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War Hawks Enjoy Patriot Games in Sweep
Story contributed by Dave Beyer, McMurry Sports Information Director
ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University’s baseball team received another round of excellent pitching in a non-conference doubleheader sweep over Arlington Baptist College, 3-2 and 4-0, at Walt Driggers Field. The pair of wins upped the War Hawks record to 12-17 overall.
Junior righthander Lanny Zier started the day off on a high note for McM, tossing a four-hit complete game victory. Zier allowed one earned run over his seven innings, striking out six Patriots and walking just one. He improved his personal record to 3-4 on the year.
Christian Simons’ RBI single in the bottom of the third plated Greg Koll with the first run of the afternoon. But ABC came back to tie the game in the top of the fourth. Neither team was able to add anything to its total until the top of the seventh, when the Patriots scratched out a run to move ahead, 2-1.
Down to its final at-bat, McMurry had another come-from-behind rally for the win in the bottom half of the frame. Jeremy Ruiz was hit by a pitch to start things off. Casey Berryman then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but an error by the pitcher covering first left everyone safe. Patrick Adams came on to run for Berryman, representing the potential winning run.
Koll then laid down a perfect bunt and an attempted force at third was late to load the bases. That brought up Kyle Sargent, who promptly doubled down the leftfield line, scoring both Ruiz and Adams for the 3-2 win.
Koll and Simmons each went 2-for-3 in the game to lead the hitting attack in game one. In all, McMurry out-hit Arlington Baptist by a 7-4 margin.
For game two, McM head coach John Byington gave the ball to Trevor Ragsdale for just his second start of the year. Ragsdale, the War Hawks’ earned run average leader at 0.79, responded with another sterling outing. The freshman lefty went six strong innings, allowed two hits and no runs to ABC in evening his record at 1-1 on the year.
Mitch Labbie tossed a scoreless seventh to keep the Patriots at bay.
Two-out rallies in the third, fourth and fifth innings netted McM all its first runs. In the third, Simmons was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a Berryman RBI single. With two away in the fourth, Ruiz singled and moved to second on a Joel Villarreal walk. A double by Blake Smith got Ruiz home to make it 2-0.
In the fifth, Koll singled and scored on a two-out double off the bat of Ben Douglas. Eric Moritz was the next up and singled through the left side to drive in Douglas with the fourth and final run of the day for McM.
Douglas and Ruiz each went 2-for-3 in game two, leading McMurry’s eight-hit attack (ABC had just three singles in the game).