SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College baseball team split its doubleheader with LeTourneau on Saturday, falling 7-2 in game one before bouncing back with a 9-8, come-from-behind victory in extra innings in game two. The 'Roos are now 4-11 overall on the year.
In game one, Austin College got off to a strong start with a two-run homer by Brett Taff in the bottom of the first to go on top 2-0. LeTourneau responded with a run in the second, and the score remained 2-1 until the top of the fifth. That's when the Jackets would plate four runs to go on top 5-2, with a two run double by Gonzalo Sosa highlighting the inning for LeTourneau.
The Jackets would add two more runs in the sixth on a two-run home run by Kyle Jacobs, and Austin College was unable to mount a comeback. Chase Almaguer took the loss for Austin College, surrendering seven runs – six earned – on 12 hits in 6.0 innings of work. Taff went 1-for-3 as the 'Roos were held to just three hits by LeTourneau pitcher Andrew Harlan, who went the distance to earn the win.
The Jackets jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game two, with Noah Mahoney launching a three-run homer to highlight a four run second. Austin College answered back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, with Oscar Gonzalez bringing home a pair of runs with a single to the gap. LeTourneau would push the lead to 5-2 in the third, and after Austin College got a run in the bottom of the inning, two more runs would come home for the Jackets to make it a 7-3 game heading into the bottom of the fifth.
Chance Hatchel drew a walk with the bases loaded to get Austin College on the board in the fifth, and Austin Dudley's double scored two more runs as the 'Roos cut it to a 7-6 game. Taff blasted a solo shot to left in the bottom of the sixth to square things at 7-7, and after LeTourneau went ahead in the seventh, Austin College forced extras when Michael Winterrowd scored on a fielder's choice by Dudley in the bottom half of the inning.
Austin College had a chance to win it in the bottom of the eighth, but James Wyche was thrown out at the plate after trying to score from first on a single to right field. However, the 'Roos would load the bases in the ninth, and Thomas Oberg singled up the middle to score Bennett Reagan and end the game.
Braley Williams got the win in relief, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. Gonzalez went 3-for-4 and stole two bases, Winterrowd went 2-for-2, drawing three walks and scoring three times, and Taff went 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.