Baseball Championship Tournament Day One: UT-Dallas, McMurry Victorious
April 29, 2004
Courtesy McMurry Sports Information Office
ABILENE, Texas (Apr. 29) No. 11-ranked Texas-Dallas recorded a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over Concordia-Austin and host McMurry defeated Mississippi College 5-1 during first round action of the American Southwest Conference Tournament on Thursday at Walt Driggers Field.
In the first game, the No. 2-seeded Tornados (27-13) out of the West Division jumped to a 5-0 lead on the strength of solo home runs by Jake Decker and David White, RBI singles by B.R. Wells and Issac Salazar and a throwing error.
In the fourth inning, the ASC-East champion Comets (32-6) got a run back after Johnny Espree's single scored Justin Price. CUA led 5-1.
The Tornados added another run in the sixth before the Comets mounted their huge comeback. In the eighth, Espree had a three-run double to left-center field to highlight a five-run frame. Then in the bottom of the ninth, Lawrence Valbuena tripled to deep center that scored Caleb Chandler, who led off with a single, all the way from first base for the winning run with no outs.
Espree went 4-for-4 at the plate and drove-in four runs for the Comets, who scored six of their seven runs with two outs. UTD had 15 hits.
Ryen Pounds had three of CUA's 13 hits, followed by Bobby Brown, Decker, White and Salazar with two apiece.
In the second game, the Indians (27-13) scored five unearned runs to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth. Contributing for McMurry were Jason Gotcher and Joseph Cervantez with a pair of RBI singles, Chris Manley with a sacrifice fly and Albert Carrizales with a two-run single.
That was all the run-support senior RHP Josh Lee would need as he improved to 8-2. He allowed a run on six hits, a walk and he struck out six in eight innings of work.
Nick Moody and Johnny Bernhard each had two hits for the East runner-up Choctaws, who fell to 30-11. Bernhard knocked-in their only run, a RBI single, in the fifth.
On Friday, Concordia-Austin will face Mississippi College in an elimination game at 10 a.m. and No. 1 West-seeded McMurry plays Texas-Dallas at 1 p.m. in the winner's bracket. The winner of the elimination game and the loser in the next contest will square-off at 4 p.m.
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