Baseball squad opens series against Tyler JC with a win; T-Ducks lose series, 2-1.
Not intimidated by their No. 1 NJCAA Division III ranking, the Richland College baseball team took care of business at home on Saturday in its opening contest of a three-game series against Tyler Junior College, winning 12-5.
The T-Ducks jumped out to a five-run lead in the second inning and never looked back. Richlandâ€™s Robert Barbosa and Travis Latz each blasted a home run and the T-Ducks totaled 10 hits.
Richlandâ€™s Phillip Clinard pitched into the seventh inning and struck out nine batters to pick up the win.
Game 2 wasnâ€™t so kind for the T-Ducks, who lost 10-2, finishing the game with eight hits â€“ three coming from Josh Christenson.
In the rubber game, the T-Ducks trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the second inning. But thatâ€™s when Richland scored two runs before adding another run in the third inning to take a 3-1.
Tyler JC scored one run in the top of the fourth inning to cut Richlandâ€™s lead to 3-2 but the T-Ducks responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the frame for a 4-2 cushion.
Sean Ablett led off the inning with a double that was followed by a Jon Masch single (a bunt) before Jeff Sakowski hit a looping RBI single just over the reach of Tylerâ€™s second baseman.
However, the T-Ducks, who totaled five hits in the game, didnâ€™t score any more runs as Tyler JC scored three runs in the sixth and four runs in the eighth inning en route to an 11-5 win.
According to its schedule, Richland will next hit the road for a few games and wonâ€™t play another home game until its three-game series against Brookhaven begins at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 20.