Fast start propels Texans to series-opening win against Falcons

ODESSA – Tarleton put up seven runs in the first five innings – highlighted by three two-run innings – to take the first game of a four-game conference series against UT Permian Basin Saturday afternoon.

“The boys were able to come out and do what we needed to so to secure the win,” said head coach Bryan Conger. “We need to continue to grow and accept challenges. One thing the coaches would like to see is consistent and constant engagement toward the game. When we do that, we’re a good team.”

Blake Adams got the offense rolling by tearing a pitch to start things off. The senior then came around to score on an RBI triple from Elvin Alamo for the first run of the game. Alamo was the second run to come across when Ruben Rodriguez drove him in with an RBI sacrifice fly.

After the Falcons cut into the lead with one in the first and the teams traded a scoreless second, Tarleton put up another two spot in the third inning on an RBI sacrifice fly from Dylan Lemons and an RBI single from Luke Morton to push the Texan lead out to 4-1.

Adams struck again in the fourth with a one-out, solo home run for a 5-1 lead. After the Falcons got that run back in the bottom half of the inning, Tarleton put up two more in the fifth – starting with a leadoff home run from Jared McCarver. Tarleton pushed its seventh run of the game across on a wild pitch with two outs.

UT Permian Basin made things interesting with a three-run eighth inning to cut the Texan lead to 7-5, but McCarver drove in his second RBI of the game in the ninth for an insurance run before Eddie Avila closed it down in the ninth.

Avila worked around a hit and an error to earn his league-leading ninth save of the season with a pair of strikeouts in an inning of relief. Conner Fletcher earned his fifth win of the season with 7.1 innings, over which he allowed five runs on nine hits while striking out six. Connor Flanagan came on to get the final two outs of the eighth while allowing one hit.

Offensively, Alamo had his second career three-hit game of the season while McCarver had two hits for his 12th multi-hit performance of the season. Adams, Francisco Rodriguez, Morton, Tyler Fowler, and Hunter Hudson had one hit each to round out the 10-hit performance.

Tarleton and UT Permian Basin will return to action with a 1 p.m. doubleheader tomorrow in Odessa.

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