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UMHB baseball falls to ETBU 18-8

Marshall, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball team grabbed an early lead but late inning struggles would again prove costly as the Cru fell to East Texas Baptist 18-8 Friday night in Marshall. UMHB drops to 11-22 overall and 6-13 in American Southwest Conference play with the loss. The Tigers improve to 23-11 overall and 14-5 in the ASC on the year with the victory.

UMHB took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second when Cody Stone singled home a run and scored on Ty Johnson’s RBI double. The Tigers fought back for a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning. The Cru responded with RBI singles from Stone and Max Conway in the top of the third to make it 4-3 UMHB. Johnson blasted a two-run homer in the top of the fifth to stretch the lead to 6-3. A Riley Davis sacrifice fly gave the Cru a 7-3 advantage in the top of the seventh inning. ETBU stormed back and took advantage of a key UMHB error to put four runs on the board in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at seven. The Tigers took their first lead of the game when Jaxon Rader struck out, but reached on a wild pitch leading off the bottom of the eighth. Rader advanced on a balk and scored on another Cru error for an 8-7 ETBU lead. Dynas Doud added an RBI single for an insurance run and Connor Combs put the game out of reach with a grand slam to make it 13-7 Tigers. ETBU would go on to tack on five more runs in what turned out to be an 11-run inning. Scott Stephens hit a two-out, pinch-hit solo homer in the top of the ninth inning

Chase Burrow led UMHB with three hits and four other players had two hits apiece as the Cru finished with 14 hits in the contest. Johnson drove in three runs and Stone drove in two. Mikey Bielamowicz took the loss for UMHB to fall to 0-1 on the year. UMHB committed five errors, hit three batters and threw two wild pitches in the loss. Dylan Sumpter had three hits for ETBU and Combs drove in five runs. Jimmy Russo earned the win to raise his record to 2-0 on the season for the Tigers.

The two teams will close out the series with a 1:00 PM doubleheader on Saturday in Marshall. UMHB will then return home to close out the regular season with four games next week.

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