CLARKSVILLE, Ark. – Hardin-Simmons' baseball team split an American Southwest Conference doubleheader at the University of the Ozarks, winning 6-2 in the first game before dropping a wild 11-8 game in the nightcap.
HSU exploded for four runs in the top of the first inning. Taylor Cooling had a sacrifice fly and Elijah Perez added a three-run home run. Ozarks added a run on a Sam Swartz RBI fielder's choice in the bottom of the first.
Cody Berryman added a solo home run in the sixth inning for HSU and Patrick Mixon answered with a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth. John Tople added an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning.
Cooling (2-3) started for the Cowboys and went five and two-third innings to earn the win. He allowed just two runs on four hits. Cooling gave way to Hayden Day in the bottom of the sixth with the bases loaded and Day got a line out to get out of the jam and worked a scoreless seventh for his sixth save of the year. Eight different Cowboys had one hit each.
Four different Eagles had one hit each. Gyeongju Kim took the loss allowing five runs over six innings to fall to 2-4 on the year.
The Cowboys jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings. Tople had a two-run home run in the first and a two-run single in the third inning.
Ozarks scored three times in the fourth inning. Breydan Varner led off the inning with a solo home run and another run scored on an error and another on an RBI groundout. Tople added an RBI double in the fifth to make it 5-3.
The Eagles took an 8-5 lead with five unearned runs in the sixth inning as the Cowboys had three errors in the inning.
HSU tied the game back up in the seventh inning with an RBI single by Berryman and a two-run double by Perez. Ozarks scored two runs in the seventh on an RBI groundout and another run scored on an error. The Eagles added an insurance run in the eighth.
Tople had three hits and drove in five runs. Justin Crider, Varner, Mixon and Dakota Ebarb had two hits each for Ozarks.
Taylor McMackin took the loss for the Cowboys allowing two runs in one and one-third inning of work. Ty Engelhardt started and allowed just one earned run over five and one-third innings. Hayden Clark and Justin Adams also worked for HSU. Dalton Spurgeon started and allowed six runs for Ozarks. Corey Steward won the game in relief allowing two runs in three innings.
HSU is now 11-21 overall and 8-9 in league play. Ozarks is 14-15 overall and 9-8 in league play. The teams will play a critical series finale at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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