Baseball Championship: UT-Dallas Knocks Off Texas Lutheran; Mississippi
May 1, 2003
Brandon Shamblin scored the winning run in the top of the tenth inning as the Comets of UT-Dallas knocked off the top ranked Texas Lutheran Bulldogs, 9-8, in the opening game of the 2003 American Southwest Conference tournament.
Shamblin was pinch running for catcher Jake Carter who opened the inning with a single. John Fernandez drove in the winning run with the bases loaded on a fielders choice in which he narrowly beat the double play throw that would have ended the inning.
Texas Lutheran built an 8-5 lead thanks to a grand slam in the third inning by centerfielder Dan Halvorson. But UTD scored four runs in the final three innings to earn the win including a game tying run in the top of the ninth to force extra innings.
The winning pitcher for the Comets was Randy Black who pitched 4 1/3 innings of scoreless ball and allowing just three hits. Michael Browing struck out the final batter of the game with runners on first and third to earn his first save.
Russ Krenek suffered his first loss of the season for the Bulldogs dropping his record to 7-1.
UTD advances to face the winner of the Mississippi College / Concordia game at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow.
CLINTON,MS Senior Bo Edmiston was dominant on the mound allowing one earned run and two runs total in 8 2/3 innings to lead the Choctaws to a 11-2 win over defending champion Concordia in their opening game of the ASC tournament.
The game was a pitching duel most of the night until the Choctaws broke the game open in the sixth inning with six runs. Shortstop Turk Stovall led the inning off with a solo shot to tie the score at 2-2 and was the first of five consecutive batters to score. Stovall finished the night with two runs batted in on a homerun and double.
The Choctaws advance to face UT-Dallas tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. with UT-Dallas winning their opening game 9-8 over top ranked Texas Lutheran. Concordia will play TLU tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. in an elimination game.
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