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Tarleton Sports Information
DURANT, Okla. - The Tarleton Texans and Southeastern Oklahoma Savage Strom finally got a chance to play a full day of baseball games on and end a series that was postponed and cut short due to inclement weather. The series was shortened to just three games instead of a four-game set with the Texans (10-12-1, 8-10-1 LSC) taking the first and third game (2-0, 4-1) and the Savage Strom (13-11, 10-9 LSC) winning game two (5-1) on Monday at the Ballpark in Durant.
"It was good to see the guys come out and play the way they did forů21 innings," Tarleton head coach Bryan Conger said.
The two teams resumed play from yesterday's suspended game in the bottom of the third inning with the Texans on top 1-0. Cy Williams singled to left field to lead off the second inning and then later scored to give the Texans the early lead. Thomas de Angelis, last week's co-hitter of the week, picked up right where he left off as he added an insurance run for the Texans in the top of the seventh inning with a solo home run to make it 2-0. Scott Crook (1-0) then finished off the home team with a three-up, three-down bottom of the seventh to preserve the win.
"Thomas' home run came at a great time in the game for us," Conger said. "He is really finding his niche in the line-up and has been driving the ball great for us in the past couple of weeks."
Crook picked up the win working 4.1 innings of relief work, scattering just two hits and striking out seven.
De Angelis and Williams each finished the game with two hits apiece and scoring a run. De Angelis had the only run batted in of the game.
The Savage Storm took advantage of a three-run first inning in the second game and went on to win 5-1. The Texans had just four hits in the game with Chris Casazza collecting two of them. His RBI-double in the first inning scored the only run of the game for the Texans when Keith Peacock crossed home plate.
Danny Morris (3-3) was handed the complete game loss, going 6.0 full innings and giving up the five runs (three earned) on seven hits while walking three and striking out two.
"Besides the three-spot Danny gave up in the first inning, I thought he pitched really well," Conger said. "We just couldn't do anything offensively to back him up."
Down 1-0 in the Tarleton seventh, the Texans pulled ahead 2-1 on Andrew Wolfe's two-RBI-triple to left field. Wolfe then scored on John Ropple's fielder's choice to make it 3-1. After reaching base on a fielder's choice, Chad Cloud then came home to score on Casazza's RBI-single to make it 4-1. That would be prove to be enough as P.J. Burns (2-4) pitched his second straight master piece to get the win for the Texans.
Burns went the full 9.0 innings, allowing just one run on seven hits while walking three and striking out four.