Julian Moya pitched a three-hit gem, striking out 12, to lead UTB/TSC to an Opening Day 12-2 victory over Wayland Baptist University in the first game of a doubleheader Friday at Scorpion Field.
The Pioneers won the second game, 12-1. The Scorpions, who were 24-32 last year, were swept in four games by the Pioneers to start the 2008 season.
UTB/TSC and WBU play another doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday at Scorpion Field.
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The opening game victory also marked a victorious triumph for new first-year head coach Bryan Aughney.
"Julian threw outstanding, he came out there and did what a number one is supposed to do," Aughney said. "It was huge to open up the new year like that. That's a tribute to the team, they were in the zone."
Scorpions 12, Pioneers 2 (first game)
The largest crowd to see a Scorpion game in years -- 339 people -- witnessed a Scorpion explosion of runs and Moya's 80-pitch beauty.
"[The first game] was very exciting," Aughney said. "But I wasn't the one throwing the strikes and making the plays. That's a tribute to the guys."
Wayland Baptist took a 1-0 lead on a solo homer by Josh Lucas to lead off the third inning before the Scorpions exploded. UTB/TSC scored twice in the third inning, five times in the fourth, three in the fifth, and two in the sixth.
The Scorpions had 12 hits off three WBU pitchers. Moya went the six innings for the victory, striking out 12 and walking only one. He allowed only three hits and both runs he allowed were earned.
Jorge Camorlinga at bat
Five Scorpions had two hits each -- Jorge Camorlinga, Ryan Macdonald, Tyler O'Neal, Matt Warner and Gilberto Puente.
Macdonald had four RBI and O'Neal three. Camorlinga scored three runs while Scott Price, Matt Warner and pinch-runner Walter Blume scored twice.
Pioneers 12, Scorpions 1 (Second Game)
Wayland Baptist took advantage of seven Scorpion errors in the second game, after an error-free first game.
"It just shows we lost focus," Aughney said about the errors. "For the defense that's not a fun lesson to learn but a good lesson, especially running into someone that's hard to hit."
WBU's Christopher McNeil allowed only two Scorpion hits in the second game, striking out six and walking two.
The Pioneers scored two runs in the second and third innings and erupted for eight more runs in the fourth.
UTB/TSC scored its only run in the second inning when Juan Munoz singled and eventually scored on a Pioneer error. Macdonald had the only other hit for the Scorpions.