TC cruises for two over North Central Texas
GAINESVILLE — Temple College collected 26 hits, including six home runs, Friday and beat North Central Texas twice.
The Leopards (21-26, 11-13 Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference) had homers from Breck Potvin and Reid Dalrymple (two) in a 6-2 victory in Game 1. TC got three more from Max Puls, Hunter Torrez and Dalton Watts in a 14-5 run-rule win in Game 2.
Ben McDonald went the distance on the mound in the opener and improved to 5-1 this season. Blake Bolgiano (3-3) picked up the Game 2 win in relief.
“We had a good day. Bats came alive,” said TC coach Craig McMurty, who lauded the pitching performances of McDonald and Bolgiano.
North Central Texas fell to 25-17 overall and 13-11 in conference.
East Texas Baptist sweeps UMHB in conference doubleheader
MARSHALL — East Texas Baptist twice blanked Mary Hardin-Baylor on Friday, sweeping an American Southwest Conference doubleheader with 2-0 and 14-0 victories.
The Crusaders (9-23, 4-11) were limited to eight hits on the day by the ETBU (26-10, 15-5) pitching staff.
Caimyn Holiday had a solid pitching debut for UMHB, striking out four and allowing six hits in Game 1, though had to settle for his first collegiate loss.
Ross Baer gave up eight runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings of Game 2 to drop to 1-5 this season.
The three-game series continues at noon today.
Lady Leopards clinch title
VERNON — The Temple College Lady Leopards clinched another Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference title Friday with a 9-4, 9-4, sweep over Vernon.
“It’s nice but it’s not what our ultimate goal is,” coach Kristen Zaleski said. “It is one of those things we can check off on our way, but it’s not our main goal. And we don’t want to let up.”
With four games remaining Temple (37-9, 23-5) holds a four game lead over North Central Texas. Temple holds the tiebreaker if the teams finished tied.
Temple pounded out 29 total hits in the sweep against Vernon (30-16, 17-11) on Friday, with Savannah Parker grabbing two doubles and a triple on the day.
Temple never trailed in the opener, but got down 4-0 in the second inning of Game 2, only to answer quickly, tie the game and take the lead two innings later.
“They stayed composed,” Zaleski said. “They were able to stay relaxed and come back.”
Temple, which has won 13 conference titles in 20 years, hosts McLennan on Wednesday and will end conference play next Saturday at Hill.
UMHB tops Belhven
JACKSON, Miss. — The Mary Hardin-Baylor Lady Crusaders picked up their fourth consecutive win and second straight shutout on Friday, beating Belhaven 3-0 in the opener of a three-games series.
Emily Bounds drove in two runs for the Lady Crusaders (21-14, 16-6 American Southwest Conference) and Allie Dalle scored twice and drove in one. Bounds and Dalle had two hits each for UMHB.
Kat Reed picked up the win, allowing five hits in the complete game effort. Bailey Root took the loss, giving up six hits.
The series continues with a doubleheader at 11 a.m. today. UMHB closes out the regular season at home against Louisiana College on April 26-27.