KERRVILLE — In a non-conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon, the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets suffered a pair of lopsided losses at the hands of the Schreiner Mountaineers, 14-3 and 17-2.
In the opening 14-3 loss, HPU allowed one run in the second inning, five in the fourth and one more in the fifth before scratching across two runs in the top of the sixth. Schreiner responded with seven additional runs in the bottom of the sixth to double its total for the game.
The Yellow Jackets tallied five hits — two by Cade Varrichio and one each from Jonathan McKay, Nolyn Box and David Berzins.
HPU's two-run sixth inning featured an RBI sacrifice fly by David Paleo that scored Varrichio, and an RBI single by Box that plated McKay.
The Yellow Jackets' run in the seventh came on a one-out single by Berzins, who stole second base ahead of Varrichio's RBI single.
On the mound, HPU pitchers Jeremy Dodson, Kade Coleman, Koby Hasty, Nick Diaz and Ethan Cerna combined to allow 13 earned runs on 13 hits — including eight for extra bases with a pair of home runs — with six walks and four strikeouts.
For Schreiner, Jeremy Williams tallied three hits, including a home run, and two RBI, while Devin Hopper also recorded three hits, with a pair of doubles, and two RBI. Ryan Ragle added two hits, one being a double, and drove in a pair.
In the 17-2 defeat, the Yellow Jackets gave up a single run in the first inning, seven in the second, five in the third and three in the fourth before pushing across their first run in the top of the fifth, Schreiner tacked on its final run in the bottom of the fifth and HPU scored once more in the top of the sixth.
Howard Payne mustered just two hits — one by Joey Villarreal and the other from Seth Stephens.
In the fifth inning, Villarreal singled home Collin Davis, who was hit by a pitch. Then in the sixth, Mark Willoughby, who walked, came home on a wild pitch.
Kyle Purdes, J.T Howard, Ty Garner, Johnny Cravey, Seth Brody and Kory Owen teamed up to yield 14 earned runs on 16 hits with eight walks and five strikeouts.
Standouts for the Schreiner offense included Reece Hohhertz with two hits, including a home run, and five RBI, and Josh Gilliam with three hits, including a double, three RBI and three runs scored.
Howard Payne (3-5) will be back in action at 7 p.m. Friday as they visit American Southwest Conference rival East Texas Baptist in the opener of a three-game series. Games 2 and 3 will take place beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.