STEPHENVILLE, Texas - Abilene Christian's baseball team lost the second and third games of its series at 24th-ranked Tarleton State Saturday at Cecil Ballow Field by scores of 12-4 and 3-1.
The two losses dropped the Wildcats' season and conference records to 25-19 and 13-10, while the Texans improved to 28-13 and 17-6. Tarleton State can clinch the Lone Star Conference regular season title should it complete its series sweep of ACU Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tomorrow's game will be broadcast in Abilene on AM-1280 KSLI.
Game One Recap: Tarleton State 12, ACU 4
The Texans got to starter (7-3) early in game one as they strung together three consecutive two-out hits in the first, one of which was a two-run home run to left center field by Colten Boothe. Fola Lajide followed with a double that hit off the top of the wall, but he was left stranded when Hahn got Jared Musgrove swinging at strike three.
Tarleton tacked three more runs on the scoreboard in the third as a couple hits landed just in front of the ACU outfielders. Nico Moran tripled to begin the frame when center fielder dove and missed trying to catch a sinking line drive. He then scored one out later after Ryan Small dropped one into the no-man's land between first base and right field.
Small later hustled to third on a failed pickoff attempt by Hahn and would come home on Lajide's ground ball to second.
Boothe also reached base in the third on a fielder's choice and scored on Musgrove's double to the left-center gap that pushed the Tarleton State lead to 5-0.
ACU trimmed the Texans' lead down to a single run during a crazy four-run fourth inning, which was highlighted by 's three-run double to the left center gap that started by taking a wicked hop over the head of shortstop Evan Robinson. Macy later scored on a fly ball dropped by center fielder Noah Ringenberger.
Tarleton got a run back later that frame on a straight steal of home by Moran, and went up 7-4 on a double steal. Boothe stole home as Lajide was caught sliding into second base.
Macy came to the plate again in the sixth representing the game- tying run, but this time his high chopper was gloved by Small at second base and thrown to first in time for the inning's final out.
Tarleton put the game to bed in the sixth on three-straight run-scoring hits by Boothe, Lajide and Musgrove vs. reliever . Boothe finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBI.
Pete Perez (4-1) started for the Texans and finished with three strikeouts. Britt Robertshaw earned his fourth save behind 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Game Two Recap: Tarleton State 3, ACU 1
Tarleton State continued its hit parade in game two as Moran led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run off . The second inning wasn't much better for the Wildcats either as the Texans scored twice more on a couple of doubles followed by a sacrifice squeeze RBI by Robinson.
Lambrix (3-4) settled in after the second with four- straight shutout innings, but by then it was almost too late as Tarleton's right-handed starter Miguel Ramirez (7-1) started the game by retiring 14 of the first 15 batters he faced. Ramirez hit with a pitch, but the Wildcats' leadoff man was subsequently gunned down trying to steal second.
Ramirez' no-hitter continued until the sixth when Macy ripped a single through the hole on the right side. Spivey then followed with a walk and Eager broke the shutout bid with a two-out RBI single past the shortstop.
Ramirez issued a walk to to start the seventh, but got to ground into a 6-3 double play and ended the twin bill with a ground ball to second off the bat of .
Ramirez finished with six Ks in earning his fifth complete game of the spring.
Lambrix struck out five through 6.0 innings.
Information provided by ACU athletics department.
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