RICHARDSON, Texas – For the third straight game, and second time in the American Southwest Conference Tournament, the East Texas Baptist University baseball team walked off winners against the University of Texas at Dallas 9-8. ETBU (29-13) advances to the Red Bracket final, while UT Dallas (32-10) plays Hardin-Simmons in an elimination game to advance to the Red Bracket Final.
UT Dallas got off to a great start, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning without recording an out. The Comets would tack on two more runs in the top of the second inning on an RBI double and RBI single to extend their lead to 6-0. The ETBU offense would not stay quiet as they plated four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Zach Gartner scored on a wild pitch to score ETBU’s first run, followed by a Dylan Sumpter RBI single scoring Casey Combs. Jaxon Rader hit a sacrifice fly to score Kam Sumrall, and Mason Aldredge singled home Sumpter to make the score 6-4.
UT Dallas answered with two runs in the top of the third inning on back-to-back hits from Josh Covey and Isaiah Swann to put Dallas back up four 8-4. ETBU would strand the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning. Rader would get ETBU back on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo homerun to left field. The game would remain 8-5 until the bottom of the eighth when Conner Combs singled home Sumpter to bring ETBU within two runs. ETBU would hold UT Dallas in the ninth, and rally to score three runs in the bottom half of the inning to walk of winners.
Gartner led off the inning with a double to right center and Casey Combs singled to set up runners at the corners. Kam Sumrall had an RBI error that plated Gartner, and set up runners at first and second with no outs. Brooks Robey pinch hit and dropped down a perfect bunt to advance the runners to second and third with one out. Casey Combs scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 8-8. Rader would play hero with an infield single that scored Sumrall to end the game, and helps ETBU advance to the ASC Red Bracket Final.
Casey Combs had a career day, leading ETBU with five hits in five trips to the plate. Aldredge had three hits in the contest. Rader, Conner Combs, Zach Compton, and Gartner each picked up two hits with Sumpter adding one hit to total 17 for the ETBU offense. Rader led the offense from the leadoff position with three RBI. Blake Corbin moves to 3-1 with 9.0 innings in relief, allowing four runs on 11 hits.
Covey and Luke Richter had three hits each to lead the Comet offense. Connor Scruggs and Richter had two RBI each. Tristin DerMargosian picks up his first loss of the season to move to 2-1, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits in 1.1 innings pitched.
ETBU will play the winner of UT Dallas and HSU for the Red Bracket Championship Game tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.