Baseball Season has Begun

By: Sydnie Grossnickle

Staff Writer

This is an update to an article previously published on by TNS on texannews.net.

Tarleton Baseball had their home opener on Feb. 18 against UT – San Antonio (UTSA). The Texans had a challenging series against the Conference USA member, winning one out of three games. 

The Texans fell short to the Roadrunners in the first two games.

UTSA came to the first game with offensive power. Right-handed pitcher Bryce Hackett held them off in the first three innings. 

According to Tarleton Sports, “It was all UTSA after Hackett made an early exit, pitching 3.0 innings. The Roadrunners finished the game with 48 at-bats, scoring 20 runs over the final six innings.”

UTSA won 21-5 over Tarleton in game one. 

The Texans’ offense battled in the second game but ultimately fell short. The Roadrunners earned their second win with a 12-8 finish. 

Tyler Junior College transfer Alec Williams hit a double, two runs batted in and stole one base during the game. UTSA took Tarleton’s starting pitcher, freshman Kyler Mentzel, out within the first inning. 

The Texans came back in the series finale on Sunday with a dominating 12-1 win. 

Outfielder London Green in a second tough loss to the Roadrunners.
Photo Courtesy: Toby Rhodes.

According to Tarleton Sports, “The scoring got started early, with Tarleton (1-2) making it all the way through their lineup in the first inning. Alec Williams scored on a throwing error from UTSA (2-1), London Green and Carter Dobrinski doubled in back-to-back at bats to drive in two and one runs, respectively, Colby Seltzer singled to left field to score, Dobrinski and Mason Crews hit a rocket over the left field fence for a no doubt two-run home run.”

The win went to freshman pitcher Aiden Adams who pitched the first four innings. Zane Badmaev and Matthew Hickey also pitched against the Roadrunners. 

The Texans had a mid-week match-up with the University of the Incarnate Word on Feb. 22 and won 1-0 against the Cardinals. 

“The Tarleton baseball team stifled Incarnate Word with pitching and solid defense,” Tarleton Sports said.

The Texans continued their homestand with a series against Eastern Illinois University. The series was altered twice due to inclement weather. 

They had a tough series against the Ohio Valley Conference member, winning one of three games. 

They opened the series with a doubleheader on Feb. 27. The Texans dropped both games against the Panthers. 

In the first game, they finished 13-3, thanks to catcher Spencer Bloom. 

According to Tarleton Sports, “The Texans offense never threatened throughout the game, finishing with three hits. One came in the first inning, one in the fifth and the final came in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Spencer Bloom sent one over the left field wall to score all three of the Texan runs in the game.” 

The second game had a 3-1 final. Carter Dobrinski scored Tarleton’s single run with the help of London Green. 

The series finale took place on Feb. 28. The Texans dominated the Panthers in redemption of the previous two games. 

They won 8-3, with starting pitcher Adams claiming another victory. Tarleton had two homeruns by Kemuel Thomas-Rivera and Colby Seltzer. 

According to Tarleton Sports, “The third and final run came via a Dobrinski double down the left field line that scored Dylan Kurahashi-Choy Foo, who finished with two hits and a walk.”

The Texans will hit the road for a series against the University of Missouri on March 4. They will play three games against the Southeastern Conference member. 
To keep up with the Texans, check out http://tarletonsports.com/sports/baseball.  

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