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The Tarleton Texans called upon their bats to take two games from East Central on Saturday, as head coach Bryan Conger's team recorded the first conference sweep of his tenure and the first for Tarleton since the Texans took all four games from West Texas A&M last season. It was Tarleton's fourth conference sweep over the last four seasons.
The Texans climbed back above the .500 mark on the season, improving their record to 17-15-1 on the year, with a 13-10-1 record in Lone Star Conference play. East Central fell to 11-21 on the season and 10-14 in conference play.
Tarleton 12, East Central 8
The Texans got out to an early lead in the first inning when Keith Peacock tripled down the right field line, scoring Chad Cloud, who had reached earlier on a single through the left side. Peacock scored on a Chris Casazza single through the middle. The Texans ended their half of the first scoring two runs on three hits and zero errors.
In the bottom of the second inning Tarleton stretched their lead when freshman Andrew Wolfe homered. After John Ropple singled to center field, Cloud doubled down the right field line, scoring Ropple. In the bottom of the second, Tarleton scored two runs on four hits and no errors.
East Central got on the board in the top of the third inning when catcher Josh Nine hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Ryan Estes, who had reached earlier after singling to left center. Center fielder Dusty Rowland then grounded out to second base, scoring Tyler Pybas.
Tarleton was able to add to their lead in the bottom half of the third after Casazza homered to left field.
In the bottom of the fourth, Tarleton got another home run from catcher Bucky Squyres. Cloud, who had reached earlier on a double down the left field line, scored on a Peacock single to center field. The Texans scored two runs on three hits and zero errors in the inning.
East Central got a big inning in the top of the fifth to tighten the score. Pybas reached on a walk and then scored when Rowland doubled to left field. Rowland then scored after Clint Bowker singled to left field. Jared Owen then singled up the middle, but but advanced to second on an error by the center fielder, which also advanced Bowker to third. Tyler Gillum, who had reached on a walk, scored on the play.
Tarleton wasted little time in the bottom of the fifth as Casazza and Austin Evans hit back to back homers for the Texans. East Central then brought in freshman pitcher Justin Watley to relieve Trey Roberson. Tarleton scored two runs on three hits and zero errors in the inning.
East Central added two more runs to the scoreboard in the top of the sixth when Estes homered. Tyler Pybas then doubled down the right field line. After Rowland singled through the left side, Pybas came home and scored. A Bowker single up the middle scored Rowland.
Tarleton was able to pull away for good in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs to increase the lead to 12-8. Cloud was hit by a pitch to open the inning, advancing to first. After Cloud stole second, Casazza was intentionally walked by the Tigers. An Evans single to first base advanced both runners. Charlie Ulbricht was able to connect and tripled to left center, scoring Cloud, Casazza, and Evans.
The Tigers were unable to get anything going in the top of the seventh and the Texans picked up the victory.
Danny Morris picked up the win for the Texans, improving his record to 4-3 on the year. Ryan Shrouder of ECU was saddled with the loss.
Both Cloud and Casazza were 3-3 in the game, scoring three runs each.
Tarleton 9, East Central 8
East Central was the first to get on the board during the second game on Saturday when Gillum scored from second on a Zach Hammons single to right field after having reached on a double to center field.
Tarleton got a big inning from their bats in the bottom of the second when Cy Williams hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Casazza, who had tripled to right center earlier. After Evans was hit by a pitch, he was advanced to second on a balk. An Aaron Dalton ground out to the short stop advanced Evans to third. Ulbricht then tripled to right center, scoring Evans. Ulbricht then scored on a single by Wolfe. In the bottom of the second, the Texans scored three runs on three hits and zero errors.
The Tigers scored one run in the top of the third when Rowland scored on a Hammons singled up the middle. Rowland had reached base on a double to right field.
Tarleton picked up two more runs in the bottom of the third when Peacock tripled down the right field line, scoring both himself and Cloud on a throwing error by the second basemen. The Texans scored two runs on two hits and one error.
East Central was able to keep itself in the game with a huge six-run inning in the top of the fourth. Estes was hit by a pitch to start things off. Pybas then doubled to left center, advancing Estes to third. Andrew Minnich was then walked. Rowland then doubled to left center, scoring Estes, Pybas and Minnich. Austin Neal was then brought in to relieve Texan starter P.J. Burns. After Gillum was walked, Bowker singled to right field, advancing Gillum to second with Rowland on third. Neal then walked in a run, advancing all runners by walking Hammons. An Owen single up the middle scored both Bowker and Gillum. The Tigers scored six runs of four hits and zero errors in the top of the fourth.
Tarleton was able to get another run on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Williams scored after reaching on a passed ball. In the fifth, the Texans scored one run on one hit and zero errors.
The Texans increased their lead by one in the bottom of the sixth when Wolfe was knocked home on a Cloud ground out to shortstop. Wolfe reached base after doubling down the left field line. In the bottom of the sixth the Texans scored one run on two hits and no errors.
The final two runs for the Texans came in the bottom of the seventh. Williams led off the inning with a home run. Evans reached on a triple to center field and was scored on an Ulbricht single up the middle. In the bottom of the seventh, Tarleton would score two runs on three hits and zero errors.
Brent Lewis picked up the win for the Texans, improving his record to 4-0 on the season. Wesley Hagar was saddled with the loss for the Tigers.
The Texans will return to the diamond next weekend for another LSC series, this time on the road against West Texas A&M. Doubleheaders are set for Friday and Saturday in Canyon.