ALPINE, Texas — Hardin-Simmons' baseball team swept a doubleheader against Sul Ross State, winning the first game 9-7 and scoring two runs in the ninth to win the nightcap 7-5, to sweep a three-game American Southwest Conference series at Kokernot Field in Alpine.
In the first game, the Cowboys jumped to a 5-0 lead after two at-bats in the first game. Taylor Berlin set the HSU school record for doubles with his 46th career two-bagger it drove home Jay Hiller. Troy Tarrant followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0. In the second inning Joey Dearing drove home Jon Finney who had doubled to lead off the inning. Berlin added a two-run RBI single.
Sul Ross State added three runs in the second on a two-run single by Spencer Mailman and another run scored on a wild pitch. The Lobos received a sacrifice fly from Brian LaLima to make it 5-4 in the third.
HSU came right back with three more runs in the fourth inning. Tarrant had an RBI single and Weeks and Hiller scored when Taylor Berlin tried to bunt them up but the throw to third was down the left field line.
Sul Ross State again answered. Mailman singled to lead off the inning and HSU went to Tyler Brunnemann. He then allowed four straight hitters to reach including an RBI double by Jared Mosqueda, an RBI single by Brennyn Smith, an RBI single by Brian Mata and a walk. The Lobos added a run on a wild pitch to make it 8-7.
Brunnemann settled down and got the last three hitters of the fourth with runners at second and third with a ground out and two strikeouts. He then worked two more scoreless innings and earned the win in relief. He is now 3-1 on the year. James Simmons worked a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.
Clayton Hiese took the loss. He allowed nine runs on 13 hits in six plus innings.
Hiller had three hits and scored three times and Berlin drove in three runs and had two hits. Smith and Mata each had three hits for Sul Ross State.
The second game started out as a pitcher's duel. Sul Ross State scored on an RBI double by Smith in the first to make it 1-0. It was the only run scored until the fourth when Cameron Sellstrom had an RBI single with two outs.
HSU tied the game with two runs in the sixth inning. Weeks and Berlin had RBI singles. SRSU came back with two runs in the sixth to make it 4-2. Lalima had an RBI double to drive in Bill Tom Milburn in the sixth inning. Mailman then added an RBI single in the inning.
HSU took the lead with three runs in the seventh Andrew Rehling led off with a walk and Jon Finney had a one out walk. Austin Cantwell then had a pinch-hit two run double to make it 4-4. Jay Hiller then grounded a ball to Mosqueda at short and he kicked it to allow Cantwell to score.
SRSU tied the game up in the seventh on a weird play. Smith walked with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. Mata then walked and on ball four HSU catcher Cody Jarboe threw behind Smith at second and Smith broke for third. The throw went into centerfield and Smith scored the tying run.
HSU scored the winning runs in the ninth when Eric Zamora led off with a single. LeJuan Edwards struck out trying to bunt. Jay Hiller then singled down the right field line to move Zamora to third and Weeks followed with an RBI double he was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple.
Simmons worked a perfect ninth to record his sixth save and second of the day. Eric
Freshman Troy Nicholson made his first ASC start, replacing an injured Kyle D'Alessio in the rotation. He worked into the sixth inning allowing four hits and three runs. Jordan Dotson went an inning and one-third out of the bullpen and he allowed just one earned run. Skylar Sillivent came on in the seventh and got out of a jam and worked a scoreless eighth inning.
Trey Polston retired the first 11 Cowboys but HSU eventually got to him. He gave up five runs in seven innings. Jose Gonzales took the loss allowing two runs in the ninth.
HSU is now 25-8 on the year and 12-3 in ASC West action. Sul Ross State fell to 14-16 and 6-9 in league play. The Cowboys will close ASC play with two straight series at home starting with Texas Lutheran next weekend.
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