11 home runs, 43 combined runs, and a cycle highlight a wild night of college baseball at Abilene Christian
If you were looking for a pitching duel Friday night in Abilene, Texas, you were in the wrong place. With 30 mile-per-hour winds blowing the ball around the ballpark, Abilene Christian and Houston Baptist combined to score 43 runs in one of the more memorable games of the season. The ACU Wildcats put up 20 runs, but despite a seven-run comeback attempt in the ninth, the Huskies held on to preserve the 23-20 win.
Here are some of the mind-boggling numbers from last night's box score.
4 -- RBI for Koby Claborn. The pinch-hitter had one at-bat. It came in the bottom of the ninth and was a grand slam.
6 -- The most RBI by a player on the night. Two HBU players actually achieved the feat, as Spencer Halloran and Matt Heck each drove in six runs.
10 -- Amount of runs each starting pitcher surrendered before getting pulled. Abilene Christian starter Brock Barger allowed 10 runs (only eight earned) in five innings while Zach Carter of HBU allowed 10 runs (all earned) in 6.2 innings. Carter was also credited with the win, despite allowing 16 hits and those 10 runs.
11 -- Home runs the two teams combined for Friday night. Halloran led all sluggers with two bombs.
13 -- Combined doubles in the game. Halloran also had two of those on his big night.
51 -- Base hits ACU and HBU combined for in the game. Houston Baptist scored 23 runs on 26 hits, while Abilene Christian scored 20 runs on 25 hits.
1999 -- The last cycle hit by an Abilene Christian player until Friday night. Centerfielder Matt Munoz had a big day, going 5-for-6 with four runs and four RBI, even stealing a base on the evening. His eighth-inning homer sealed the deal to give him the second cycle in ACU history.
The two teams are back at it Saturday afternoon in Abilene. Here's hoping for an exciting encore at Crutcher Scott Field.