UTB/TSC bounced back from an early 4-0 deficit to secure a 7-5 come-from-behind victory over Texas Wesleyan University Sunday at Scorpion Field, completing a three-game sweep.
After the important Red River Athletic Conference series, UTB/TSC is alone in first place in the Red River Athletic Conference standings with a 6-0 record. The Scorpions and Rams were tied for the conference lead with 3-0 records prior to Saturday.
UTB/TSC is now 11-5 overall, while TWU is now 9-4.
On Saturday, the Scorpions pulled out a 4-3 win in 13 innings, and followed that with a 4-1 win with the help of seven TWU errors.
"Overall, it was an outstanding weekend against a quality opponent," Scorpion head coach Bryan Aughney said. "I'm very proud of our guys for the resiliency they showed after a 13-inning marathon game to start things off. We found a way to come out on top."
On Sunday, starting pitchers Adam Vera for UTB/TSC and Dillon Wilson for TWU were very sharp early. The first two innings took only 20 minutes, with Vera throwing only 12 pitches and Wilson 18.
TWU got to Vera in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Alex Padilla. A two-run single by Stephen Niedwicki made it 4-0 in the fourth inning.
Down by four runs, UTB/TSC got untracked in the fifth with a two-out rally. Singles by Joel Fernandez and Scott Frazier put Scorpions at first and third with two out. Fernandez scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-1 while Zach Cordia was at the plate. On a 2-1 count, Cordia launched a towering shot to right-center field which hit the top of the fence and bounced over for a two-run homer, cutting the lead to 4-3.
TWU went ahead in the top of the seventh, 5-4, but the Scorpions responded with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. The first run scored on a double play ball, the second on a passed ball, and the third on a run-scoring single by Kyle Douglass.
Vera went the first seven innings, throwing 99 pitches. He allowed eight hits, struck out five and walked four to improve his record to 4-0. Matt Leffler pitched the final two innings to record the save. The game ended on a double play when Christian Soberanes lined out to Kyle Douglass, who fired to first for a double play to erase Tyler King, who had singled.
The Scorpions recorded 11 hits, two each by Henscey, Ginn, Douglas and Frazier. Cordia and Frazier each scored twice.
Pitching was clutch in the three-game sweep. Rory Young pitched seven innings in the opener, and relievers Kale Wierenga and Baylr Bickerton pitched six shutout innings. On Sunday, Leffler was effective in two scoreless innings.
"Our pitching staff was very tough," Aughney said. "Our starters did their jobs, and the bullpen was outstanding. Offensively, we found a way to get things to going. But we still have some work to do."