single through the right side.
Chad Cloud came around to score in the bottom of the sixth inning on a single by Austin Evans that increased the Texan lead to 6-3.
ASU added a run in the top of the eighth inning, again to pull within two runs of the Texans, to make it a 6-4 game.
The Texans tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning on an Evans RBI-single and Kris Stierwalt shutdown the Rams in the ninth inning to secure the Texans 7-4 win.
Moss and Evans both had multi-hit games for the Texans, but it was Casazza’s three RBI on the day that put the Texans over the top.
Austin Neal (1-2) picked up his first win of the season going 5.0 strong innings, allowing three runs on just four hits and striking out five.
Stierwalt picked up the untraditional save working the final four innings in relief. He gave up just the one run on three hits and struck out four.
Michael Medrano (2-1) was saddled with the loss giving up four runs in just 1.2 innings of work.
The Texans will travel to McKinney on Tuesday, Mar. 3 to face No. 17 Ouachita Baptist. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Gabe Nexbitt Field.