EDINBURG -- Three home runs with the help of a strong southerly wind -- two by Matt Ginn and one by Brian Bustos -- lifted UTB/TSC to an 11-8 win over Prairie View A&M University Sunday in the Al Ogletree Classic at Edinburg Baseball Stadium.
In the second game of the day, The University of Texas-Pan American used a six-run eighth inning to turn a 9-7 Scorpion lead into a 13-9 victory.
The Scorpions are now 8-12 after going 1-3 in the tournament. UTPA won all four games in the tournament and is now 4-0. Prairie View A&M finished 1-3 in the Ogletree Classic and left the Rio Grande Valley with a 1-5 record.
UTB/TSC next plays on the road Wednesday against Concordia University-Texas in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. The twinbill will be played at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, the home of the Round Rock Express, the Class AAA affiliate of the Houston Astros.
On Sunday, the Scorpions played two scheduled nine-inning games for the first time in history. NAIA teams usually play doubleheaders that are seven innings in length or a seven- and a nine-inning games, but the Scorpions were playing two NCAA Division I teams Sunday. NCAA Division I teams traditionally play nine-inning games.
"Today was a good day because we split on the road against two NCAA Division I teams," Scorpion head coach Bryan Aughney said. "Looking back at the whole weekend, we were in four ballgames. We swung the bats well today. Both starters threw excellent, we just ran out of steam in the last game."
Scorpions 11, Prairie View A&M 8
Ginn homered to left field in two of his first three at-bats, driving in five runs. In the first inning with two teammates on base, Ginn hit a bomb over the big left-center field fence to give the Scorpions a 4-0 lead at the time. In the fifth inning, his two-run homer went over the shorter left field fence into the Scorpion bullpen for his third homer of the season.
Bustos hit a laser that went no higher than 10 feet from the ground into the Edinburg Baseball Stadium bullpen in the eighth inning to increase a 9-8 lead to 11-8.
Kevin Chapman went all the way for the Scorpions. He improved his record to 2-2. His pitching line for nine innings was rather unusual -- 16 hits and six earned runs allowed, one strikeout, one walk, and only 111 pitches thrown.
The Scorpions had 14 hits, three by Ginn and two each by Bustos, Peter Maldonado, Matt Warner, Jeff Allen and Miguel Garcia. Ginn also scored three times. Warner drove in two runs and scored twice, and Jorge Camorlinga and Walter Blume also scored twice.
UTB/TSC grabbed a quick 4-0 lead in the first with Ginn's blast highlighting the inning. PV tied the game by the third inning, 4-4. In the fifth and sixth innings, each team scored twice to send the game into the seventh inning tied 8-8.
The Scorpions added a single run in the seventh until Bustos' blast gave the Scorpions a three-run cushion heading into the ninth.
Defensively, UTB/TSC committed five errors and PV four.
UT-Pan American 13, Scorpions 9
A six-run fifth inning gave the Scorpions a 9-4 lead over UTPA. The big blow was a bases-loaded double by Maldonado that drove in three runs. UTB/TSC also executed a bases-loaded suicide squeeze bunt that brought in one runner.
UTPA led by a 4-3 score before the Scorpion uprising. The Broncs scored one in the bottom of the fifth to make it 9-5, and twice in the bottom of the seventh to cut the deficit to 9-7.
UTPA then put together its own six-run rally in the bottom of the eighth to retake the lead, 13-9.
Starting pitcher Chris Raley was relieved by Adam Vera. In six innings, Raley allowed 10 hits, struck out five and walked two. Vera and Daniel Garcia each pitched an inning. Garcia absorbed the loss.
The Scorpions had 10 hits compared to 13 for the Broncs. Maldonado and Gus Henggeler had two hits each. Bustos, Mike Garcia and Walter Blume scored twice.