Controversial call by field umpire spoils Eagles’ dramatic win in Friday’s opener

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Texas A&M University-Texarkana's coach Steve Jones hands the ball to reliever Zac Harrington in Friday's second game. Moments later Jones was ejected after arguing an obstruction call by the field umpire.


Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s dramatic win in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader at George Dobson Field with Jarvis Christian University was spoiled by a controversial call by an umpire in the nightcap.

The Eagles rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win their Red River Athletic Conference opener over Jarvis Christian, 5-4.

In the second game, Jarvis Christian took a 3-2 lead into the fourth inning. That’s when the field umpire called obstruction on Texarkana’s third baseman, allowing two runs to score. The call also led to the ejection of Eagles’ head coach Steve Jones. The Eagles never recovered, dropping the second game, 11-5.

The Bulldogs scored first in the opener. Jarvis Christian got to Texarkana starter Caleb Baker for two runs in the fourth. The Eagles got one run back in their half of the fourth. Tye Holliday was hit by a pitch, and raced to third on Isaac D’Agostino’s single to left. He scored on Cal Pequeno’s sacrifice fly to center.

Baker gave up two more runs in the fifth. Cole Connally came on in relief to get the win when his teammates rallied in the seventh.

Frith ignites Eagles’ late rally in opener

Tim Frith reached on an infield error to start the Eagles’ seventh. Cole Chambers followed with a walk. Both moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Holliday. Frith scored on a single to center by D’Agostino, and Pequeno followed with another hit to load the bases.

Jake McDonald’s sacrifice fly to right-center tied the game, and Bryce Beck ignited a wild celebration with a double to right-center.

Texarkana (8-11, 1-1) got on the scoreboard first in the nightcap. Frith legged out an infield hit, and Chambers walked. Holliday loaded the bases with a bunt single, with Pequeno making it 1-0 on a sacrifice fly to right.

The Bulldogs tied the score in their half of the second, but Texarkana answered when Keone McKee reached on an error, and eventually scored on Joe Pearlman’s single.

The three-game series ends Saturday with a nine-inning game that starts at noon.

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