Chaps Baseball Drops Finale at TAMIU
The Chaparral pitching staff allowed season highs in runs and hits in the loss.
LAREDO, Texas (April 19, 2019) - Lubbock Christian suffered its first series loss of the 2019 season on Friday, dropping the finale against Texas A&M-International 15-10.
The Chaparral (30-11, 12-3) pitching staff allowed season highs in runs and hits in the loss, as the Dustdevils (16-25, 7-8) recorded 15 singles and five doubles over their eight offensive innings.
LCU started well enough offensively, as Keaton Greenwalt homere in the first inning, scoring himself and Hill Alexander to give the Chaps a 2-0 lead. The Dustdevils responded, however, as they would continue to do every time LCU scored during the game. TAMIU was able to score multiple runs in six of the eight innings that the sent batters to the plate.
The Dustdevils took the lead for the first time in the bottom half of the third with a pair of runs. Each of the two teams scored five runs in the fourth and fifth innings, leaving TAMIU up by two heading into the sixth. The Chaps were held scoreless in the sixth and seventh, but TAMIU added six runs in the two innings to break the game open and get ahead by as many as seven runs.
A bases-clearing double from Alexander in the eighth inning cut the LCU gap to just five runs, but the Chaps were unable to close it any further in the loss.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
15 | The 15 runs allowed by LCU were the most they allowed this season and the most given up in a single game since 5/11/2018, when St. Edward's scored 21
.424 | With three hits in three at-bats (and one walk) TAMIU's Jorge Napoles raised his league-leading batting average to .424
9 | LCU saw it's ninth single player multi-homer game of the season when Will Clark hit two in the series finale. Andrew Pratt (3), Hill Alexander (2), Keaton Greenwalt, Chase Whetsel and James Hardberger have also all recorded multi-homer games this year
22 | Andrew Pratt recorded three hits in the game, pushing his reached-base streak to 22 games
100 | Four LCU players have now collected at least 100 total bases for the season, including Hill Alexander (123), Braden Hayward (111), Keaton Greenwalt (105) and Andrew Pratt (103)