Baseball continues hard work on the field

Rams looking for last home win during regular season

By Allison Price
On April 18, 2014

The Rams returned home with three game loss against Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

"Each game there was an opportunity for us to make a big play if they were to swing it one way or the other but unfortunately we didn't make that play," assistant coach John Anderson said.

In their game on Friday night, the Rams scored four runs throughout and the game ended on a run-rule which is the first of the season.

In the first inning the Rams were able to get two runs off of three hits. Tarleton came back strong and took the lead away from the Rams going into the second inning.

In the third inning, senior Reggie Rodriguez hit an RBI single to center field to score senior Christian Summers. These plays added two more runs on the board for ASU.

The Texans continued to make a comeback with getting 14 total runs in the seven innings of play time.

"Normally we are pretty reliant on our pitchers and this weekend they didn't have the best effort," sophomore David Goggin said. "The hitters have been struggling the past two weeks and our hitting was much better this weekend. We just have to get all of our pieces to click at the same time."

Junior Brett David said the team has not been hitting the ball well all season but improvement showed in the games against Tarleton.

In Saturday's game one, the Rams did not score any runs in the seven inning game. Moving on to game two, the Rams fought hard but fell behind Tarleton by one point.

Entering the ninth inning in game two, ASU was down 8-5 but added four more runs.

Freshman JP Zapata ended the inning with a triple to score Goggin. Moving on with an ASU 9-8 lead, the Texans tied the game in the bottom of the ninth.

As for practice, Anderson said the team works on different skills according the team that they will play next. Ending out the regular season home games, the Rams will play West Texas A&M who they lost to in the beginning of the season.

"All four of those [beginning] games were one run games," he said. "More than anything, we need to be focusing more mentally late in the game and changing the outcome with the same effort and lineup."

As for the last home games, Goggin said he is has mixed feelings.

"It is crazy how fast the season goes," Goggin said.

The Rams take the mound Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19.

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