COLLEGE BASEBALL: UMHB drops series opener against UT-Tyler

BELTON — A three-run eighth inning turned a manageable deficit into a daunting hole as Mary Hardin-Baylor fell in a conference series opener to the University of Texas-Tyler, 5-1 on Saturday night.

UMHB (9-17, 5-8 American Southwest Conference) tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the first with an RBI single by Max Conway that scored Dakota Best. The Patriots (18-10, 8-5) moved back on top in the sixth inning thanks to a single by Bowie Farris that scored Jordan Antley from third with the bases loaded. UMHB fell further behind in the eighth inning as an RBI double by Blake Maddox made it 3-1 before Graham Welch hit a two-run home run to right field to finalize the score.

Casey Frazier got the start for UMHB and threw five innings while allowing one run on seven hits. Andrew Hutchings (2-3) took the loss for the Crusaders, pitching 1 1/3 innings of relief while giving up a run on two hits and three walks.

Ryan Cheatham (4-4) went eight innings for UT-Tyler for the win and held UMHB to one run on five hits.

UMHB continues the series today with a doubleheader starting at 1:30 p.m.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Crusaders win a pair to sweep conference series

BELTON — Emily Bounds delivered an extra-innings, game-winning RBI single to lift Mary Hardin-Baylor to a 5-4 victory over Belhaven in a game that was postponed from Friday to Saturday, and the Crusaders completed the makeshift doubleheader sweep with a 5-3 nod at Dee Dillon Field.

Bounds’ winning base hit came in the bottom of the ninth after Makenzi Dawson had reached with a triple, finally ending the American Southwest Conference contest that began Friday night and delayed because of rain in the fourth. Bounds finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Dawson also had two hits and Avery Kelly added a two-run home run for UMHB (22-9, 16-5).

Hannah Wolfe hit a home run, while Bounds, Kourtney Cummings and Linsey Tomlinson each drove in a run in Game 2 for the Crusaders.

Hannah Halepaska improved to 13-1 in the circle, going the distance in Game 1. Karen Tennis bumped her record to 5-4 after notching the Game 2 victory.

Belhaven dropped to 17-9 and 8-7.

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