Angelo State sweeps
doubleheader from visiting ECU
SAN ANGELO, Texas — Host Angelo State piled up 40 hits on the day, including two homers and eight triples, as the Rams rolled to a 14-6, 18-8 Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader sweep of East Central University Saturday to close out a four-game series at Foster Field.
The Rams, who improved to 28-19 overall and 21-15 in the LSC, racked up 19 hits in the seven-inning opener and compiled 21 in the nightcap, which was scheduled for nine innings, but was cut to seven via the run rule.
ECU fell to 9-24 and 8-20 with the two losses as ASU took all four games in the series after winning a pair on Friday.
Angelo State 14, ECU 6
Six Rams collected multiple hits, led by Clay Puckett’s 4-for-4 performance with two runs batted in and three runs scored and Dylan Petrich’s 3-for-4 effort with four runs batted in, including a two-run homer.
Dackry Howard went 2-for-4 for the Tigers with two runs batted in, including a run-scoring single in the third and an RBI single in the fourth. His brother Dylon Howard was also 2-for-4 and drove home a run while teammate Zach Atkins was also 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Tyle Hankins added an RBI single in the second inning for ECU and teammate Grant Rainwater had a double and knocked in a run on a groundout in that same frame.
Tiger starter J.P. O’Leary (3-3) was tagged with the loss after lasting 4.1 innings. Jake Williams went the rest of the way in relief and allowed only a hit.
Payden Bravenec, ASU’s third reliever, was credited with the win as the Rams used five pitchers in the game. Chris Adamson also collected three hits for ASU.
Angelo State 18, ECU 8
Isaac Garcia went 3-for-4, including his sixth homer of the year — a three-run shot — to highlight an 11-run third inning for the Rams.
ASU had five triples in the game, including a pair by Petrich as he was 3-for-5 with three runs batted in.
Mat Wolf and Dylon Howard each collected three hits for the Tigers, who finished with 13 in the game. Howard went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored while Wolf was 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice.
J.T. Gasso also had a multiple-hit effort for ECU, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
The Rams scored two in the first inning and three in the second before staging the 11-run third to go up 16-0.
The Tigers countered with a run in the fifth and five more in the sixth, but ASU scored two in the bottom half of the sixth to make it 18-7. ECU scored once in the seventh, but got no closer.
Tiger starter Andy Pendleton (2-3) was charged with the loss after throwing 2.1 innings. Justin Davis and Heath Stuckey also saw mound duty in relief.
Jerris Springfield (1-1) was credited with the win in working the first four innings and allowing only an earned run off five hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
ECU returns home next weekend for a four-game LSC series against Texas A&M-Kingsville. Friday’s doubleheader begins at noon as does the twinbill on Saturday.
ECU adds home baseball game with OBU on April 20th
ADA — East Central University has added a home non-conference game to its baseball schedule as the Tigers entertain Oklahoma Baptist in a 3 p.m. single nine-inning contest on Tuesday, April 20th.
The two teams were supposed to play earlier this season in Ada, but twice those dates were wiped out due to the weather. ECU lost to OBU in another rescheduled game two weeks ago in Shawnee.