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Tarleton Sports Information
The No. 15 Tarleton State baseball team had little time to enjoy its new ranking before getting beat up 17-2 by No. 13 St. Mary’s in Tuesday’s non-conference contest at Cecil Ballow baseball complex.
The Rattlers struck first in the top of the second inning when they scored a pair of runs courtesy of some timely small ball. An RBI groundout and an RBI single put the visitors up 2-0.
St. Mary’s was not done that inning, adding two more runs on an RBI-triple and an RBI-single.
Down 4-0 heading into the bottom half of the second, the Texans got on the board after third basemen Junnior Dishmey and first baseman Zane Hensley singled to lead off the inning. That is when centerfield Tim Rainey stepped up and hit a deep sacrifice fly that nearly left the park, and was enough to plate Dishmey, making it 4-1.
St. Mary’s must have remembered the first game that the two teams played because the Rattlers made sure in the fourth inning that Tarleton would not have an easy time getting back into the game.
In the top of the fourth, the Rattlers’ Reagan Moczygemba and Jason Garcia both hit grand slams to put St. Mary’s up 12-1. And if that wasn’t enough, they added a solo home run back-to-back behind the second grand slam, pushing the difference to 13-1.
Tarleton had a chance to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the fifth when the Texans loaded the bases on two hit-by-pitches and a walk. Dishmey drew another walk, scoring shortstop Nathan Hille for the Texans’ second run.
The bases were still loaded, but the Texans spoiled the opportunity.
St. Mary’s went on to add three more in the top of the sixth on two home runs and another in the seventh to finish the scoring.
Reliever Tanner Ross (0-1) was saddled with the loss after giving up three runs in 2/3 of an inning. Starter Kenneth Stockton was the lone bright spot in Tarleton’s rotation, pitching a no-hit, shut-out first.
Hensley led the offense on the day, going 2-3 for half of Tarleton’s hits. Dishmey and Rainey both contributed the RBI’s for the Texans.
Skye Severns (3-0) picked up the win for St. Mary’s, tossing all seven innings.
Tarleton (14-3) visits Southeastern Oklahoma for an important three-game Lone Star Conference series Friday and Saturday.