KERRVILLE — The Howard Payne Yellow Jackets put a rocky start to ASC West action behind them Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of the Schreiner Mountaineers.
The Yellow Jackets are now in the midst of their first ASC West win streak of the season thanks to victories of 4-3 and 12-3 over Schreiner Saturday. The Mountaineers captured the first game of the series, 14-3, on Friday.
In Saturday’s first victory for HPU (16-13, 3-6), the Yellow Jackets snapped a 2-all tie with two runs in the top of the ninth, then escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the frame by allowing only one run.
In the top of the ninth, Dillon McDugle singled home Cody Cain, who led off with a walk, then Carlton Brown followed with an RBI single that plated Colton Buzzard, who singled with one out.
Brown added an RBI double in the fifth inning and Cain singled home the first run in the fourth.
Ben Butler allowed one run on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks, while Brown earned the win in the relief, giving up two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
In the second game, HPU turned a 2-1 lead after three innings into a 10-3 cushion going to the sixth thanks to a five-run fourth inning and three-run fifth.
McDugle and Joshua Martinez led the 16-hit HPU onslaught with three each, followed by two apiece from Jake Sadler, Dusty Taylor and Buzzard.
Collecting two RBIs apiece were Martinez, Brown, McDugle and Sam Dollahite.
On the mound, Gilbert Barrera worked five innings of three-run, four-hit ball with three strikeouts and two walks. Jonathan Morris pitched a perfect final two innings with a pair of strikeouts.
HPU will host Austin College at 1 p.m. Tuesday in a non-conference doubleheader.