ABILENE, Texas - The McMurry baseball team saw its home record drop below the .500 mark as it dropped both games of a double header to the University of Texas – Permian Basin on Friday. McM lost the first game, 8-1, before dropping game two, 4-3.
In game one, The Falcons notched eight runs, taking advantage of four McMurry errors on route to a 8-1 win. After faced the minimum number of batters through the first three innings of the game, UTPB struck for two runs in the top of the fourth, getting RBI hits from Michael Rice and Arturo Carrera to take the 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the War Hawks cut the lead in half. led off the inning with a single and was moved to third on a walk by and a sacrifice bunt by . then brought in Zendejas with a sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 2-1.
The Falcons would then pull away scoring two runs in the top of the sixth and four runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the 8-1 victory.
Offensively, Zendejas and Mejia led the way collecting two hits apiece. Mejia also drove in the only RBI of the contest.
On the mound, Smith went six strong innings allowing just two earned runs in the contest. Four McMurry miscues helped lead to four unearned runs for UTPB in the contest.
In game two, the War Hawks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, striking for two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Three straight singles by the War Hawks led to the first run of the game, and brought in Mejia for the games' second run.
After the War Hawks first two runs, the pitchers from both teams held hitters to just four combined hits. scattered just one hit over the first five innings of play, until the Falcons were able to take advantage of more War Hawk errors to strike for two runs in the top of the sixth.
Three McMurry errors and an RBI single by Neil Madsen accounted for two runs in the Falcons' half of the sixth inning to knot the game at 2-2.
After a 1:03 rain delay between the sixth and seventh innings, the War Hawks took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. led off the inning with a single to left, and after reaching second on a passed ball, was brought home on a RBI single by Zendejas, to give McM the 3-2 lead.
In the top of the ninth, the Falcons would strike back. Trey Cochran knocked in a pinch hit RBI off of to tie the game at 3-3. The earned run was the first given up by Hopper in his last eight appearances. The next batter was Rhyne Head, who singled to center field with runners on first and second. However, a botched attempt at the ball by the War Hawks' defense, allowed the go ahead run to score, and McMurry fell, 4-3.
Once again, errors proved to be McMurry's downfall as four War Hawks' miscues led to three unearned runs in the contest.
On the mound, Moreland went a strong 7.2 innings of work, while striking out three batters and not allowing an earned run in the contest.
Offensively, and collected two hits each, while and Zendejas each knocked in a run.
The War Hawks will play one more contest against the Falcons in a nine-inning affair on Saturday. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch.
Information for this story provided by McMurry Sports Information.