ETBU Secures ASC Tournament Spot in Win Over UTD, 6-3by Adam Ledyard
BASEBALL: RICHARDSON, Texas (4/19/13) – Late inning rallies lead East Texas Baptist University to a 6-3 win over the University Texas-Dallas as they secured their spot in the 2013 American Southwest Conference Tournament for the first time in eight years. ETBU took the lead in the eighth inning with four runs, 6-2, breaking open a 2-2 tie and then held off the Comets for their 19th win of the year.
Matt Lefler went 7.1 innings for his fourth win of the year with four strikeouts giving up three earned runs. Kirby Moore came in and finished off Texas-Dallas in the final 1.2 innings picking up his third save of the year. Jon Burkhart had three hits for one RBI while Ben Beltran posted two hits for two RBI. Matty Sullivan and Jeremy Pinder both added a RBI.
Texas-Dallas took the early 2-0 lead in the third inning and then kept ETBU scoreless until the sixth inning. In the sixth inning Burkhart doubled to left field brining in Tyler Bates who started the inning with a double. ETBU then tied the game at two in the seventh inning on Beltran’s two out single through the right side that scored Pinder.
For the third inning in a row, ETBU scored putting four runs up in the eighth to take the lead, 6-2. Matty Sullivan, with one out, doubled to right center field as Burkhart made his way home from first base. Two batters later, Pinder singled in Sullivan for the fourth run of the game and then Garrett Parsons came in on the same play on a throwing error from the outfield for the 5-2 lead. Beltran followed with his second hit of the game through the right side as Pinder was the sixth run of the game.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Moore came in with one out and the bases loaded. The first batter grounded out as one run came in. The next batter then flew out to Pinder in right field to end the threat. In the ninth, Moore struck out the first batter and then gave up a single. A second fly out to Bates in centerfield and a fielder’s choice by Lance Anding ended the game as ETBU secured their spot in the ASC Tournament.
ETBU will face Texas-Dallas Saturday in a double header starting at 12:00 p.m.
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