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Tarleton Sports Information
The Tarleton Texan baseball team had its four-game winning streak come to an end after getting swept in Saturday’s doubleheader with Eastern New Mexico at Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex in Stephenville.
The Texans (10-13-1, 6-9-1 LSC) and Greyhounds (11-11, 7-9 LSC) have now split the series for the third straight season.
The Texans fell early in game one as ENMU put two runs on the scoreboard in the first inning. The Greyhounds then tacked on another four runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead.
The Texans cut into the lead in the fifth inning when Charlie Ulbricht scored on Chad Cloud’s sacrifice fly, but another four-run inning from the Greyhounds in the top of the sixth made it a 10-1 game.
The Texans managed to score five runs over the next two innings to make it a 10-6 game, but it would not be enough. Thomas de Angelis drove in two runs to make it 10-3 on his home run to left field. Then for the second straight day the Texans hit back-to-back home runs when Aaron Dalton followed with a solo-shot to left field as well.
Keith Peacock and Chris Casazza both singled with one out in the seventh inning and later scored on de Angelis’ double to center field. ENMU’s Evan Orsak calmed down enough and didn’t allow another Texan batter to reach base and the Greyhounds came away with the victory.
Danny Morris (3-2) was hit with his second straight loss after giving up seven runs on seven hits in 5.0 full innings of work. Matthew Aragon (1-1) picked up the win for the Greyhounds allowing four runs on eight hits and striking out six in 5.1 innings.
Peacock, de Angelis and Bucky Squyres each had two hits apiece to lead the Texans at the plate in game one. De Angelis finished with four runs batted in on the game.
The Greyhounds again jumped out to the early lead on the strength of back-to-back-to-back home runs. A two-run shot from Freddy Carmona followed by solo shots from Seth Clabaugh and Paden Venderley put ENMU on top 4-0.
The Texans countered in the bottom-half of the first inning when Chad Cloud singled and then came around to score after a pass ball to make it 4-1.
ENMU tacked on two more runs in the top of the fourth inning on Ethan Wagner’s two-run home run to left field to make it a 6-2 game.
Cy Williams singled and then later scored on Dalton’s double to center field in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Texans trailed 6-2.
ENMU got that run back in the top of the fifth inning to make it 7-2 when Clayton Young doubled and then scored on Clagaugh’s sacrifice fly to center field.
The Texans scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull within one run. Andrew Wolfe led off the inning with a single and then after two quick outs Peacock reached base with a walk. Casazza doubled home Wolfe and de Angelis then cleared the bases with a three-run homer to center field to make it 7-6.
In the ENMU sixth, Kevin Thompson singled home a run and Young followed with a two-run single to put the Greyhounds up 10-6.
Tarleton pulled back to within two runs of the Greyhounds in the bottom of the inning. Wolfe singled and scored on Cloud’s double and Cloud crossed home plate following a wild pitch to make it a 10-8 game.
Cloud grounded in a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to bring the Texans within one run and then in the eighth inning, de Angelis hit his third home run of the day – his fourth of the series – to tie the game 10-10.
Tarleton loaded the bases in the top of the ninth inning and Wagner took advantage with a single up the middle that scored two runs to make it a 12-10 game. Jerry Manning then came into pitch for the Greyhounds in the bottom of the inning and despite allowing two runners on, the reliever did not allow a run to score and the Greyhounds swept the doubleheader.
Manning picked up the win for the Greyhounds while Chuck Brown (1-1) took the loss for the Texans.
De Angelis went 4-for-8 on the day with a double and three home runs. He knocked in eight runs while scoring three. For the series, the junior left fielder went 7-for-15 (.467) at the plate with four home runs, 10 RBI and five runs scored.
The Texans will return to the diamond next weekend with another Lone Star Conference series against Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant. Doubleheaders are set for both Friday and Saturday with Friday’s twinbill scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.