UTB Sweeps DH, Garners 100th Win For Coach

Bryan Aughney couldn't help but smile, after reaching the 100-victory milestone in a little more than three years.

He had other reasons to smile after the UTB/TSC Scorpions team he coaches swept a doubleheader from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, 7-6 and 10-1, Friday at Scorpion Field.

The wins in the Red River Athletic Conference opener for both teams pushed the Scorpions' record to 7-3 overall and 2-0 in league play. SAGU dropped to 8-3 and 0-2.

The two teams meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Scorpion Field in the finale of the three-game series.

Aughney's record has improved each year. He was 28-31 in 2009, 31-24 in 2010, and 35-26 in 2011. Coming into the 2012 season, his career coaching record was 94-81 -- all at UTB/TSC. He reached the 100-win milestone after the 7-6 win in the first game of the doubleheader Friday.

Scorpions 7, Lions 6 (first game)

Donovan Vess' grand slam home run vaulted SAGU to a 6-2 lead in the second inning, but the Scorpions pecked away at the lead. UTB/TSC scored twice in the second to make it 6-4, and added a single run in the fifth to make it 6-5.

In the bottom of the sixth, Gus Henggeler singled and Peter Maldonado was hit by a pitch, setting the stage for a two-run double by Colby Henscey to put the Scorpions ahead, 7-6.

Marcos de Leon went all seven innings to record his first win of the season against one loss. He struck out 10, walked four, and gave up six earned runs on 10 hits.

Joel Fernandez also drove in two runs on a run-scoring single and sacrifice fly. Henggeler and Henscey each had two hits. The Lions outhit the Scorpions, 10-8.

Scorpions 10, Lions 1 (second game)

Adam Vera had another strong outing, allowing only one run in six innings to earn his third win of the season without a loss. He was economical with his pitches again. In his three wins this year, he threw 79 pitches in seven innings, 68 in six innings, and 72 in six innings Friday night. He struck out four, walked one, and scattered six hits.

Kale Wierenga , Baylr Bickerton and Salvador Villalpando each pitched one shutout inning over the final three innings. Wierenga and Villalpando struck out two each.

The first three innings of the game took only 30 minutes as Vera and SAGU pitcher Rockie Davis threw a combined 54 pitches. Davis did not allow a hit over the first three innings and faced only nine batters.

But the Scorpions finally touched on Davis in the fourth inning, scoring twice. They added a single run in the fifth and put up six runs in the sixth inning, chasing Davis from the game.

UTB/TSC had 10 hits, three by Scott Frazier, who also drove in two runs. Peter Maldonado and K.J. Semien also had two hits, and Maldonado, Semien and Matt Ginn each scored twice.