ALPINE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' baseball team dropped a pair of games on Saturday in the American Southwest Conference tournament to end the season, falling 15-0 to UT Dallas and 9-8 in 11 innings to LeTourneau.
UT Dallas came out swinging in the first game of the day and rolled to a 15-0 win.
The Comets scored two runs in the first inning, another in the second and seven in the third to bust the game open. They eventually won on the run-rule.
Five different Cowboys had one hit each. Rodney Corbin had four hits and drove in four runs for the Comets. Ruben Renteria went the distance and allowed just five hits and struck out six to improve to 6-3.
LeTourneau scored a run in the second inning on a bases-loaded walk. HSU answered with two runs in the top of the third inning. Hunter Garrison had an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch to give the Cowboys a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth inning, Noah Mahoney had a two-run home run to give LeTourneau a 3-2 lead and the Yellow Jackets made it 4-2 in the fifth inning when they executed a double steal.
HSU came back to take the lead in the sixth inning with four runs. Cody Berryman had an RBI double and Hunter Garrison and Garrett Buckner had RBI fielder's choices and the fourth run scored on an error.
The Cowboys made it 8-4 with a pair of runs in the seventh inning on a two-run double by Tyler Bradshaw. LeTourneau came right back with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game. Carson Dickey had a two-run double and a run scored on a wild pitch and the fourth on a Mahoney sacrifice fly.
Both teams left the bases loaded in the ninth inning and neither team threatened in the 10th inning. In the 11th inning, LeTourneau loaded the bases with one out and then won the game on a walk-off balk by Hayden Day.
Day had wiggled out of a couple of jams and allowed just one run over four innings.
John Tople led the Cowboys with three hits. Dickey had four hits for the Yellow Jackets. Will Bradshaw got the win in relief as he did not allow a hit over the final two and one-third innings.
HSU closes the season with a record 16-27. LeTourneau improved to 23-18 and will play UT Dallas on Sunday for the right to advance. They must win two games.
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