Hardin-Simmons’ baseball team received five shutout innings from reliever Eric Zamora and Tyler Brunnemann worked his eighth save of the year to set a school single-season record for saves in a 9-7 American Southwest Conference win over Schreiner on Thursday night at Hunter Field.
Zamora (6-0) came on in relief of Stewart Person, who had relieved starter Jordan Dotson. He came in with the Cowboys leading 8-6 in the third inning with the bases loaded and one out and forced a double play to get out of the inning. He allowed only one hit the rest of the way until the eighth inning.
Brunnemann came on and got out of a jam with a strikeout and groundout. The senior righthander did allow his first run of the year when Chris Whitehead hit a solo home run to right center in the ninth to make it 9-7. He recorded two more strikeouts the rest of the way and passed Josh Alcorn and James Simmons for the single-season Division III era record.
The game started as a slugfest as the teams combined for 14 runs in the first two and one-half innings, but each team would only score one run the rest of the way. HSU scored on an RBI single by Caleb Jacques in the fifth.
Schreiner scored a run in the first when Pete Trevino doubled and scored on a Whitehead RBI single. HSU responded by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. Jon Finney led off with a single and moved to second on a Marcus Uechi walk and Andrew Bell doubled home Finney. Troy Nicholson followed with a three-run home run to make it 4-1.
SU scored three times in the top of the second to tie the game. Chase Valdez had a two-run double and Lonnie Garcia an RBI single. HSU scored four times in the second. Trey Thompson had a three-run double and Finney had an RBI groundout.
Thompson and Jason Vause had three hits each for the Cowboys and Nicholson had two hits. Nicholson and Thompson drove in three runs each.
Trevino, Whitehead, Michael Kelton and Kelly Rundzieher had two hits each for SU. Matt Valley took the loss to fall to 3-5. He allowed eight runs in an inning and two-thirds.
HSU is now 16-10 on the year and 6-4 in ASC action and Schreiner fell to 8-21 overall and 1-6 in league play. The teams will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Friday.
Information for this story provided by HSU Sports Information.