STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton suffered a doubleheader loss against Cameron Saturday afternoon to drop the first Lone Star Conference series of the season.
Game 1: Cameron 11, Tarleton 4
A six-run fourth inning doomed Tarleton in the third game of the series as the Texans fell 11-4 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at the Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex.
An error in the opening inning allowed Cameron to get on the board first, but Tarleton got it right back when Tyler Parker led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a grounder and scored on a wild pitch.
The Aggies broke the tie with seven unanswered runs over the next two innings to take an 8-1 lead. Tarleton chipped back with one in the fifth on a solo home run from Sam Scarborough. The Texans loaded the bases after Scarborough homered but could push no more across.
Cameron scored its final three runs in the top of the sixth and Tarleton added two more in their half on a two-run single from Colby Seltzer but a scoreless seventh ended the game with Tarleton on the wrong side of the run column.
Seltzer, Scarborough, and Jacob Walker led the way with two hits each while Jake Spence and Tyler Parker had one hit each to round out the offense.
Hunter Thomas took the loss after throwing the first 3.1 innings of work. Connor Flanagan came on in relief and struck out six in 2.1 innings of work. Walker recorded the final four outs of the game and had two strikeouts.
Game 2: Cameron 15, Tarleton 11
Tarleton’s late rally came up just short in the series finale as the Texans fell 15-11 to Cameron Saturday evening.
Cameron put Tarleton behind the eight-ball early with a seven spot in the first and two in the second to take a 9-0 lead, but the Texans started chipping away with two in the second on a two-RBI single from Jacob Walker through the right side to plate Sam Scarborough and Nate Sumner.
After Cameron scored one in the fourth to extend their lead out to 10-2, Tarleton’s Colby Seltzer got the Tarleton rally started with a solo home run in the fifth and then added an RBI single in Tarleton’s next inning to spark the six-run explosion.
Jon Law delivered a two-out single to right to drive in a run and cut the deficit to 10-5. Then Tyler Parker unloaded the bases with a three-run double off the wall in right center and Hunter Thomas drove him home with a double of his own to bring Tarleton within one at 10-9.
After Cameron pulled away with two in the seventh, Hunter Thomas got it back in the eighth with a two-out, two-run double off the left center wall to bring the Texans back within one at 12-11. Thomas tried to tie the game on a two-out hit up the middle by Nate Sumner. The ball was deflected by the pitcher and was booted around by the shortstop, who collected and made the throw home. Thomas appeared to slide in under the tag, but was called out – sending Tarleton into the ninth down 12-11. Cameron added three more to bring the game to its final score.
Seltzer and Sumner led the way with three hits each while Scarborough, Thomas, and Mesa each tallied two hits while Law, Parker and Walker had one each to round out the 15-hit effort for Tarleton. Parker and Thomas each had three RBI while Walker and Seltzer had two RBI.
Chris Reed (4.1), Jon Law (2.0), Zach Svensson (2.0) and Case Rolen (0.2) totaled up the 9.0 innings of work from the pitching staff. Reed struck out five while Law recorded four punch outs.
Tarleton will take next weekend off and return to league play on April 5 at Texas A&M-Kingsville