Texans ride early offense to series sweep of ACU


STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton jumped all over Abilene Christian in the first two innings to turn a 6-0 lead into a weekend sweep of the rival Wildcats 7-3.

Looking to salvage one victory on the weekend, ACU turned to their ace Sidney Holman-Mansell but the Texans were ready for the challenge. The Texans put up four runs on six hits right off the bat to chase one of the WAC Southwest Division’s top arms after only one inning.

Amanda DeSario kicked things off by working a walk and then five straight singles from Georgia Capell, Brady Rowland, Paige Nunes, Austin Germain and Tristyn Trull plated three runs. Some singles were well-struck line drives and some were well-placed dribblers, including a high chopper down the foul line that ACU fielded in fair territory for the final single of the five straight. Hallie Saintignan added one more RBI single before the inning ended as the Texans batted around and took a 4-0 lead.

ACU turned to the bullpen in the second and the new arm was greeted the same way as the starter – with Texan baserunners.

DeSario led off the inning with a single and then took to third base on a sacrifice bunt from Capell that the third baseman fielded. No one covered third and DeSario took it without a throw. Rowland cashed in with an RBI single.

After Tarleton loaded the bases, Trull plated another on a sacrifice fly for a 6-0 lead after two.

ACU scored one in the third and two in the sixth, but Tarleton added another on an RBI single from Nunes in the fifth to hold onto the finale.

Tristan Bridges started and pitched three innings before giving way to Reagan Chism for the final four innings. The Texan duo combined to allow just four hits on the day.

Nunes led the way offensively with a 3-4 day at the dish with two RBI and a run scored. Capell and Rowland had two hits each while every other Texan starter had one hit.

Tarleton will make its final road trip of the season with a three-game visit to Nacogdoches next weekend to play SFA beginning Friday at 1 p.m. Then Tarleton will make a midweek doubleheader trip to Denton against North Texas before finishing the season with five straight home games.

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