March 17, 2012

Cowboys Sweep Concordia

AUSTIN, Texas — Hardin-Simmons' baseball team swept a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Tornado Field in Austin in American Southwest Conference action, winning 2-1 and 5-4.

The first game went nine innings (scheduled for seven) thus forcing the third game to a seven-inning game by conference rule.

In the first game neither team had a hit until the fourth inning. Nick Kazole led off with a single and scored a Brent Schaekel RBI single. HSU responded with a run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Jon Finney.

It remained 1-1 until the ninth inning when Troy Tarrant hit a solo home run over the left field wall.

Tyler Brunnemann (2-0) worked two and one-third innings to earn the win in relief of Blake Sieck. Brunnemann allowed just one hit and struck out four. Sieck went six and two-third innings and allowed just six hits and one run, while striking out seven.

Tyler Grygar worked eight and one-third innings for Concordia and struck out eight while scattering eight hits but took the loss to fall to 2-2 on the year.

Bryan Blare had two hits for the Cowboys and seven different Tornados had one hit.

In the second game, Marcus Uechi led off the game with a single and moved to second on a bunt and scored on a Tarrant RBI single. Concordia answered with three runs in the bottom of the first. Andrew Burns had a sacrifice fly and Colton Gommert followed with a two-run single.

HSU tied the game with two runs in the third. Uechi doubled and with one out Hiller and Tarrant drew walks and Bryan Blare followed with a two-run single. HSU took the lead in the fifth with a sacrifice fly by Andrew Rehling, scoring Jay Hiller.

Tarrant added an RBI double in the seventh inning giving the Cowboys an insurance run. Tarrant had three hits for HSU and Uechi had two.

Eric Zamora started for the Cowboys and worked two and a third innings allowing three runs. James Simmons relieved him in the third and worked three and two-third innings of relief. He did not allow a hit until the seventh and allowed one earned run and struck out five to earn the win and to improve to 1-1 on the year.

Brunnemann came on in the seventh and walked the first man he faced and then a bunt attempt was fielded by Chris Matthews and thrown away to allow a run to score and put runners at second and third with no outs. But Brunnemann struck out the No. 3 batter Kyle Rodriguez, got Collin Janssen to pop out and struck out Andrew Burns to end the game. It was his third save of the year.  

Concordia starter Colin Butschek lasted just two innings. Six different relievers worked for Concordia and Sean Thompson took the loss.

HSU is now 9-9 on the year and 3-3 in league play. Concordia fell to 18-6 and to 4-2 in ASC action. HSU plays at Southwestern on Tuesday.

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