STEPHENVILLE – The Tarleton offense was playing no games on Sunday afternoon as they unloaded on Stephen F. Austin to earn the series sweep in dominating fashion, winning 17-6 in a seven-inning mercy rule at the Tarleton Baseball Complex.
The Texans (17-33, 10-17 WAC) exploded with seven runs in two different innings to pull away from the Lumberjacks (14-34, 7-19 WAC) twice.
After the Lumberjacks brought a run home in the first on an RBI double, Tarleton responded swiftly.
The Texans plated seven runs on five hits in the bottom of the first, taking the 7-1 lead and announcing their presence in the game.
Dylan Kurahashi-Choy Foo hit an RBI triple for the first run, and it was on from there. Taylor Daniell proceeded to hit a two-run home run to left field, Mason Crews walked a run in and London Green hit a two run single through the right side of the defense.
Green led the Texans offensively again as he had two hits, three runs scored, four RBI and a walk. It was his 14th multi-RBI game of the season. Corey Young and Choy Foo also contributed three hits, with Choy Foo having three RBI. Daniell had four RBI.
The Texans were held scoreless the next three innings, while SFA scored three in the third and one in the fourth to trim the deficit to 7-5.
They were led at the plate by Peyton Parker who had three hits, three runs scored and a walk. He also pitched 0.1 innings for SFA in the seventh after playing third base for most of the game.
Jon Cordaway started his second game of the season for the Texans and tossed 2.2 innings allowing four runs on six hits, striking out three and walking two. He made quick work in the second inning, striking out the first two batters he saw with Crews catching a Lumberjack stealing after he was plunked for the third out.
The third inning was tough as Cordaway allowed three hits and two walks before making way for freshman Jake Burcham (W, 1-4) who picked up the win in 1.2 innings of work allowing a run on two hits.
SFA starting pitcher Benny Emmons lll (L, 4-3) was tagged with the loss after throwing 4.0 innings allowing seven runs on seven hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. He stayed in the game after allowing the seven spot to Tarleton in the first, and went on to hold them off the scoreboard for the next three innings.
With the lead sitting at 7-5 in the fifth, Tarleton turned its offense into high gear once again, scoring 10 runs combined in the fifth and sixth innings to separate.
The fifth inning saw Green’s second two run hit of the day as he doubled to right field to bring home Alec Williams and Young. Kemuel Thomas-Rivera followed that up with an RBI single to center field to score Green and extend the lead to 10-5.
Zach Poe threw a scoreless fifth and sixth inning, staving off the Lumberjacks as they tried to hang in the game.
The seventh inning took the wind out of the sails of SFA as Tarleton brought home seven more runs, batting through their order.
Choy Foo and Daniell had two run doubles in back-to-back at bats to put the lead at 14-5. Thomas-Rivera hit an RBI double to left field, Colby Seltzer hit an RBI single to right field and Young hit an RBI single to center for the 17th run.
Zach Gagnon came on to pitch the seventh and allowed a leadoff solo home run to Parker but got the three outs he needed without allowing another run as the Texans secured the mercy rule victory.