ABILENE – With two on base, two outs, two strikes and the Cowboys starting to gain on the Wildcats in the seventh, senior outfielder Dalon Farkas provided Abilene Christian with some much needed distance, clubbing a towering shot over the left-field wall that capped baseball’s 9-3 win Friday at Crutcher Scott Field.
For Farkas, a native of Milton, Ga., the round-tripper was his third of the season and gave him his fourth four-hit game in three seasons with the Wildcats. Farkas is now batting .290 on the season, and perhaps just as important, he’s a key part of an ACU ball club (22-18, 9-10 Southland) that tonight set a DI era single-season program record with 22 wins.
Earlier in the game Farkas got the Wildcats’ five-run second-inning rolling off starter Cayne Ueckert (1-3), slashing a single through the right side. Two outs soon followed, but designated hitter Matthew Nerz and Colton Eager came through with infield singles leading to the first run of the game, and then a walk to leadoff man Dalton Dunn was followed by Derek Scott’s two run single to right field that made it a 3-0 contest.
Not to be outdone, catcher Luis Trevino blasted a double in the same direction over the head of outfielder Jake Cochran leading to two more runs and a 5-0 Wildcat lead. Farkas in his next at-bat then dropped a third-inning single into shallow left-center field to score first baseman Collin Chaney who ripped a leadoff double to left field.
Spencer Chirpich (7-2, 3.84 ERA) was brilliant through the first four innings in allowing only two baserunners but back-to-back singles to start the fifth helped bring an end to his shutout bid as a double steal and passed ball led to an unearned run. He bounced back with a scoreless sixth, working around a Clayton Rasbeary double with three groundouts – the second of which featured a run-saving diving stab by third baseman Seth Watts.
Chirpich again gave up two base hits to begin the seventh but helped minimize the damage by getting Dustin Duhon and Reid Bourque to fly deep to the outfield, leading to a pair of sacrifice fly RBI.
Logan Patterson came into the game to begin the eighth and tossed 22 pitches during two perfect innings. He struck out Cochran to end the game and matched Chirpich’s in-game K total of three.
The Wildcats finished the game with 13 base hits with the additional multi-hit performance courtsey of Dunn, who went 3-for-4 with the run scored.
ACU and McNeese (21-21, 7-12 Southland) continue their series Saturday at 2 p.m.