ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' baseball team opened its crosstown series with McMurry with a 10-8 win on Friday night at Hunter Field in Abilene.
The Cowboys busted out for six runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 6-1. Dylan Sweeney had an RBI single in the inning, Jacob Rains added a two-run single and Matthew Lillard added a two-run home run. Hunter Garrison had an RBI single in his second at-bat of the inning.
McMurry scored on a Payton Stokes RBI single in the second inning and the game remained 6-2 until the top of the seventh when the War Hawks scored four times. Jordan Speck had an RBI single, Mike Gonzales a sacrifice fly and Blaine McRay added a two-run double.
Taylor McMackin was able to get the Cowboys out of further damage in the inning and the offense responded with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Danny-David Linahan had the big blow a three-run triple in the inning and he later scored on a wild pitch.
McMurry made things interesting scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI double by Gonzales and a Cowboy throwing error. McMurry had the bases loaded, but Hayden Day came on and struck out Marty Carnahan to seal the victory with his first save of the year.
Jaxon Terrell worked into the seventh inning for the Cowboys and he scattered eight hits and allowed four runs (three earned) while striking out four. Justin Adams and Taylor McMackin (2-1) worked out of the bullpen and Day closed it.
J.T. Barnes lasted just an inning and a batter for McMurry allowing six earned runs. Jack Poe was effective in relief allowing just two hits over five and two-third innings. He ended up taking the loss despite not allowing an earned run.
Speck had three hits to lead McMurry and Lillard and Garrison had two hits each for HSU.
The Cowboys are now 9-11 on the year and 5-5 in conference play. McMurry fell to 7-15 overall and 0-7 in ASC play. The two will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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