ABILENE, Texas — Early returns on the 2011 Hardin-Simmons baseball team have shown two characteristics of a good team as they have pitched well and had timely hits as the Cowboys moved to 3-0 with an 11-5 win over crosstown rival McMurry Tuesday afternoon at Hunter Field.
The Cowboys jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed in the game. In the first, LeJuan Edwards led off the game with a single and moved to third on a Jay Hiller double. Brian Weeks and Taylor Berlin each followed with sacrifice flies. Then with two outs Troy Tarrant singled to left, moved to second when Andrew Rehling was hit by a pitch and scored on a Cody Jarboe single.
McMurry scored a single run in the second when Andrew Bell had a leadoff single and stole second. He scored when Clay Schubert had an infield single that starter Kyle D'Alessio threw down the first base line allowing Bell to score.
It was the only run D'Alessio allowed in the game. He worked four and one-third innings allowing five hits, three walks, one unearned run and he struck out three.
HSU added to the lead in the second on an RBI single by Hiller and in the third inning added two more runs. Jarboe, a freshman catcher, had a sacrifice fly to score Berlin and Austin Cantwell had a two-out RBI single.
HSU scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Tarrant had a one-out triple and scored on a wild pitch. In the sixth, Andrew Rehling had a two-out RBI single.
The Cowboys made it 11-1 in the seventh inning as Weeks had an RBI fielder's choice, Berlin had an RBI single and the Cowboys scored another run on a throwing error.
James Simmons came in and was dominant in his Cowboy debut. He relieved D'Alessio in the fifth inning and worked three and two-third innings of one-hit, scoreless baseball while striking out three.
McMurry scored the four runs in the ninth on a two-run double by Schubert, a sacrifice fly by Bell and scored another run on a wild pitch.
Kory Moench received the start for McMurry and he allowed seven runs on nine hits in four and one-third innings. Jordan Brown, Eric Cantrell and Chris Maldonao all had solid efforts out of the bullpen for McMurry.
Every Cowboy starter had at least one hit as HSU pounded out 13 hits. Tarrant, Berlin and Jarboe each had two hits and Weeks, Berlin and Jarboe drove in two runs each. Schubert had two of McMurry's nine hits and drove in three runs.
HSU will host East Texas Baptist at 7 p.m. Friday in its next action. HSU is 3-0 for the first time since the 2000 season.
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