ABILENE, Texas -- Hardin-Simmons' baseball team rallied for a pair of victories over crosstown rival McMurry, winning 4-3 and 5-3 on Saturday at Driggers Field.
The Cowboys finished the regular season with a record of 15-25 overall and 12-12 in conference play. HSU won the series against three of the other seven other teams in the conference tournament and have at least one win against all of the other seven teams.
HSU will play Sul Ross State in Alpine on Friday at 7 p.m. and UT-Dallas and LeTourneau are the other two teams in the four-team red bracket of the ASC Tournament. It is a double-elimination tournament and the winner will take on the winner of the blue bracket in a two-of-three championship series the next week.
The Cowboys rallied for the 4-3 with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
McMurry took a 3-2 lead when Chris Baker hit a three-run home run just inside the fair pole down the right-field line.
HSU tied the game in the sixth inning on an RBI groundout by John Tople and Buckner gave the Cowboys the lead in the seventh inning with an RBI single.
Taylor Cooling started and went four and two-third innings before Taylor McMackin came in and worked two scoreless innings to earn the win in relief. Hayden Day recorded a strikeout in the bottom of the seventh for his seventh save of the season.
Tyler Pippin had a pair of hits for the Cowboys and Jordan Speck had three hits for the War Hawks.
Elijah Perez gave the Cowboys a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the second inning. McMurry scored three times in the second inning to take a 3-1 lead as Baker hit his second home run of the game.
The game stayed 3-1 until the eighth inning. Buckner scored on a passed ball, Perez had an RBI single, Cade Johnson had an RBI pinch-hit single and Pippin added a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to take the 5-3 lead.
Chandler Carter started for the Cowboys and last an inning and one-third and Justin Adams worked two-thirds of an inning. John Clift worked two scoreless inning and Brady Roper worked five scoreless innings out of the bullpen with five strikeouts and allowed just two hits to earn the win.
Blaine McRay had two hits for the War Hawks. Ben Russell worked seven strong innings allowing just one run. Chris Lewis, Juan Valdez and Tyler Jenkins worked out of the bullpen.