No. 18 Tarleton State took two of three in a series against Arlington Baptist College at Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex over the weekend, winning a single game Friday and splitting a Saturday doubleheader.
The Texans (9-3) open defense of their 2013 Lone Star Conference regular season championship next weekend with a four-game home set against Eastern New Mexico. The series begins at 3 p.m. Friday.
The Texans won its ninth-straight home game with a 5-4 victory over Arlington Baptist Friday evening.
The Texans managed to overcome an early 2-0 deficit to the Patriots (3-7) with a pair of home runs, one from Jonathan Schmitz in the second inning and another from Alvaro Moreno in the third inning.
Schmitz' blast tied the game 2-2, while Moreno's shot notched the game back up at 3-3.
Luke Slentz tripled to center field in the bottom of the fourth inning and later came around to score on a double from Evan Robinson. Robinson would then later score on a sacrifice fly from Kevin Meredith to put the Texans on top 5-3.
The Patriots managed to bring a run home in the top of the fifth inning, but starting pitcher Jacob French (W, settled down and did not allow another run over the next three innings before giving way to Ethan Lenz (S, 3). Lenz struck out two the three batters he faced on the way to earning his third save of the season.
French gave up seven hits to the Patriots, struck out five and walked just one in his 8.0 full innings of work.
Moreno finished the game going 3-for-4 at the plate with a run-batted-in and one run scored. Schmitz had two hits on the evening and two RBI came on his first dinger of the season.
Tarleton split its series-ending doubleheader with Arlington Baptist on Saturday, downing the Patirots 7-5 in game one before falling 10-7 in the nightcap.
The Texans moved to 9-3 overall with the split, while the Patriots move to 4-8 on the year.
Tarleton fell behind 2-0 in game one, but used a five-run second inning to take the lead and the Texans never looked back.
Kevin Meredith, Jake Klauck, Rustin Thomas, Alvaro Moreno and Noel Nevarez all drove in runs in the fifth inning, and starting pitcher Robert Baker (W, 3-1) shook off the two-run first inning to lead the Texans to victory.
The Texans added a home run from Nevarez in the fifth inning and Thomas doubled home a run in the sixth inning to give the Texans a 7-2 lead before the Patriots managed to tack on a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Ethan Lenz (S, 4) came in to shut down the one batter he faced in the bottom of the seventh to earn his fourth save of the season and secure the victory.
The Texans snapped a nine-game winning streak at home with the loss in game two, but despite the loss, Tarleton managed to shake a seven-run deficit and rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning before recording the final out of the contest.
Down 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Garrett Kilgore and Nevarez led off the frame with back-to-back home runs to pull the Texans within a run, but a six-run seventh inning pushed Arlington Baptist's lead to 10-7.
With two outs and a runner onin the bottom of the ninth inning, Kilgore and Nevarez drove in back-to-back runs to make it a 10-6 game and then after reaching third base, Nevarez scored on a wild pitch.
The rally came to an end though and Tarleton dropped its first home contest since falling 7-2 to Abilene Christian back on Apr. 21, last season.
Colten Burleson was saddled with the loss in game two, falling to 1-2 on the year. The Patriots' Caleb Sims picked up the win, allowing all seven runs on 12 hits in his 8.2 innings of work.