ABILENE, Texas - Colton Parker capped a weekend sweep for Hardin-Simmons’ baseball team over the University of the Ozarks with a walkoff home run in a 13-12 over Ozarks at Hunter Field.
Parker crushed a Jacob Barker pitch over the wall in right center field to give the Cowboys the win. HSU had blown a 12-0 lead in the game as Ozarks tied the game with four runs in the ninth, but in the end Parker’s fifth home run of the series was the difference.
Anthony Beasley gave the Cowboys the lead in the first with an RBI double and HSU plated 11 runs in the second inning. Ozarks had four errors and six walks in the frame. Elijah Perez had an RBI double and Taylor Cooling and Zack de Luna had RBI singles in the inning.
It was the last time the Cowboys scored until the game-winner.
Ozarks chipped away with four runs in the third on an Edwards RBI single, a two-run double by Andrew Beck and a Josh Woolly double. Patrick Clifford had a two-run double in the third and Edwards had an RBI single in the sixth and Wooly an RBI double to cut it to 12-8.
Zach Jones was hit with the bases loaded in the ninth, Justin Crider had a sacrifice fly and Clifford added a two-run double.
Cody Berryman had three hits for the Cowboys and Josh Woolly led Ozarks with four hits and Justin Crider added three. Clifford had three hits and drove in four runs.
Luke Vera started and allowed seven runs in an inning plus of work. Hayden Keller worked three innings and allowed five runs before Barker came in and stabilized the game as we worked four and two-third innings and did not allow a run until Parker’s blast. He fell to 2-2 on the year.
Ty Engelhardt started for the Cowboys and allowed six runs. Kyle Barnett worked two innings and Blake Northrop then worked out of a jam in the sixth, worked a scoreless seventh and eighth inning before the first two men reached in the ninth. He gave way to Kyle Johnson who hit both batters he faced and Taylor Cooling came on and got two outs before giving way to Mike Richardson who got the final out of the ninth and earned the win in relief.
HSU is now 13-17 on the year and 8-10 in league play. Ozarks fell to 9-19 overall and 3-12 in ASC play. The Cowboys play at Trinity on Tuesday.
Courtesy HSU Athletics.
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