HPU baseball claims second straight ASC series with 11-7 victory over Louisiana College

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com

The Howard Payne Yellow Jackets won their second consecutive American Southwest Conference baseball series Saturday, claiming an 11-7 victory over Louisiana College at Don Shepard Park.

The Yellow Jackets (7-6, 4-5) are currently tied with Hardin-Simmons (6-6, 4-5) and Mississippi College (4-8, 4-5) for seventh place in the ASC standings as the top eight teams advance to the postseason.

As was the case last weekend at Ozarks, the Yellow Jackets won the series by earning a victory in the third and final game.

In Saturday’s victory, the Yellow Jackets snapped a 1-1 tie with four runs in the bottom of the second inning. HPU tacked on four more runs in the fifth inning and added two insurance runs in the eighth.

The Yellow Jackets generated 11 hits led by three from Colton Brown, who also scored three runs, two each from Matthew Daniel and Connor Roberts and one piece from Joshua Martinez, Jake Sadler, John Elmore and Cody Cain.

Martinez also produced a team-best four RBIs trailed by Daniel with three and one each from Cain, Kyle Kulczyk and C.J. Schumann.

On the mound, Matthew Parks notched the win as he surrendered three earned runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts and two walks in eight innings. Ethan Ferrel worked the ninth inning and yielded four unearned runs on two hits with one walk.

During the four-run second for HPU, Cain singled home Sadler, Martinez’s RBI double scored Elmore and Daniel lashed a two-RBI single to left field that plated Brown and Cain.

In the four-run fifth, Martinez, Daniel and Kulczyk all walked in succession with the sacks full to tally RBIs, while Martinez later scored on a wild pitch.

In the eighth, Schumann’s RBI fielder’s choice drove home Sadler while Martinez’s RBI single scored Brett Quackenbush with the 11th run.

Martinez also opened the scoring with an RBI ground out that plated Brown in the bottom of the first.