Hardin-Simmons’ baseball team used a six-run third inning to propel then to an 8-6 win over Chapman on Thursday evening at Hunter Field in non-conference action.
Chapman, who is one of the traditionally toughest teams in the West region with seven trips to the Division III World Series since 2003, battled back but star reliever Tyler Brunnemann came on and earned his 10th save of the year.
The Panthers scored a run in the first inning on a RBI single by Connor Battaglia. HSU left runners stranded in scoring position in each of the first two innings, but finally got to CU starter Justin Hanks with six runs in the third.
Jon Finney led off the third with a single and stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Marcus Uechi was hit by a pitch and stole second and then Andrew Bell hit a grounder to second base that plated two runs when it was booted. Bell moved to third base when the throw to the plate got away. Troy Nicholson then reached on an RBI fielder’s choice to bring home Bell.
After a strikeolut, Colson Craddick doubled and Zack Patino was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Caleb Jacques had a RBI single, Jason Vause reached on an RBI fielder’s choice and Marcus Uechi reached on catcher’s interference.
Craddick made it 8-1 in the fourth with a towering two-run home run over the scoreboard in left field.
Chapman then chipped away with two runs in the sixth on a triple and passed ball and then later on a John Wiehe sacrifice fly.
HSU starter Eric Zamora worked into the seventh inning and allowed just three runs before giving away to Stewart Person, who got out of a jam in the seventh.
The Panthers then scored three times in the eighth inning. Wiehe tripled and scored on a Marcus Uechi error. Greg Dillon had a bad-hop single that scored a pair of runs after the ball was misplayed in the outfield. HSU went to Brunnemann who got a Mark Saatzer ground out to end the eighth and worked a scoreless ninth.
Zamora moved to 7-0 with the win and Chapman starter Justin Hanks fell to 2-7 with the loss. Andrew Felikian worked four scoreless innings for Chapman out of the bullpen.
Battaglia had three hit to pace the 11-hit Chapman attack and Craddick and Jacques, both freshmen, had three hits for the Cowboys.
HSU improved to 18-11, while the Panthers fell to 11-16 with their seventh straight loss. The teams will play a single game on Friday at 7 p.m.
Information for this story provided by HSU Sports Information.