COLLEGE BASEBALL: TC splits with Weatherford

WEATHERFORD — Temple College’s postseason hopes took another hit Friday with a doubleheader split against Weatherford. The Leopards won the opener 4-1 before dropping the finale 7-3.

Jesse Reed threw a three-hitter in Game 1 for the Leopards (25-20, 10-14 Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference), who scored twice in the first inning and never trailed while taking advantage of three errors by Weatherford (26-20, 16-8).

TC starter Jared Hart didn’t make it through Weatherford’s five-run third in Game 2.

“We have eight games left and realistically, we have to win all eight,” Temple coach Craig McMurtry said. “It’s not looking good for the playoffs. We’ll see how many we can win in these last two series.”

COLLEGE BASEBALL: UMHB splits final home games

BELTON — Casey Frazier struck out eight in a complete-game effort to lift Mary Hardin-Baylor to a 4-1 victory in the opener, before McMurry erupted for a 14-5 win in the finale Friday as the teams split a doubleheader to cap the Crusaders’ home schedule.

Austin Blanford was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for UMHB (10-26, 6-15 American Southwest Conference) in Game 1, and Frazier (2-2) limited the War Hawks (11-23, 6-15) to six hits.

Crusaders starter Andrew Hutchings (2-5) gave up six runs — only three earned — on three hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings of Game 2, in which McMurry tallied 15 hits.

UMHB closes its season next weekend with a three-game series against Sul Ross State in Alpine.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: TC pushes win streak to 11 games

Temple College pitchers held Vernon to five hits in a Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference doubleheader Friday afternoon. The Lady Leopards won the opener 4-2 and took the finale 8-0 in six innings to extend their winning streak to 11 games.

TC (34-5, 23-3) fell behind early in Game 1 after Vernon (14-29, 9-19) scored two runs in the first inning. The Lady Leopards retaliated with three runs in the third and one in the fifth. Madilyn Weatherly hit a three-run home run and drove in Tiare Lee on a sacrifice fly to account for all four of the Lady Leopards’ runs.

Dalilah Barrera (15-1) allowed two runs on two hits with 14 strikeouts and one walk in a complete-game effort.

Karina Sanchez continued the strong TC pitching with six innings of three-hit ball while striking out 10. Temple led 2-0 after its first trip to the plate and added a run in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth. Daisy Gonzalez cleared the fences with a solo home run and Kennedy Jimenez finished 3-for-4 with an RBI.

The Lady Leopards hit the road for their next series against Grayson. Game 1 of the doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m. Monday in Denison.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Crusaders sweep Howard Payne

BELTON — Devon Walter went 2-for-3 with a home run, Karen Tennis allowed one hit and struck out four, and Mary Hardin-Baylor beat Howard Payne 8-0 in five innings to complete a three-game American Southwest Conference sweep Friday at Dee Dillon Field.

Avery Kelly had a pair of hits and drove in three runs for UMHB, which also got two hits each from Kourtney Cummings and Linsey Tomlinson as the Crusaders finished off the Yellow Jackets in run-rule fashion. Tennis improved to 7-4 in the circle.

UMHB (27-10, 21-6) opened the series with a pair of wins over HPU (8-26-2, 5-21) on Thursday.

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