HAWKINS, Texas — Despite not allowing a single hit until the fifth inning behind the skillful arms of Derrick Findley, Chad Boudreaux and former Waxahachie Indian Garrett Penny, East Texas Baptist University fell 5-3 to Jarvis Christian College on Tuesday.
During the Tigers' 2017 round two matchup against Jarvis Christian ETBU managed to get runners on base all game, but couldn't capitalize. The Tigers struck first after Kam Sumrall's RBI fielder’s choice and Jarvis Christian evened the score 1-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth on a suicide squeeze play.
Brice Winter delivered a RBI single to drive in Zach Gartner to help ETBU take a one-run lead, but. Jarvis answered with two runs — via a RBI double and fielder’s choice — in the bottom of the sixth to grab the lead going into the final three innings.
Jarvis Christian tacked on two more runs on an ETBU error to push their lead to 5-2, though Zach Compton's ninth-inning solo home run nearly sparked a Tiger rally.
The ETBU comeback, however, fell short.
ETBU collected 12 hits from five different Tigers — Compton, Gartner, Sumrall, Winter and Conner Combs — that earned two hits apiece. Gartner reached base four times as he walked two times as well, and scored two runs.
ETBU's stranding of 13 runners was one of the aspects of the game that may have been a difference maker during the game.
Boudreaux, Findley and Penny combined for four innings of hitless baseball, striking out and walking two batters. Jordan O’Bannon (0-1), who earned the loss, allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in two innings in relief.
CJ Tyler and Stephon Miller each had two hits in the contest to pace the Bulldog offense and Alejandro Guerrero (1-0) picked up the win after pitching six innings and allowing two runs on seven hits.
ETBU will return to action during this weekend's series against the University of the Ozarks. The teams will play the first game at 7 p.m. Friday, then conclude the series with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.
All three games will be played at Woods Field in Marshall, Texas. The Tigers will play back-to-back series at home against the University of the Ozarks and McMurray University.