After suffering a 13-0 loss to Southwestern on Friday, the ETBU baseball team turned it around and won two straight games against the Pirates with a 6-3 victory in Friday’s second game, and a 12-1 win Saturday to claim the series victory.
The Tigers are now 19-9 overall and 8-4 in American Southwest Conference play.
“I think after this series, it’s just the ability to bounce back after taking a licking,” ETBU head baseball coach Jared Hood said. “The first game, they came out and put it on us pretty good. We weren’t ready to play and that brought us down to earth a little bit. We’ve been playing pretty good baseball as of late but other than that, the young guys are able to step up, especially on the pitching staff. We had two freshmen come out and throw absolute gems back-to-back days. So it’s been good.”
The Tigers outhit the Pirates in Saturday’s game 9-2. Landen Barnes went 2-for-4 with a home run, a single, and three RBI. Casey Combs homered, reached on an error and scored two runs on the day. Zach Gartner went 2-for-3, reached on a single, a double, a walk and an error and scored two runs. Seth Mikeska reached on a single and scored one run. Dylan Sumpter reached on two walks, had one RBI and scored one run. Brady Faulkner finished 2-for-4 with a single a double, one run and one RBI. Drew Large was walked twice, singled, and scored one run. Zachary McAdams scored after being walked and Ford Spigener reached on a walk, had one RBI and scored one run. Adrian Stover earned the win from the mound, allowing one run on two hits, hitting one batter, walking none and striking out one.
Daniel Montgomery finished 1-for-3 for the Pirates. The team’s other hit and only run came on a solo homer from Cole Kelly.
Montgomery singled into the outfield for the first hit of the game. One out was already on the board and the next two batters flew out, keeping the Pirates scoreless heading into the bottom of the first inning where the Tigers saw two batters reach on a walk but they were unable to advance past first base heading to the second inning.
Southwestern had a runner reach on a hit-by-pitch but was thrown out at second for out No. 2 of the inning. That was followed by a grounder to third for out No. 3 to bring it to the bottom half of the inning.
It was a big inning for the Tigers who batted around and score eight runs on three hits. Barnes led off with a single. He made his way to second on a sacrifice grounder from Faulkner. Large reached on a walk, putting two men on for the Tigers. McAdams was walked and that loaded the bases with one out. Spigener was credited for an RBI when he was walked, scoring Barnes for the first run of the game. Another walk put Sumpter on base and credited him with an RBI that scored Large, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Combs reached on an error and McAdams ran home to score, leaving the bases loaded as the Tigers led 3-0 with one out. The Pirates then committed two errors that allowed Combs to reach and scored Spigener and Sumpter.
Mikeska’s RBI single scored Combs. Barnes sacrifice fly scored Gartner to make it 7-0. Faulkner’s RBI double scored Mikeska to bring the game to an 8-0 score.
The Tigers went three up, three down in the bottom of the third. Kelly homered over the right field wall to give his team its first run of the game, making the score 8-1 to go to the bottom of the fourth where Gartner reached on a single and Mikeska was hit by a pitch to put two runners but a double play ended the inning to bring it to the top of the fifth.
Faulkner led off the bottom of the fifth with a single and advanced to third on a base hit from 00who stole second, leaving two runners in scoring position. An RBI 6-3 grounder from Spigener scored Faulkner to give ETBU a 9-1 lead heading to the sixth inning.
Combs led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a home run over the right field wall to make it a 10-1 lead. Gartner reached on a double before reaching third on a sacrifice grounder from Mikeska. He was brought home on a two-run homer from Barnes. That turned out to be the final run of the game to seal up the Tigers’ 12-1 win.
ETBU is slated to return to action Friday and Saturday when it plays host to LeTourneau.