Texas A&M University-Texarkana pitchers hurled 22 consecutive scoreless innings after Thursday’s season opening loss to Lindenwood University (Ill.) at George Dobson Field.
After splitting Thursday’s twinbill, the Eagles swept the Lynx in Friday’s doubleheader, 5-0 and 2-1 in eight innings.
Junior Sam Wells of Sebastopol, Calif., went the distance, scattering five hits, while walking two and striking out two in the opener. Six-foot-7 Noah Vaughn of Aubrey, Texas, won the nightcap in relief.
“Sam pitched a lot like their first guy did Thursday,” Eagles mentor Steve Jones said. “We played good defense behind him, and that was the key to winning the opener. Scoring two runs in the first inning opened up our offense a bit. We didn’t have to play from behind, and therefore we were able to do some things we like to do.
“Jake McDonald has been nursing a hamstring injury, we’ve got to keep him healthy. He’s a good player, we need him in our lineup all the time.”
McDonald contributes three doubles, 4 RBI
The Eagles had a season-high seven hits in the first game Thursday, with McDonald, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, driving home three runs with two doubles.
McDonald doubled home another run in the second game, which gave Texarkana a 1-0 lead going to the seventh inning. Jones went to his bullpen in the seventh, but four walks later the score was deadlocked, 1-1.
Fortunately for the Eagles, Lindenwood returned the favor in the bottom of the eighth with four free passes. Marquise Glenn got the fourth free pass on a 3-2 offering that scored pinch-runner Brayden Cook.
The Eagles will be back in action at home next Friday and Saturday with doubleheaders against Friends University.