MARSHALL, Texas The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball team could not create enough offense to overcome East Texas Baptist’s high-powered attack as the Cru dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Tigers Friday in Marshall. ETBU won game one 2-0 before taking game two by a 14-0 score.
Caimyn Holiday was outstanding in his collegiate pitching debut, but the Cru could not generate enough offense to make it stand up in a 2-0 game one loss. Seth Mikeska led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a home run to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Casey Combs then added an insurance run when he stole home on a double steal in the bottom of the sixth. UMHB left two runners on base in the top of each of those innings and had a runner thrown out at third base to end the game in the top of the seventh. Holiday scattered six hits, struck out four and walked just one in the first pitching appearance of his career for the Cru. He also had one of UMHB’s five hits in the game. Combs had three of ETBU’s six hits and Alan Underwood tossed a complete-game, five-hitter to improve to 5-0 on the season for the Tigers.
A huge fifth inning was too much for UMHB to answer in a 14-0 loss in game two. Combs hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to give the Tigers a quick lead and he added an RBI single in the second to make it 3-0. Then ETBU exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the fifth to stretch the lead to 12-0. The Tigers added a pair of runs in the sixth inning and UMHB only put one runner in scoring position after that inning. The Cru managed just three hits in the contest and Ross Baer took the loss to fall to 1-5 on the year. Derrick Findley earned the win for ETBU to improve to 7-2 and Combs led the Tigers offense with three hits and four RBI.
UMHB is now 9-23 overall and 4-11 in American Southwest Conference play on the season. ETBU improved to 26-10 overall and 15-5 in the ASC with the two wins. The two teams will close out the series with a noon single game on Saturday. UMHB will then play a road game at Texas Lutheran on Tuesday. The Cru closes out the regular season with a three-game home series against Concordia Texas next Thursday and Friday.