|Zack de Luna is the second player to hit for the cycle in the 2017 D-III baseball season.
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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Senior All-American Zack de Luna started his senior season with a bang as he hit for the cycle including a walkoff triple as the Hardin-Simmons baseball team beat Texas Lutheran 12-11 in the first game of the Rusty Greer/Jackie Moore Classic at Air Hog Stadium in Grand Prairie.
HSU took the lead in the third inning when Taylor Cooling reached on a two out throwing error and de Luna and Anthony Beasley each walked. Colton Parker then hammered a three-run triple to right center. Keaton Boyson made it 3-1 with an RBI double for TLU in the fourth.
TLU scored five unearned runs in the fifth when the Cowboys committed back-to-back errors that allowed two runs to score and Colby Schrade hit a three-run home run.
HSU responded in the bottom of the fifth with three runs to tie the game at six. De Luna led off with a home run and Dylan Sweeney added a two-run double. HSU retook the lead with a five-run sixth. De Luna had a single and Parker drove him in with a triple to center. Kyle Johnson drove him home with a single and Sweeney followed with a two-run opposite field home run.
TLU scored three times in the seventh on three hits and tied the game in the eight with two runs on an RBI double by Rayce Gatlin and a Schade RBI single to right.
In the bottom of the ninth with two outs Taylor Cooling singles and he came around to score on a walkoff triple by de Luna. The Bulldogs threw to third and de Luna dove in safely just as Cooling scored.
The Cowboys pounded out 16 hits in the game, led by four from de Luna and three from Colton Parker. Parker and Sweeney had four RBIs each for HSU. Colby Schrade had three hits and drove in five for TLU.
Jeremy Hallmark got the start for the Cowboys and went four and two-thirds. He allowed just five hits and one earned run but two errors in the fifth led to five unearned runs. Chandler Carter relieved him and went two innings and Blake Northrop came on and worked the final two and one-third innings to secure the win.
Nathan Malinovsky, a preseason first-team All-American, allowed six runs (three earned) in four and one-third innings for the Bulldogs. Drew Waller took the loss allowing two earned runs in three innings.
HSU is 1-0 and the nationally-ranked Bulldogs fell to 2-2 on the season. HSU will play UT Dallas at 11 a.m. on Saturday.