ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' baseball team split an American Southwest Conference doubleheader with a 7-2 loss and a walk-off 7-6 win against UT Dallas on Saturday at Hunter Field.
The two teams were scoreless through three innings before UTD took a 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Peyton Becker and Connor Scruggs in the fourth and fifth innings.
UTD opened the game up in the sixth inning with RBI singles by Matt Mikusek, Ryan Buciaga and a two-run single by Connor Scruggs. Peyton Becker added an insurance run in the seventh inning on a Cowboy error.
Jamie Andriot went the distance to improve to 8-2. He allowed six hits and two runs and struck out eight. Taylor Cooling took the loss allowing two earned runs over five and one-third innings. Eric Denby, Justin Adams and Channing Hickman all worked in relief.
Dominguez had two of the six Cowboy hits. Josh Covey, Burciaga and Scruggs had two hits each for UTD.
Senior Cody Berryman had a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Cowboys the much-needed win.
HSU led 3-0 in the third inning as Berryman had an RBI single and Tyler Bradshaw had a two-run double.
UTD answered with four runs in the fifth inning. Burciaga had a sacrifice fly, Scruggs and Luke Richter had RBI singles and another run scored on an error.
The Cowboys retook the lead at 5-4 in the eighth inning on a two-run home run by Garrett Buckner. UTD answered with a Barry Casey RBI single and a Scruggs RBI double in the top of the ninth.
Cade Johnson started the ninth-inning rally with a single to center and Taylor Cooling singled to left. Danny-David Linahan had a walk to load the bases and Berryman delivered a single to left the scored Cooling and Jacob Rains, who had pinch ran for Johnson.
Ruben Renteria went seven innings for UTD and Logan McPherson worked the eighth and closer Garrett Hale took the loss allowing the two runs in the ninth. Scruggs led the Comets with three hits.
Bradshaw led the Cowboys with three hits and Berryman and Johnson had two each.
Ty Engelhardt got the start and did not allow an earned run. Taylor McMackin worked three and one-third scoreless innings of relief. Hayden Day allowed two runs in the ninth, but earned the win with the Cowboy rally to improve to 2-1.
HSU is 12-24 overall and 9-11 in league play. The Cowboys are currently in the final playoff spot with four games remaining. UTD is 22-14 on the year and 14-6 in ASC play. The teams will play for the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. as the Cowboys host senior day.
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