STEPHENVILLE - Trevor Renfro fired a complete-game shutout in the opening game of Saturday's rain-delayed doubleheader against No. 21 West Texas A&M to give the Texans a split of the twin bill at the Cecil Ballow Complex.
Game 1: Tarleton 2, No. 21 West Texas A&M 0
The fans who weathered the storm in Stephenville Saturday morning were rewarded with a pitching duel at its finest as Trevor Renfro bested the Lone Star Conference ERA leader and led the Texans to a 2-0 win over No. 21 West Texas A&M.
Renfro, who is coming off a nine-inning outing last weekend against Angelo State, hurled his second consecutive complete game and his fourth of the season with seven innings of three-hit baseball. The right-hander from Richardson struck out 10 batters for his third 10-K game of the season.
He had to dance around some danger in the second when he loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, a single, and a walk with one out, but Renfro stepped up a big way with a strike out and a fly ball to Peter McMahon in right field to keep things knotted at 0-0.
The Tarleton offense came to life with two outs in the ensuing half inning, starting with a double to the left-center gap from Zach Fleet. The junior catcher came around to score on an RBI single into left field from Dylan Kuhn. Outside of those two hits, only a leadoff single in the sixth from Landon Thompson would round out the Tarleton hit effort.
Meanwhile, Renfro was locked in and dealing.
He allowed just one walk and one single while striking out four over the next three innings as he maintained the lead over the Buffs' batters and his counterpart, Austin Moore.
The Texan offense tacked on one more in the fifth when Kuhn led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Forrest Perron dropped down a bunt that moved Kuhn to third, but an errant throw allowed Perron to reach and Kuhn to cross home plate for an insurance run at 2-0.
Renfro struck out the first two batters of the sixth before WT got their final hit of the afternoon - a two-out double to left center. Tarleton's ace answered that base hit with four straight outs on a pop-up, a strikeout, another pop-up, and a game-ending ground ball to Humphreys at short.
With the win, Renfro moved to 5-3 on the season and lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.57 on the year.
Game 2: No. 21 West Texas A&M 6, Tarleton 4
Defensive miscues leading to West Texas A&M runs spoiled a superb starting performance by Blain Bagley and cost the Texans in the end as Tarleton fell to No. 21 West Texas A&M 6-4 in Saturday's nightcap.
Bagley, who entered the game as the team's top ERA pitcher since Lone Star Conference play began, delivered another strong outing as the senior lefty tossed seven innings, allowing four runs - two earned - on six hits while striking out nine.
Tarleton's got the scoring started in the first inning when Landon Merka coaxed a bases-loaded walk and the Texans tacked on another in the second when Alec Humphreys drove in Dylan Kuhnwith an RBI triple into the right field corner.
Meanwhile, West Texas A&M scored one in the fourth while Tarleton added one more in the seventh on a Landon ThompsonRBI single to left field to give the Texans a 3-1 after seven innings of work.
In the eighth inning, however, Tarleton had two errors which ultimately aided in three West Texas A&M runs, giving the Buffs a 4-3 lead. The Buffs tacked on two more in the ninth to extend the lead to 6-3.
Tarleton tacked on one more in the ninth when Garret Kizer, who led off the inning with a pinch-hit single, came around to score on an error by the WT shortstop.
The Texan offense had 10 hits in the game, led by a 2-for-4 performance from Thompson. Forrest Perron, Humphreys, Jake Hasbrouck, Hunter Seales, Peter McMahon, Zach Fleet, Dylan Kuhn, and Kizer each had one hit to round out the offensive force for the Purple and White.
Tarleton will be on the road next weekend for a trip to Portales, New Mexico for a three-game series with Eastern New Mexico.