ABILENE, Texas – Competing in two tight games out west in Abilene, the East Texas Baptist University baseball team came away with a split in their American Southwest Conference series against McMurry University winning game one, 6-5, but dropping game two, 11-10. ETBU is now 18-15 overall and 9-9 in the ASC.
Game one would see ETBU bounce back from a late McM rally to win 6-5. Zach Gartner was ETBU's top hitter with three hits and two RBI including the game-winning home run in the ninth inning. Derrick Findley was only able to go 6.1 innings allow three runs on five hits while striking out four batters. Jordan O'Bannon would end up getting the win with 2.2 innings of relief allowing two runs on one hit. Matthew Chalk led McM with two hits and a grand slam to tie the game in the ninth. Tyler Jenkins took the loss with two innings of relief allowing a run on two hits.
Game two saw McM rally from three runs down to win the game 11-10 in seven innings. Mason Aldredge was ETBU's top hitter with three hits and an RBI while Gartner added two hits and two RBI. Landen Barns would also have two RBI in the game. John Marrs started the game for ETBU lasting only 4.2 innings allowing six runs on five hits. But Chandler Muckleroy took the loss as he went .2 innings allowing four runs on three hits. For McM, Chris Baker had three hits and five RBI while Chalk contributed two hits and three RBI. Jack Poe got the win in relief with 5.2 innings allowing two runs on four hits and two strikeouts.
Game 1: ETBU 6, McM 5
Two scoreless innings went by before ETBU struck first on RBI singles by Dylan Singletary and Gartner for a 2-0 lead. Jeremy Bateman then doubled to right center in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead as Barns came into score. Then it was Casey Combs who scored the next two runs on a solo homer in the fifth inning and a wild pitch in the seventh inning for a 5-0 lead. Meanwhile, Findley was in control from the mound as he pitched six shutout innings allowing three hits.
That was until the bottom of the seventh when the War Hawks put runners on base. After an RBI double to cut the lead to one, McM tied the game with a two-out grand slam to tie the score at five. The game went into extra innings as neither side scored in the eighth inning. But Gartner broke the tie in the ninth inning with his homer and ETBU was able to hang on for the 6-5 win.
Game 2: McM 11, ETBU 10
The first inning saw both teams combine to score nine runs with ETBU scoring six of them. RBI singles by Gartner and Bateman were complimented with bases loaded walks to Jonathon Sylvester and Zachary McAdams while Barns was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. ETBU led 6-0 after the top of the first before surrendering a three-run homer in the bottom of the first. Gartner then drilled his second homer of the doubleheader in the top of the second inning while Barns reached on a fielder's choice as ETBU led 8-3 after two innings.
The score stayed the same until McM hit another three-run homer to cut the lead to 8-6 through five. The lead then shrank to one on a single as the War Hawks cut the lead to 8-7. ETBU would then push across two runs in the top of the seventh as McAdams reached on an error while Aldredge would hit a sacrifice fly to lead 10-7. But the Tigers were unable to hang on for the win as the War Hawks rallied for four runs to complete the comeback.
ETBU will head out to Shreveport, La., this Tuesday night at 6:00 PM when they face Centenary.