SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College baseball team picked up a pair of wins on Friday night against visiting Blackburn College, routing the Beavers 14-2 in game one before getting a walk-off 6-5 victory in extra innings in game two. The 'Roos are now 5-5 overall on the year.
The result of game two is under protest, however, with the final play being reviewed to determine whether all runners completed the play. If the on-field ruling is overturned, the at-bat will be replayed tomorrow prior to the third and final game of the series between the 'Roos and Beavers.
In game one, the 'Roos jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first with Brett Taff doubling home a pair of runs before coming around to score later in the inning, but Blackburn got two runs back in the fourth and the fifth to cut it to a 3-2 game. However, Taff singled home a run to kick off a seven-run fifth inning that also included a three-run home from Justin Alphonse as Austin College took a commanding 10-2 lead.
In game two, Blackburn took a 1-0 lead in the second on a solo homer by Ry Clark, and after Austin College evened things up in the bottom half of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Alphonse, Ryan Steen blasted a three-run homer to put the Beavers ahead 4-1 after three innings.
The 'Roos battled back with three runs in the fourth, with Cody Goggins scoring on a wild pitch and Oscar Gonzalez and Austin Dudley each drove in a run. Josh Boring's sacrifice fly in the fifth put Austin College ahead 5-4, but Blackburn answered back in the sixth and the game would head to extra innings.
Blackburn had the bases loaded with only one out, but Taff came on and induced a shallow fly ball and recorded a looking strikeout to work the 'Roos out of the jam. Austin College loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning, and with two outs, Wyche hit a single to center and Gonzalez came home for, at the moment, is the game-winner.
Taff gets the win in relief, tossing 0.2 innings, and Gonzalez and Wyche both finished the game with a pair of hits.
Austin College and Blackburn will close out the series tomorrow with first pitch set for noon.