STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton found itself trailing early in game one of its four-game series vs. Stonehill on Saturday at the Tarleton Baseball Complex.
The Texan bats promptly countered and continued to do so all throughout the day as they never trailed after the fourth inning of game one. Tarleton scored 30 combined runs to pull away for a 3-0 series lead ahead of Sunday’s series finale.
The teams will play the series finale on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. CT with the game being streamed on ESPN+.
Game 1: Tarleton 14, Stonehill 4
Tarleton found itself in an early hole as Stonehill scored three runs in the second inning and added another in the third to pull ahead for a 4-1 lead.
Tarleton went on to plate two in the third inning as Jack Wagner hit an RBI triple off the left field wall to score Jordan Andrade and Cris Enriquez followed by doubling down the left field line to score Wagner to make the Skyhawk lead 4-3.
The fourth inning is where Tarleton caught hold of the momentum with two home runs. Mason Crews led the inning off with a solo home run over the left field wall, his second home run of the season. Later in the inning Enriquez came up to bat with two runners on and launched a ball over the right field wall for a three-run home run to extend the Texan lead to 7-4 and energize the Tarleton Baseball Complex.
Enriquez was the story of the game as the designated hitter had three hits, five RBI and two runs scored. Andrade, Crews and Alec Williams all had two-hit games with Crews totaling two RBI and Andrade scoring two runs.
Tarleton plated seven runs in the sixth inning to help them to a run rule, 14-4, victory.
Grant Garza (W, 2-0) earned the victory as he tossed 2.0 scoreless, hitless innings. Dylan Delvecchio was the starting pitcher for the Texans, throwing 4.0 innings allowing four runs on four hits, striking out five.
Zach Gleason (L, 0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs in 3.2 innings pitched.
The Texans totaled 14 runs on 14 hits, walking seven times while only striking out on five occasions.
Game 2: Tarleton 16, Stonehill 4
The Texans outdid their game one offensive output in game two, totaling 16 runs on 10 hits.
They were benefactors of Stonehill pitchers hitting seven batters as well as issuing seven walks.
The Texans plated four runs in the first inning, six in the third and three in the sixth.
Dylan Kurahashi-Choy Foo and Grant Kerry each totaled three hits as Choy Foo led with four RBI with Kerry finishing with two.
Colby Feris added two RBI in his first at-bat of the season.
Piercen McElyea was the starting pitcher for the Texans and threw 2.0 innings allowing no hits or runs. He issued five walks but was able to hold the Skyhawks scoreless.
Devon Patel (W, 1-0), fresh off a career start at UIW on Tuesday, picked up his first career win. He threw 3.0 innings allowing no runs on three hits and struck out five.
Kooper Shook finished with two stolen bases to run his season tally up to eight. He had four stolen bases in game one of the series.
Connor Kiely led Stonehill with three hits and an RBI.