Posted: Feb 14, 2020
ABILENE, Texas -- Texas Lutheran prevented a ninth-inning rally by Hardin-Simmons and escaped with an 11-10 victory Friday night at Hunter Field.
In the first contest of the three-game, non-conference series between the Bulldogs and the Cowboys, Zach Perry pitched the final two innings for his first save of the year and worked out of a major jam in the ninth that had the tying run at third and the winning run at second.
After the first two batters of the inning reached on bunt singles, Perry struck out the next batter, induced a ground ball to first, and then recorded the final out on a ground ball to third.
TLU improved to 2-2 overall with the victory. HSU fell to 0-4.
TLU freshman first baseman Tyler Post came up a triple short of hitting for the cycle. He singled, doubled, and hit a two-run home run in the fifth that gave TLU a 7-6 lead.
Post had a two-RBI double in the third. He finished the night 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored.
Bulldog sophomore shortstop Joe Jimenez also homered against HSU. Jimenez hit a solo home run in the fourth. He went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI.
Jimenez broke a 10-10 tie in the eighth with a RBI single to center field. That hit scored Alex Cornman, who led off the eighth with a pinch-hit triple to right-center field.
Tyler Cauley drove in a pair of runs, scored two, and had three hits and a walk. Caleb Maly walked three times and scored twice, and Collin Docker had a pair of hits and a run scored.
JT Taylor (1-0) picked up the win in relief. Nolan Tenpas struck out seven in 2-2/3 in his relief outing.
The Bulldogs and Cowboys conclude the three-game series Saturday with a noon doubleheader at Hunter Field.