Kobe Head and Domenic Martinez turned in dominant pitching performances as the Texas Southern University baseball team swept their home-opening doubleheader 13-1 (five innings) and 10-0 (seven innings) over Wiley College in mercy rule fashion.
Head, a 6-foot, 200-pound righty from Atlanta, Ga., threw a complete-game five-inning affair giving up just one unearned run on five hits while striking out six.
Martinez was credited with the win in relief after Cade Fontenot threw just the first inning of Game 2. Martinez hurled the final six innings of the game going for five hits, eight strikeouts, and three walks.
The Tigers quickly built a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Victor Armendariz and Jaden Jones drew back-to-back, two-out walks to drive in a run each.
Justin Blogg then stepped to the plate and sent a hot shot back up the middle that plated a pair of runs for an early 4-0 lead.
Daalen Adderley would record the biggest hit of the second inning with a 2-RBI single with Jones and Blogg later driving in runs in the inning for an 8-0 lead.
A CJ Castillo RBI single in the bottom of the third inning would drive in Jordan Vidato.
Jones and Adderley then put the final nails in the coffin in the bottom of the fourth with home runs. Jones put TSU up 10-1 and Adderley’s three-run variety also drove in Castillo and Vidato.
Adderley finished the game going 4-for-4 with a home run, stolen base, three runs scored, and four RBI. Castillo was the other multi-hit performer going 2-for-2 with three runs scored, an RBI and a three-runs scored.
The Tigers took until the second inning to begin the run-scoring barrage on the nightcap when Vidato’s 2-out single drove in Blogg and Olivo.
Roderick Coffee broke the game open with a double that brought in Chase Cromer and Olivo for a 4-0 lead. Coffee would later score on a bunt single off the bat of Cromer to put Texas Southern up 6-0.
After quiet innings in the fifth and sixth, TSU went on to plate four runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Victor Molina’s 2-home run blast to centerfield scored Michael Goudeau while back-to-back doubles from Jordan Miller and Jones would invoke the mercy rule Miller’s double-scored Martin on the play.
Vidato was the lone Tiger to garner two hits in the outing as 15 Tigers got at least one at-bat.
The Tigers will host Arlington Baptist for a four-game set on Friday and Saturday. First pitch for Friday’s first game will be at 3 p.m. CT while Saturday’s Game 1 first pitch is slated for 1 p.m. CT.
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