ABILENE, Texas – Abilene Christian and second-ranked Delta State combined for 28 hits on Wednesday at Crutcher Scott Field as the Wildcats prevailed 10-4 to salvage a split of their two-game series.
Kyle Giusti led the Wildcat offense going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, including a bases-clearing triple as part of ACU’s seven-run sixth. Seth Spivey (2-for-4) and Travis Schuetze (2-for-4) also recorded multi-hit games as the Wildcats improved to 12-9 on the season.
The loss, meanwhile, dropped Delta State to 17-4.
ACU got its offense rolling in the third behind Schuetze’s two-out single that chased starter Drew Milligan from the game. The next Delta State pitcher, Casey Greene, intentionally walked Rodge Macy, followed by run-scoring hits by Kyle Conwell, Rikky Salazar and Giusti to build a 3-0 lead for ACU.
The score remained that way until the sixth when the Statesmen plated a two-out unearned run versus Ty Taylor.
ACU, however, put the game out of reach in the bottom of that inning after sending 11 men to the plate against three Delta State relievers. Tyler Eager delivered the first big hit — a two-run single that plated Chuck Durate and Luke Mejia. Schuetze followed with an RBI single through the left side that made it 7-1. Schuetze was on base along with Macy and Salazar when Giusti’s triple rolled all the way to the wall in right center.
Delta State put three runs on the board between the seventh and eighth against relievers Carter Hahn and Brady Rodrgiuez.
Hahn gave up three consecutive singles to start the seventh before striking out Ben Kingsley. However, Michael Vinson, ripped an RBI single to right that scored two runs after Schuetze booted the ball toward the gap.
Rodriguez surrendered a leadoff double to begin the eighth off of Ben Pickard and watched him score on pinch-hitter Jonathan Andrews’ single up the middle. Rodriguez allowed one more hit before retiring five of the last six batters he faced, including three strikeouts.
Taylor finished the game with five stikeouts and Hahn had two.
Delta State left 12 runners on base despite recording 15 hits, nine of which were in scoring position when the inning ended.