COLLEGE BASEBALL: Temple thrashes Vernon to sweep doubleheader

VERNON — Temple College totaled 44 runs and 45 hits Saturday in two lopsided victories, 20-4 and 24-3, over Vernon in a Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference doubleheader.

The Leopards (29-21, 14-14), who still have an outside chance at making the Region V tournament heading into the final week of the regular season, used a pair of eight-run innings to pull away in the opener and scored 18 runs in the top of the ninth in Game 2 to close that rout.

Temple had 18 extra base hits over the two games, including home runs by Preston Macik (two), Jordan Monacy, Adam Petersen, Seth Spinn and Hunter Torrez.

Jesse Reed (3-3) and Jacob Little (4-2) earned the wins on the mound.

Vernon dropped to 10-40 overall and 4-24 in conference.

Crusaders conclude season with pair of losses

ALPINE — Mary Hardin-Baylor finished its regular season on the short end of a doubleheader sweep against Sul Ross State on Saturday. The Crusaders dropped the opener 16-7 and Game 2 14-4.

UMHB (10-29, 6-18 American Southwest Conference) finished in last place in conference.

The Crusaders led 2-0 after the first inning. Malek Bolin hit a two-run home run after Dakota Best led off the game with a single. UMHB trailed 3-2 going into the fifth inning and drove in five runs for a 7-3 lead on the strength of two home runs. Max Conway hit a three-run homer and Landon Dieterich added a two-run home run.

Sul Ross State (23-17, 17-7), however, added two runs in the bottom of the fifth and recorded an 11-run sixth inning for the convincing win.

Connor Heussner got the start for UMHB and lasted 4 1/3 innings and was tagged for three earned runs on eight hits. He had four strikeouts. Coleman Ramsey earned the win after pitching three innings and giving up one run on three hits for the Lobos.

In Game 2, UMHB led 3-0 after Conway hit an RBI single and Cameron Wachsmann drove in a pair of runs on a base hit in the first inning. The Lobos scored four runs in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth for an 8-3 lead. UMHB fell further behind, allowing three in the sixth and three more in the seventh.

Hayden Ball started for the Crusaders and lasted 1 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Justin Haros threw 5 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs on five hits and had six strikeouts.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: UMHB drops regular-season finale to East Texas Baptist

MARSHALL — Mary Hardin-Baylor lost its regular-season finale and series rubber match against East Texas Baptist on Saturday, but its season will continue. UMHB lost to ETBU 7-2 on the road but will compete in the 2018 American Southwest Conference softball championship tournament beginning Thursday.

The Tigers (31-9, 24-6) hit a three-run home run in the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead. Kasi Cummings cleared the left- field fence for UMHB (28-12, 22-8) in the third inning to make it 3-1, but ETBU answered back with a four runs in the bottom half of the frame. A solo home run extended the lead to 4-1 before a bases loaded-double put the Tigers ahead, 7-1.

Devon Walter scored from third base in the seventh inning after Hannah Wolfe reached first on an error to cap the scoring.

Hannah Halepaska recorded one out in the loss and allowed three runs on two hits. Karen Tennis threw four innings in relief and gave up no runs on no hits for the Lady Crusaders. Jordan Anderson went the distance in the circle for ETBU. She was credited with one earned run on four hits and six strikeouts.

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