ODESSA, Texas - The McMurry University baseball team split the first two games of its first road series as the War Hawks won game one, 2-1, and lost game two, 4-0, in a double-header against Texas-Permian Basin on Friday.
In the first contest, Spencer Smith pitched his second solid start in a row as he went 6.1 innings and did not allow an earned run, in a 2-1 victory.
The War Hawks got on the board first in the top of the fourth as Jeffers Rader hits an RBI single to right field which scored Dylan De Leon to give McM the 1-0 lead.
Smith would continue his great command throughout the game and had a no-hitter all the way until the bottom of the seventh inning. After the no hitter was broken up, and the next batter reached on a fielder's choice, a throwing error allowed a runner to move to third base with just one out in the bottom of the seventh. The Falcons would then tie the game before relief pitcher Charlie Hejny got the War Hawks out of the inning still tied at 1-1.
In the top of the eighth, Ruden Zendejas led off the inning, drawing a full-count walk. After Jeremy Ruiz was hit by a pitch to move Zendejas to second base, the next two batters flew out. With two down in the inning, De Leon played hero for the War Hawks, driving in Zendejas with an RBI single to give McM the 2-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the eighth, Hejny earned his first victory of the season by setting down the Falcons in order on seven pitches to preserve the 2-1 win.
Smith finished the day having allowed just one hit and zero earned runs over 6.1 innings. He also struck out two in his no decision performance.
Offensively, De Leon led the way for McM, going two-for-four while driving in the game winner.
In game two, the War Hawks' bats were once again stymied as they managed just two hits while winding up on the short end of a 4-0 decision.
The Falcons scored two runs in the bottom of the first, one in the bottom of the second, and another in the bottom of the sixth inning to account for all of the scoring.
Jared Hopper pitched a solid performance in relief of Trevor Daggon as Hopper went four innings allowing four hits and one earned run while striking out four.
The War Hawks and Falcons will wrap of their three-game series on Saturday in a nine-inning contest. First pitch is scheduled for one p.m.
Information for this story provided by McMurry Sports Information.
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