SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College baseball team split its home-opening doubleheader against Dallas Christian College on Tuesday night, falling 4-2 in game one before rebounding to take a 6-1 game two victory. The 'Roos are now 1-3 overall on the year.
Dallas Christian took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first of game one, but the 'Roos rallied in the bottom of the second to square things up when Harrison Baldwin singled home a run and Jake Webster scored on a wild pitch. The Crusaders regained the lead in the top of the third on a solo homer by Jacob Patlan, and Patlan would bring home an insurance run in the seventh to make it a 4-2 final.
Collin Maynard took the loss, surrendering three runs on six hits with three strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work. Baldwin, Justin Alphonse, and Brett Taff each had a pair of hits in the loss. Patlan paced the Crusaders with a 2-for-3 performance and two RBI.
In game two, Austin College took control early, putting three runs across in the bottom of the first with Taff doubling home a pair of runs while Alphonse drove in another. Bennett Reagan tripled home a run in the second, and Oscar Gonzalez plated one more on a sacrifice fly to make it 5-0.
Dallas Christian got one run back in the top of the fourth, but Taff singled home one more run in the fifth to make it a 6-1 final. Christian Thomas surrendered one run on one hit with five strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work, and Ryan Culp came on to earn the win in relief, pitching a perfect 1.2 innings. The 'Roo pitching staff allowed just two hits in the game, while Taff finished 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI.
Austin College is back in action on Friday when the 'Roos host Arlington Baptist for a doubleheader beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Baker Field.