STEPHENVILLE, Texas – Tarleton reversed their trend of slow starts this season as they put up eight runs in the first inning to springboard themselves to a 12-1 seven inning run rule victory over UTSA at the Tarleton Baseball Complex.
Tarleton and UTSA agreed before the game to a 10-run mercy rule after seven innings of play. The win helped the Texans avoid a sweep.
The scoring got started early, with Tarleton (1-2) making it all the way through their lineup in the first inning. Alec Williams scored on a throwing error from UTSA (2-1), London Green and Carter Dobrinski doubled in back-to-back at bats to drive in two and one runs respectively, Colby Seltzer singled to left field to score Dobrinski and Mason Crews hit a rocket over the left field fence for a no doubt two-run home run.
The Texans exited the inning with eight runs on six hits and benefitted from two UTSA errors. They knocked Roadrunner starting pitcher Braylon Owens out of the game after he gave up seven runs, five earned, on five hits.
Williams, Dobrinski and Seltzer finished the day with multi-hit games to lead the way offensively. Bryan Aguilar got involved in the top of the fifth when he led off with a solo home run that hit off the left field foul pole. Williams also finished with three walks.
Freshman Aiden Adams made the first start of his career and earned the win, pitching 4.0 innings of two hit baseball allowing no runs. The combination of Zane Badmaev and Matthew Hickey picked up right where Adams left off, with Badmaev going 2.0 innings allowing only three hits and one run. Hickey came in to pitch the top of the seventh and forced a groundout and struck out two Roadrunners to close the game out.
Up next the Texans host the UIW Cardinals at the Tarleton Baseball Complex on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.