Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s offense came to life Tuesday afternoon at George Dobson Field. Tye Holliday ignited the fireworks with four hits, including a grand slam in the eighth inning as the Eagles whipped NCAA Division II Ouachita Baptist University, 10-3.
Holliday, a senior from Rosepine High School in Louisiana, singled home two runs in the first inning. He also doubled and scored in the sixth on a 2-run double by Bryce Beck to make it 4-0.
All three of the Tigers’ runs scored in the seventh, two on a home run by Aaron Studdard.
The Eagles answered right back in their half of the seventh. Tim Frith singled, and then reached second on a sacrifice. He scored on Holliday’s third hit, a single to center. Beck followed with a run-scoring hit for his third RBI.
Cole Chambers singled in the eighth for the Eagles, and was promptly sacrificed to second. Frith was hit by a pitch, then Keone McKee singled to left to load the bases. Holliday hit the next pitch over the left field fence, giving him four hits, three runs scored and a record seven RBI.
Texarkana pitchers record 15 strikeouts
Other than the seventh inning, Texarkana pitching was outstanding.
Junior Jordan Johnson of Midlothian, Texas, started on the mound for the Eagles. He threw three innings, allowing three hits, walking two and striking out seven. Senior Zac Harrington of Magnolia, Ark., followed, blanking OBU for two innings on one hit and three strikeouts.
Noah Vaughn and Cole Connally were roughed up a bit before Michael Herrera pitched a scoreless ninth. The Eagles’ five pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts.
Beck, Frith and Cal Pequeno all contributed two hits for Texarkana (7-10).