No. 8 Angelo State tops Tarleton State
Parsons collects three RBIs to lead the Rams to victory
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- James Conlee and Craig Blair didn't walk a single batter and No. 8 Angelo State offense pounded out 14 hits as the Rams took a 13-7 Lone Star Conference win against Tarleton State.
Angelo State (29-13, 13-7 LSC) has still not lost a series this season and improved to 6-0 on Sundays and to 8-0 in the final game of series of more than two games. The Rams remain tied with West Texas A&M atop the conference standing the same way they entered this weekend after the Buffs split their home series against Texas A&M-Kingsville. Tarleton State (17-18, 9-11 LSC) is tied for seventh in the conference.
“This may have been the biggest game of the year thus far,” ASU senior Zach Cohen said. “After falling behind in the series we had to battle back and couldn't drop this one. It's a series that we all felt we shouldn't have had to win this game to finish with a split, but it's good that when we were in this position that we did come out and took care of business.”
Cohen led off the game by being hit for the eighth time this season and would score the first run after Doug Snover hit into a double play. The Rams would add five runs in the second inning on five hits , including a two-run single by Brett Parsons and Lee Neumann single. Parsons finished the game with three runs batted in and with nine RBI for the four-game series. Neumann led the Rams with three hits in the game and finished the series with 12 hits and 10 runs.
“I was just trying to go back to the little things and concentrate on squaring balls up,” Neumann said. “I think when I do struggle at the plate that it's because I'm trying to just hit balls hard. When I square it up I'm a pretty good hitter. My confidence at the plate is through the roof right now.”
Conlee (4-1) earned the win for the Rams after managing through 12 hits in an 85-pitch, 7.0 inning performance. The junior right-hander allowed six earned runs, but did not walk a single batter after ASU had struggled with control in the first three games of the series. Blair, who made his 11th appearance of the season, didn't allow a hit or a runner in two innings to close down the game and series.
“He threw the ball over the plate for strikes,” said Brooks of Conlee. “It's as simple as that. If you throw strikes and they have to hit you to beat you, then you're chances are pretty good.”
Kyle Supak (0-3) claims the loss for the Texans after going only 1.1 innings against the Rams. The junior right-hander from LaGrange gave up six runs and walked three before exiting for the day. Blake Silguero led the Texans with four hits and four RBI, while Ryan Small had three hits to add to the team total of 12. Both teams committed one error in the game.