BROWNWOOD, Texas -- Hardin-Simmons' baseball team allowed an unearned run in the sixth inning and it was the only run of the game in a 1-0 loss to Howard Payne on Friday afternoon at Don Shepard Park in Brownwood.
Both pitchers were brilliant in the game. Corey Howie went the distance and improved to 4-3 on the year for Howard Payne. He scattered five hits, walked one and struck out eight.
Eric Zamora was equally as good. He allowed four hits and two walks and struck out five in eight innings of work. He allowed just the one unearned run.
In the sixth inning, Colton Buzzard led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Joshua Martinez then grounded back to Zamora for the second out. Carlton Brown followed with a sharply hit ball up the middle that Marcus Uechi fielded to the back hand side and he tried to make a jump throw that sailed over the head of first baseman Troy Nicholson into the HSU dugout allowing Buzzard to score.
Jon Finney had two hits for HSU and four different Yellow Jackets had one hit each.
The Cowboys are now 21-16 on the year and 7-9 in league play. Howard Payne improved to 20-18 overall and 6-10 in ASC action. HSU needs one win on Saturday to claim a postseason berth. The doubleheader starts at noon.
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