ABILENE, Texas - Hardin-Simmons' baseball team fell 14-9 to Concordia in the first game of its American Southwest Conference series on Friday night at Hunter Field.
The Cowboys took an 8-4 lead in the third inning but couldn't hold onto it. Concordia scored four runs in the first two innings. Caleb Rodriguez, Reed Carlton and Michael Evan all had RBI singles to left in the first inning. Britz had a sacrifice fly in the second.
HSU came back with two runs in the second inning on a Dylan Sweeney two-run double. HSU then put up a six-spot in the third inning. Cody Berryman had a two-run double, Elijah Perez had a three-run home run and Sweeney added a solo home run.
Concordia scored a run in the fourth on a Britz RBI groundout and Jamie Dominguez scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to give HSU a 9-5 lead.
The Tornados took the lead in the sixth inning with seven runs on just four hits. Three HSU pitchers fueled the rally with three walks and two wild pitches. Britz had a two-run double, Rodriguez had a sacrifice fly, Evan a two-run double, and runs scored on a wild pitch and a double steal.
Concordia added two more runs in the seventh and two more in the ninth.
Ty Engelhardt worked five innings and allowed five runs for the Cowboys. Garrett Buckner, Taylor McMackin, Jesse Martin, Hayden Clark, Jordan Young and Andrew Hernandez all worked in relief for the Cowboys. McMackin took the loss to fall to 1-6 on the year.
Cole Angelle started and allowed six runs for Concordia. Peyto Lero and Nick Flores pieced it together to get to relief ace Justin Traxler. He allowed no runs over four innings of work for his fourth save. Flores earned the win.
The Cowboys are now 7-14 overall and 5-5 in ASC play. Concordia improved to 15-7 overall and 8-2 in ASC action. The teams will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.