Texas A&M University-Texarkana controls its own destiny after sweeping a doubleheader Saturday at George Dobson Field from the University of Houston-Victoria.
The Eagles lost a 3-0 lead in the opener when Victoria rallied for three runs off Texarkana starter Cole Connally. TAMU-T answered in the bottom of the seventh after Keone McKee walk. Joe Pearlman followed with a single, and Cole Chambers hammered a walk-off single to give the Eagles a 4-3 win.
There was little drama in the nightcap as Texarkana routed the Jaguars, 11-1. The Eagles improve to 26-24 on the year and 13-11 in the Red River Conference. Depending on another Saturday game, Texarkana may have clinched a spot in the RRAC tournament.
“I haven’t done the math yet in regard to getting in the tournament,” said TAMU-T coach Steve Jones. “The last time I looked we still had Texas College and Southwest right there. We just need to win next week’s series.
“Southwest (N.M.) is a tough place to play. We’ve only had to play there once, and we didn’t play well at all. We’ve just got to go over there and grind it out. Today we competed so much better offensively than Friday. Connally didn’t have his best stuff in the first game, but he was able to get people out.”
Southpaw Michael Herrera got the final out, and the win after Chambers’ heroics. Pearlman was the Eagles leading hitter with three singles. McKee drove in two runs with two singles in addition to scoring the winning run. Tye Holliday contributed a double and single.
Depasquale delivers walk-off single
Texarkana banged out 13 hits in the scheduled nine-inning second game, which ended in the seventh via the 10-run rule. Parker Depasquale hit a walk-off single with two outs. He also had a triple in the game.
Chambers came into the twinbill hitting over .400 on the season, and raised his average by going 3-for-3 in the nightcap. Pearlman had two doubles, scoring two runs and driving in another. Holliday plated two runs with two hits, and McKee drove in three runs. Bryce Beck had a run-scoring triple.
Jared Davis started on the mound for the Eagles, going six innings for the win. He scattered five hits, walked one and struck out four. Sam Wells finished up in the seventh with one strikeout.