ODESSA, Texas - McMurry University's baseball team received two outstanding pitching efforts by Lanny Zier and Joel DePorte, leading a Heartland Conference doubleheader sweep of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin at Roden Field. The War Hawks (18-21, 11-11 HC) topped the Falcons (17-21, 8-12 HC) by scores of 8-1 and 5-1.
The 1-2 punch of Zier and DePorte proved fatal for UTPB, as the McM duo posted similar lines for their respective outings. Both men notched their fourth complete games of the season.
Zier (4-4) threw the seven-inning opener, permitting just four hits and one run. He struck out four Falcons and walked two. He faced just 28 batters on the afternoon.
DePorte (5-4) had the longer, nine inning stint in game two as he earned his team-leading fifth victory. Like Zier, DePorte struck out four and walked two UTPB batters, also allowing just one run (which lowered his ERA to 3.16 on the year).
UTPB didn't help itself in Game One by committing four errors, either, which allowed four unearned runs. But the combination of Zier and a nine-hit War Hawk offensive attack was more than enough, anyway.
McMurry's 2-3-4 batters each collected a pair of hits. Christian Simmons went 2-for-3 with a run and two runs batted in, while Hagan was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Five-hole man Greg Koll was also 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs. All three each slapped a double, as well.
Kyle Sargent also went 2-for-3 in the game in the ninth slot. Both of Sargent's hits were triples, with one driving home a run in McM's two-run fifth inning.
On Game Two, the War Hawk batters unleashed a 13-hit barrage on the Falcons. Designated hitter Ben Douglas – who did not play in the first game – had a huge second game. Douglas, a native Canadian, made our neighbors to the north proud by going 4-for-5 with three doubles, two runs scored and an RBI.
Eric Moritz, hitting right behind Douglas in the McM lineup in the No. 6 spot, also went 4-for-5 in the game. Moritz drove in two runs and slapped his team's fourth double of the game.
Sargent, moved to the leadoff spot in the second game by McM head coach John Byington, went 2-for-5 with a run.
The two teams will conclude the series tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m. However, due to missed games caused by weather, the teams have decided to play a seven-inning, non-conference game following the conclusion of the nine-inning first game, as well.
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