Nathan Hickey tossed his second straight shutout in Game 1 and the Texans mashed four home runs in Game 2 to sweep a doubleheader against Adams State to win their fifth and sixth straight games and improve to 8-4 on the season.
"We saw quite a few good things from the kids today," said head coach Bryan Conger. "We had good competitive pitching and strung aggressive quality at-bats together. We continue to improve defensively each time out which will pay dividends as the season goes along."
The Texans will look to sweep the four-game series with Adams State on Monday, Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. at the Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex.
Game 1: Tarleton 4, Adams State 0
Nathan Hickey was in total command on the mound in Sunday'sopener, firing a 92-pitch five-hit shutout while striking out six and only walking one. All five hits were singles and Hickey picked off two runners at first in the game. Hickey only faced three over the minimum to move his record to 2-1 on the season.
The Texan offense was held scoreless with only one hit through three innings. In the top of the fourth of a scoreless game, Adams State had runners at the corners with only one out. After Hickey had already picked off a pair of runners in previous innings, it was his catcher Luis Rivas who had his pitcher's back and picked off the lead runner at third. Hickey followed by striking out the next Grizzlies' batter to keep the game scoreless, and marked the last time he allowed a runner past first base.
In the bottom of the fourth, Stacy Heinatz's one-out RBI double got the Texans on the board first. Jake Shelby followed with a single to put runners at the corners for Francisco Rodriguez, the reigning LSC Hitter of the Week. Rodriguez picked up where he left off last week with a 400-foot 3-run home run to dead center to break the game open with a 4-0 lead. Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with three RBI at the plate to lead the Texan offense.
Game 2: Tarleton 12, Adams State 4
Tarleton wasted no time in the second game to jump on Adams State, as the Texans busted out with eight runs in the first inning on three home runs.
Leading 2-1 in the first with a runner on, Jared McCarver hit a line drive 2-run home run to left field for a 4-1 lead. Jake Hasbrouckmade it back-to-back homers with an opposite field missile over the right center field wall and a 5-1 lead. After two straight walks, Blake Adams came up for the second time in the first inning and launched a 3-run home run to deep left center to put the Texans up 8-1.
After giving up a solo home run in the first, starter Kurt Johnsonsettled in and threw four innings of four-hit ball and only walked one with one strikeout. Johnson forced six fly outs and had five ground outs in the outing to record his first victory of the season.
Meanwhile, the Texans added three more runs in the third inning when Adams went deep for the second time in the game, this time a solo shot to left field. Adams reached base four times, finishing 2-for-3 with three runs, four RBI, a walk and hit by pitch to go with two home runs.
Stacy Heinatz had an RBI single later in the inning that scored McCarver for an 11-1 lead through three innings. The Texans put up their final run in the fourth on Sam Scarborough's RBI single to center to score Francisco Rodriguez.
The Texans only had eight hits to go with their 12 runs, but seven different players recorded hits.
Sid Payan came out of the bullpen and threw two no-hit innings, walking one and striking out three.