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East Texas Baptist0000204674
LeTourneau0000010132
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Derrick Findley (1-1) 5.031039
Loss: A. Harlan (0-2) 7.076026
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Jaxon Rader (ETBU) 411200
Landen Barns (ETBU) 401300
Conner Combs (ETBU) 411101
Zach Compton (ETBU) 301010
Mason Aldredge (ETBU) 211000
Casey Combs (ETBU) 211000
Garrett Lakey (ETBU) 101000
N. Mahoney (LETU) 401000
J. Faubion (LETU) 301000
H. Simmons (LETU) 301000
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East Texas Baptist120003200862
LeTourneau5000000016102
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Kyle Loson (2-1) 4.101115
Loss: H. Simmons (1-1) 4.033042
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Conner Combs (ETBU) 402110
Zach Gartner (ETBU) 522100
R. Conger (LETU) 523100
SWEEP: ETBU Takes DH vs. LETU for Series Sweep
SWEEP: ETBU Takes DH vs. LETU for Series Sweep
Saturday, February 25, 2017

LONGVIEW, Texas – In a hard fought, grind-it-out double header, the East Texas Baptist University baseball team swept Saturday’s games over LeTourneau University, 6-1, and 8-6. Along with the win on Friday, ETBU swept the entire series from LeTourneau, which puts them at 6-4 overall and 3-0 in American Southwest Conference play.

 

Game one’s seven-inning affair saw ETBU win 6-1. Derrick Findley (1-1) was the top player as he pitched five innings allowing one run on three hits while striking out nine batters. Logan Sprinkle would pitch the final two innings of the game striking out one batter. Offensively, ETBU was led by by Landen Barns, who had three RBI, Jaxon Rader with two RBI and Conner Combs solo home run. Andrew Harlan (0-2) took the loss for LETU going seven innings allowing six runs on seven hits and six strikeouts.

 

Game two saw ETBU come from behind to win 8-6. Combs and Zach Gartner both had three hits while Rader had three RBI. Brooks Robey also contributed with two RBI. Blake Corbin (0.2, 6H, 5R) got the start, but didn’t make it out of the first inning. Zach Pollard (3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 K) came in relief and held LETU scoreless. But it was Kyle Loson (2-1) who got the win in relief by going 4.1 innings allowing one run and striking out five batters. Sprinkle picked up his second save of the series while recording the final out.

 

Game 1 – ETBU 6, LETU 1

 

Much like Friday night, the first three innings were scoreless. LETU did threaten with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first before Findley got two big strikeouts. In the fifth inning, ETBU put two runners on by a single from Mason Aldredge and a hit by pitch to Casey Combs. After two more outs, Rader popped up to what would’ve been an inning-ending out. However, Harlan dropped the ball and two runs would score to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. In the sixth, LETU would put two runners on before Sprinkle came in to pitch. An ETBU error loaded the bases for LETU, but after a pop up and a fielder’s choice, the Tigers were one strike out from getting out of the frame when a catcher’s interference gave the Yellow Jackets their first run of the game. The Tigers escaped with a 2-1 lead after six.

 

In the seventh inning, ETBU loaded the bases for Barns, who singled and reached third on a two-base error scoring three runs. Barns however was thrown out trying to stretch for an in-the-park home run. On the next pitch, Conner Combs drilled a solo home run to put ETBU up 6-1. Sprinkle shut the door on LETU in the seventh inning winning game one.

 

Game 2 – ETBU 8, LETU 6

 

The Tigers jumped first when Conner Combs delivered an RBI single scoring Rader. However, the Yellow Jackets answered with five runs of their own in the bottom of the first In the second inning, Rader doubled in Aldredge and Dylan Sumpter to cut the lead to 5-3. For the next couple of innings, Pollard held his own as he kept LETU off the scoreboard. In the fifth, LETU got two on base before Loson was called in to pitch and record the final two outs of the inning.

 

The sixth inning saw ETBU storm back as Gartner led off with a single to left while Brice Winter walked. Following a wild pitch ball four to Robey, which scored Gartner, Lakey was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Sumpter grounded out to second to tie the game at five. Then Rader hit another grounder, which scored Robey and ETBU had the lead 6-5. In the seventh, Gartner’s double scored Zach Compton while Robey singled in the second run of the inning to give ETBU an 8-5 edge.

LETU would go silent in the seventh and eighth. But in the ninth, LETU put together a two-out rally with an error, a walk, and a catcher’s interference to load the bases. Boudreaux came in to pitch, but hit the next batter to score the run cutting the lead to 8-6. Sprinkle came in for the third time this series and in just two pitches, he got the last hitter to fly out to center completing the sweep.

 

ETBU will have a doubleheader Tuesday at Woods Field vs. the University of Dallas. Game one starts at 1:00 PM while the second game will follow at 4:00 PM.