Will Calhoun must have been upset that the opportunity to record a victory on the mound had been stripped away in the sixth inning.
Because in the eighth, Calhoun lined a 2-RBI single to center field to give Abilene Christian (13-8, 6-7) more than enough insurance in an 8-5 defeat of Tarleton State (16-6, 11-5) at Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex Friday.
The three-game Lone Star Conference series continued with a Saturday doubleheader that extended past press time.
After Calhoun worked five innings on the hill, ACU led 5-2.
But he ran into trouble early in the bottom of the sixth, allowing a double and an infield single before an error loaded the bases with no outs.
Tarletonís Chris Casazza doubled to left to begin the frame, then Travis Hayes grounded a single to the left side of the infield. Tim Rainey then reached on an error by ACU 2B Reed Watson to fill the base paths.
Kevin Justice came in for Calhoun and got one easy out before hitting Landon McCall with a pitch that scored Casazza from third. Ethan Stuckly used a sacrifice fly to bring Hayes in for an unearned run before Junnior Dishmey walked to load the bases again.
Justice then hit his second batter of the inning, pegging Mark Jeffery to force Rainey home for a second unearned run to tie the game at 5-5.
Zane Hensley popped out to end the inning, as the Texans left the bases loaded. They stranded 11 runners in the game, while ACU left 10 on.
After getting the final out of the seventh, Tarleton pitcher Ryan Turner had a nightmare in the eighth.
ACU 3B Cameron Watten singled to center to begin the inning and catcher Ian Tomkins followed it up with a double to left, putting two runners in scoring position with no outs.
Turner then got a line out and a strikeout before throwing a wild pitch that brought Watten home for what stood as the game-winning run.
But ACU didnít stop there.
Consecutive walks set the stage for Calhounís 2-RBI single, and the Wildcats were in control.
Tarleton had 12 hits to ACUís 11, and the Wildcats committed the only error of the game.
Stuckley had 2 RBIs for the Texans while Dishmey, Jeffery and McCall added one each. Dishmey (2-3, 2 walks), Casazza (2-5), Hayes (2-3), Rainey (2-4) and McCall(2-3) all had multiple hits. Hays and Rainey scored two runs each.
Calhoun (2-4), Abe Williams (2-4) and Watten (2-4) had multiple hits for ACU. Bankston was 1-4 but had 4 RBI on a grand slam. Watten and Tomkins each scored twice.
All but two Wildcats and all but three Texans who had at bats recorded at least one hit.
Both starters went five innings and neither earned a decision. Tarletonís Ryan Salt gave up five runs on five hits while striking out six and walking four. ACUís Calhoun surrendered five runs - three earned - on five hits with two strikeouts and a pair of walks.
Zach Sneed (3-1) got the win for the Wildcats after replacing for Justice and allowing no runs on two hits and a walk the final three innings.
Ryan Turner (3-2) was tagged with the loss for Tarleton due to the big ACU eighth. He gave up three runs on three hits and two walks while also striking out two in 1.1 innings.
ACU led 1-0 in the first on an Abe Williams RBI single. Tarleton jumped on top 2-1 in its half of the second on a fielderís choice RBI off the bat of Stuckley and a run-scoring single by Dishmey.
Bankstonís grand slam in the fourth put the Wildcats on top 5-2. The ACU leadoff hitter sent one over the left-field fence to provide four runs on just two hits in the frame.
Salt had surrendered a double and a single and had hit a batter with a pitch to load the bases.
Coverage of Saturday eveningís doubleheader will be in the Tuesday edition of the Empire-Tribune.