Bulldogs settle for split in Gainesville
GAINESVILLE, Texas—Texarkana College started the season off on the right note Saturday by rallying for a come-from-behind extra-inning victory, but North Central College didn’t make the same mistakes in the nightcap as the host Lions salvaged a split with the bulldogs.
David Allday ripped a leadoff home run in the top of the eighth inning of the opener, and winning pitcher Cory Hill shut the door in the bottom of the frame to seal a 4-3 win for TC (1-1).
David Phillips also smacked a solo homer for the Bulldogs, and Justin Coats was 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles.
North Central erupted for six runs in the second inning of Game 2 and held off Texarkana’s late heroics.
Dean Malthouse was 2 for 2 with a solo home run for the Bulldogs, Coats chipped in a pair of hits and RBI and Lance Marvel was 2 for 3 with a double.
Kaleb Herren hit a homer for the Lions, and Matt Nilo picked up the win.
Josh Gill took the loss for TC.
Texarkana 000 100 21 — 4 6 0
North Central 021 000 00 — 3 7 0
Jason Chowning, Zach Fowler (6), Cory Hill (7) and Dean Malthouse, Lance Marvel (7). Brent Lewis, Jefferson (5), Kaleb Herren (6) and Garrett Campfield. WP-Hill (1-0). LP-Herren (0-1). HR: TC-David Phillips, 4th, none on; David Allday, 8th, none on.
Texarkana 000 104 0 — 5 8 1
North Central 260 001 x — 9 7 1
Josh Gill, Zach Gryder (2), Justin Fowler (3), Cody Wilson (7) and Malthouse. Don Williams, Matt Nilo (3), Jefferson (6) and Chad Keefer. WP-Nilo (1-0). LP-Gill (0-1). HR: TC-Malthouse, 6th, none on; NC-Herren, 5th, none on.