ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University senior lefthander Trevor Daggon got his first start of the season on Tuesday and responded with a complete-game victory over Southwestern Assemblies of God University, 12-1, at Walt Driggers Field. The victory – which was shortened due to the 10-run “mercy rule” - upped the War Hawks’ record to 6-12 overall.
Daggon, normally a reliever for McM, was handed the ball in the non-league bout versus the Lions. He responded by scattering four hits and allowing only a solo homerun in the top of the seventh with the game well in hand. Daggon (1-0) had two strikeouts and one walk in picking up his first decision of the season.
While Daggon had matters well in hand on the hill, the McMurry bats were more than ready from the get-go. After SAGU went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, McM would plate four runs in the bottom half of the frame.
McMurry added three in the third and a five-spot in the bottom of the sixth.
The War Hawks slapped a total of 14 hits in the game, including eight of the extra-base variety. Kyle Sargent, Zack Hagan, A.J. Dupre, Jeremy Ruiz, Ben Douglas, Jeffers Rader and Greg Koll all had doubles. Sargent also added a triple to his collection of hits, scoring twice and driving in one run.
Joining Sargent with a multi-hit game were Hagan (3-3), Ruiz (3-4) and Douglas (3-4). Hagan, Douglas and Dupre each scored three times. Rader drove in two runs.
McM batters struck out just once versus three Lions’ hurlers. Starter Hayden Killebrew went three innings and was charged with seven runs, six earned.
McMurry will resume Heartland Conference action this coming Friday when it travels to Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla., for a three-game series. Friday’s doubleheader begins at 3 p.m., followed by a single game on Saturday (1 p.m.).