AUSTIN — The Howard Payne Yellow Jackets will attempt to salvage the finale of their three-game American Southwest Conference baseball series with the league-leading Concordia Tornados after being swept in a Saturday doubleheader.
Concordia doubled up Howard Payne, 6-3, in Saturday’s series opener, then collected a 15-7 victory in the nightcap
In the opener, the Yellow Jackets (18-14, 6-11) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, fell behind 3-2 in the third and drew even at 3 in the top of the fourth. Concordia (22-10, 15-5) answered with single runs in the next three innings to pull away.
Seth Owen took the loss, his first of the season to go along with six victories. Owen gave up six runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks in six innings for work.
At the plate, HPU tallied six hits — two by Jay Holland and one each by Joshua Gerig, Noah Payne, John Killough and Bailey Smith.
The Yellow Jackets’ two-run second inning featured a two-RBI triple by Payne, which scored Benjamin Lewis and Jay Holland, who walked in succession to start the frame.
The HPU run in the fourth was the result of a two-out RBI double to right-center field by Killough, which knocked in Holland after he reached on a leadoff infield single.
In Saturday’s second game, HPU scored the first run, but Concordia answered with the next 11 to open a double-digit advantage after three complete innings.
Trailing 12-2 after six innings, the Yellow Jackets scored twice in the seventh, only to witness the Tornados add three more runs in the bottom of the frame, and the last three runs of the game in the eighth.
Howard Payne recorded just four hits — one each by Smith, Holland, Hunter Bazan and Blake Null.
Bazan’s RBI single in the first plate David Groves, who walked with one out.
In the fourth, an RBI ground out by Jacob Rodriguez scored Bazan, who was hit by a pitch.
HPU’s two-run seventh featured a two-RBI double by Smith, which drove home Payne, who walked, and Lewis, who was hit by a pitch.
The Yellow Jackets’ three-run eighth included RBI bases-loaded walks by Lewis, Kassidy Ramon and Smith.
On the mound for HPU, Dylas Vilaros started and took the loss, allowing 11 runs — nine earned — on eight hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings.
Friday’s series-opening contest was postponed and will now close the series at 1 p.m. Sunday.