Tarleton State earns 1st sweep of conference play over Seattle U Sunday


STEPHENVILLE – Texan Baseball closed out the weekend series with a third consecutive win over Seattle U. 

Tarleton State (18-14, 8-7 WAC) claimed the final game of the series against Seattle U (7-24, 3-9 WAC) after a seven-run second inning buried the Redhawks. Game 3 ended with the Texans on top at 9-2.

In the bottom of the second, a two RBI double from Mason Crews saw the Texans draw first blood. Tyson Drake singled to center field to add another run to the board. With the bases loaded, Cris Enriquez brought out the big guns with a grand slam to bring the total to seven for the home team. 

Jake Burcham was the starting pitcher for the Purple and White with 4.0 innings on the mound, giving up one run on two hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Grant Garza remained perfect on the mound after claiming his seventh win on the season. Garza (W, 7-0) contributed 4.0 innings on the bump, giving up no runs on four hits, one walk and four strikeouts. 

Luke Alwood (L, 0-3) started on the mound for the Redhawks with 1.2 innings pitched, giving up seven runs on four hits, four walks and one strikeout. 

Enriquez led the offensive efforts for the Purple and White with a grand slam and a double to earn his new season-high in RBI in a single game (6). Crews also contributed a double for Tarleton State. The Texans compiled nine runs on eight hits. 

A pair of doubles and a triple contributed to the Redhawks offense. Seattle U tallied two runs on seven hits. 

In the Texans’ half of the second inning, the Purple and White silenced the Redhawks, tallying as many runs in a single inning as the Redhawks scored all weekend. Trace Morrison walked to start the inning off. Following the first out, Morrison advanced a pair of bases. Ike Shirey joined Morrison with a walk and stole second shortly after. Crews’ double brought the couple in. With two outs on the board, Mason Hammonds singled to see two runners on for the home team. An RBI single from Drake made room for Crews to cross the plate. Cole Miears walked, loading the bases for Enriquez. The first baseman for the Texans did a job at the plate as a grand slam from Enriquez brought in four more runs for the Purple and White to see the Redhawks down by seven. 

In the top of the third, a lone run came in for the visitors. One walk, followed by a double down the left field line put the Redhawks on the board.

The bottom of the sixth saw another couple of runs come in for Tarleton State to give the home team some insurance. Jordan Andrade played the role of leadoff for the inning and walked to put the Texans on early. With two outs recorded, Miears was hit by a pitch, joining Andrade on the diamond. Enriquez got back to work at the plate with a two RBI double to bring the pair home and increase the lead to eight. 

The seventh and eighth innings went scoreless. 

In the top of the ninth, the Redhawks tried to stay in the fight, but a solo run closed out the afternoon and sealed the deal for the Texans’ first sweep of conference play. 

Tarleton State Baseball will be back in action on Friday as another weekend series begins, this time in St. George, Utah, as the Purple and White take on Utah Tech. 

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.