Texans stumble as leads slip away in Sunday sweep

CANYON – Tarleton couldn’t hold on to leads in either of Sunday’s contests and suffered a sweep at the hands of West Texas A&M at Wilder Park Sunday.

Game 1: West Texas A&M 8, Tarleton 7

Tarleton’s bats broke free with a six-run fourth inning but couldn’t hold on as the Buffs struck for five in the seventh to take the first game of Sunday’s twin bill and the third game of the series by an 8-7 score.

After the Buffs put up one run in each of the first two innings to build a 2-0 lead, Tarleton cut their deficit in half in the third on an RBI double from Colby Seltzer to plate Jacob Walker, who coaxed a one-out walk.

In the next inning, Jake Spence led things off with a walk and the Texans exploded for a six spot – starting with an RBI single from Sam Scarborough. Nate Sumner and Walker followed up with back-to-back RBI doubles for a 4-2 lead. Jon Law added a two-run single and Spence ended what he started with an RBI single into right to complete the six-run inning and give Tarleton a 7-2 edge.

West Texas A&M scored one in the sixth and walked things off with a five spot in the seventh, including the decisive three-run double with two outs.

The offense supplied eight base hits, including two from Walker in the leadoff spot. Seltzer, Law, Spence, Tyler Parker, Scarborough and Sumner had one each. Law’s two RBI were the team lead. Connor Flanagan allowed two runs over the first five innings while Zach Svensson and Jon Law combined for the final 1.2 innings on the mound.

Game 2: West Texas A&M 12, Tarleton 9

In the series finale, Tarleton dropped a 12-9 barnburner against West Texas A&M despite having the lead after each of the first four innings.

Tyler Parker put Tarleton on the board in the opening frame with a two-run double for the Texans first lead of the afternoon. After the Buffs tied things up in the bottom of the first, Colby Seltzer beat out a potential double-play ball to allow the go-ahead run to score.

The Buffs answered with two more in the second to take a 4-3 lead, but Tarleton punched right back with an RBI single from Zach Mesa and a sacrifice fly from Nate Sumner to put the Texans back up 5-4. Following a solo homer for the Buffs in the third that tied things at 5-5 after three, Tarleton took its final lead of the game on a two-run homer from Parker in the top of the fourth for a 7-5 Texan lead.

The Buffs scored two in their half of the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the seventh while Tarleton scored only two more in the sixth on RBI outs from Jordan Parker and Mesa.

Tyler Parker led the way at the dish, going 3-5 with three runs scored and four RBI. Spence, Walker, Mesa and Scarborough each had two hits of their own while Law, Jordan Parker and Sumner had one hit each to round out the offense.

Hunter Thomas, Case Rolen, Jacob Cornell and Michael Pilato combined for the nine innings of mound work. Pilato led the way with three strikeouts in relief.

Tarleton will return home Thursday to begin a four-game series against Angelo State prior to the Easter holiday. There will be Dippin’ Dots and free hot dogs available at Friday’s doubleheader.

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