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LeTourneau baseball doubles up Austin College 16-8
By LeTourneau University
Apr 10, 2019
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SHERMAN, Texas Scoring 11 runs in the final two innings of play, the LeTourneau University baseball team would double up Austin College by a score of 16-8 at Baker Field in their 2019 non-conference finale on Tuesday, April 9.
 
LETU improves to 18-13 overall while the Kangaroos fall to 7-18 overall on the season.
 
Of the 24 runs scored in the game, 21 runs would be scored in the final four innings of action as the first three innings of the game would go scoreless. Only two runners would make it to third through the first three innings as AC would manage to break through for the first run of the game with a bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the fourth before leaving the bases loaded to end the inning.
 
The YellowJackets would waste no time claiming their first lead of the game in the top of the fifth as a leadoff single would be brought around to score with a two-out rally as a walk, hit-by-pitch, and throwing error with two outs allowed Lee Hosie and Will Bradshaw to score. LeTourneau would then tack on three runs in the top of the sixth as five of the first six batters of the inning would reach base with Brandon Ramirez delivering with a one-out two RBI single to cap off the three-run spurt.
 
Austin College would get two runs back in the bottom of the sixth on just a single hit as a hit batter, wild pitch, and balk allowed two runs to score to cut the YellowJacket lead down to 5-3. LETU would be retired in order in the top of the seventh to allow the 'Roos to keep momentum and complete their rally by scoring four runs on three hits and one error as two walks to start the inning would prove costly.
 
Down 7-5, LeTourneau would once again respond the inning after falling behind as the first seven batters of the inning would safely reach base to go along with three wild pitches and two stolen bases as LETU would send a total of 14 batters to the plate in a nine-run inning. The nine runs would come on just five hits and two errors, allowing the YellowJackets to take a commanding 14-7 lead.
 
Things would settle down briefly in the bottom of the eighth as AC would be unable to get any type of offensive production going, allowing LeTourneau to come back up for their final at-bat of the evening where they would score two runs on RBI groundouts from Cody Lee and Kyle Guevara to go up 16-7. A leadoff double and throwing error would allow Austin College to push across one run in the bottom of the ninth, but a double play and fly out would end the game with the YellowJackets earning the eight-run win.
 
A total of seven pitchers would be used in the contest by LeTourneau, with no pitcher tossing more than two innings or facing more than 11 batters. The final pitcher of the contest for LeTourneau would be Tristan Wilson, improving to 1-1 overall on the year after tossing two innings and giving up one run on one hit and striking out two.
 
13 different players would record at least one at-bat for the YellowJackets, with Chaz Jackson leading the way with a three-for-four performance to go along with one walk. Josh Raies and Guevara would each drive in a game-high three runs as the only extra-base hit of the game for LETU would be recorded by Noah Mahoney
 
What's Next?
LeTourneau will take on American Southwest Conference leading Howard Payne University in a three-game series this weekend at Conrad-Vernon Field as part of homecoming and family weekend 2019. Due to the potential for inclement weather this weekend, an official determination on game times and dates will be made tomorrow morning and announced on
www.letuathletics.com. The series opener is currently scheduled for Friday, April 12th at 7 p.m. with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, April 13th.