ABILENE, Texas - Hardin-Simmons' baseball team split an American Southwest Conference doubleheader with conference leader Concordia, winning 7-4 in the first game and falling 10-7 in the nightcap.
Concordia jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three at-bats. Daniel Williams had an RBI single in the first inning, Clarence Guidry an RBI single in the second inning and Reed Carlton and Michael Evan had RBI singles in the third and Ryan Clouse had an RBI fielder's choice.
HSU cut it to 5-1 in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Cody Berryman. HSU then pulled off a six-run sixth inning to take the win.
Taylor Cooling got his first win of the season in just his second start. He scattered nine singles over six innings and allowed five runs and struck out five. Hayden Day worked a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.
Matthew Williams went five and two-third innings and allowed three runs and Caleb Nicholson allowed four runs to take the loss and fall to 4-1.
Berryman and Taylor Cooling had two hits each for the Cowboys and Berryman and Sweeney drove in three runs each for HSU. Williams and Evan had two hits each for Concordia.
Concordia came out swinging in the first inning with four runs. Carlton had an RBI single, Evan a sacrifice fly and Cole Angelle had a solo home run. Cameron Cox added an RBi single in the second to make it 5-1.
HSU scored its first run on an RBI groundout by Berryman in the first and the Cowboys scored on a wild pitch in the second inning.
Carlton had a two-run single in the fourth to make it 7-2 and HSU added a run in their half of the fourth on a wild pitch. HSU added two more runs in the sixth inning on an RBI triple by Jamie Dominguez and a sacrifice fly by Cade Johnson. Jacob Stegent made it 8-5 with an RBI double in the seventh.
HSU came back with two runs in the seventh inning when Bradshaw had an RBI single and Tyson Mauser had a pinch-hit sacrifice fly. Concordia added two insurance runs in the ninth.
Chandler Carter started for the Cowboys and allowed five runs in an inning and two-thirds. Brady Roper, Hayden Clark, Eric Denby and Hayden Day all worked in relief. Carter took the loss to fall to 2-5 on the year.
Calvin Bush started for the Tornados and went three innings allowing three runs on one hit and seven walks. Trey Toney (2-2) worked two innings in relief for the win. Marcus Thach, Daniel Lewis and Kylen Harrell worked in relief. Harrell worked three scoreless innings and Justin Traxler got the final out for his fifth save.
Casen Novak had four hits to pace the Tornados and Berryman had two hits for the Cowboys.
HSU is now 8-15 on the year and 6-6 in league play. Concordia improved to 16-8 overall and 9-3 in ASC action. HSU will play at Sul Ross State next weekend.