War Hawks Take Down Cowboys 4-2

February 21, 2017 - Boxscore


Contributed by Chad Grubbs, HSU Director of Athletic Communications
ABILENE, Texas -- Hardin-Simmons' baseball team could not get the bats going in a 4-2 loss to McMurry on Tuesday evening at Hunter Field.

Jack Poe started for the War Hawks and allowed only two hits and struck out six over four innings. Chase Stone and Garrett Scudder each worked a scoreless inning. Stone worked the fifth inning to pick up the win.  John Eric Cortez worked two scoreless frames. Juan Valdez worked the night for his first save of the year.

Colt Ritzel started for the Cowboys but lasted just four batters as he walked the bases loaded in the first. Kyle Barnett came on and got out of the inning. He worked two and one-third innings total but ran into trouble in the third.

Chris Baker doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a ground out. After Garrett Hurst popped out for the second out Kevin Garza walked and Noah Clarkson had an RBI single for the War Hawks. Taylor Ward then walked and Kyle Johnson came on in relief for the Cowboys. Johnson got what he needed a routine ground ball to short but Taylor Cooling’s throw was wide of first and two more runs scored. It was the first error of the year in seven games for the Cowboys’ All-American shortstop.

The Cowboys answered back with a run in the third when Gunny Evans walked and Cooling had an infield single and error allowed Evans to move to third. HSU scored the run on a double play. HSU added a second run in the fourth when Colton Parker walked and Cody Berryman singled to lead off the inning. They were moved up on a Jake Todd sacrifice bunt and Parker scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Tyler Bradshaw, which was his first career RBI in his first career start.

It stayed 3-2 until the eighth when Tyler Jenkins tripled home Paton Stokes with two outs and made it 4-2.

HSU managed just four hits and Cooling had two of them. Kyle Johnson worked two and one-third scoreless innings, Chandler Carter worked two scoreless frames and Mike Richardson allowed one run in two-third of an inning. Cooling worked the final four outs for his first action of the year out of the bullpen.

Stokes and Clarkson led the War Hawks with two hits each.

Both teams are now 3-4 on the season. The Cowboys head to Jackson, Miss, to open American Southwest Conference play at Belhaven with a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Friday.

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