Special to The Flash Today
STEPHENVILLE (February 26, 2018) – Led by 16 hits from the offense and a combined effort from five pitchers, Tarleton made quick work of Adams State, winning 14-1 to complete the four-game sweep and extend its winning streak to seven games.
“It was good to see the boys come out in a professional manner and handle their business,” said head coach Bryan Conger. “We are really proud of their effort and energy this weekend. We need to get ourselves ready for the upcoming weekend by making sure we have good practices the next couple of days.”
Tarleton (9-4) wasted no time jumping ahead of Adams State on Monday, scoring six runs on seven hits in the first inning. Blake Adams led off with a single, followed by Francisco Rodriguez‘s double. The two would later score on Ruben Rodriguez‘s sacrifice fly and Jared McCarver‘s RBI single.
Jake Hasbrouck provided an RBI double off the right center field wall, and Stacy Heinatz added an RBI single to score Hasbrouck. Francisco Rodriguez produced his second hit of the inning, an RBI single that made it 6-0.
The Texans added four runs in the third to take a commanding 10-0 lead. Francisco Rodriguez doubled to bring home a run, as well as an RBI single from Ruben Rodriguez and McCarver ripped a two-run single to right.
The Texan 1-2-3-4 hitters went a combined 11-for-16 with nine runs and eight RBI. Francisco Rodriguez went 4-for-5 with three runs, two RBI; Blake Adams finished 3-for-4, two runs, RBI; Ruben Rodriguez 2-for-3, two runs, two RBI; and Jared McCarver 2-for-4, two runs, three RBI.
With a 10-0 lead through three, the pitching staff attacked the Adams State hitters early and often. Alex DeBell started the game but no pitcher went more than two innings. DeBell threw the first inning and struck out two, allowed no hits, but walked three.
Colby Fowler threw a scoreless second inning with one hit and two strikeouts. Trent Stafford recorded the win (2-0), with two scoreless innings, two hits and three strikeouts. Connor Flannagan threw the fifth and sixth innings, giving up one run on a solo homer and struck out two. Conner Fletcher pitched a scoreless seventh with two K’s.
In total, the Texan pitchers allowed just five hits and struck out 11 on the afternoon.
The Texans will travel to Canyon to take on West Texas A&M for a four-game series from March 2-4.