GEORGETOWN - The Southwestern University baseball team picked up a pair on non-conference games, dropping a pair of 7-inning contests to the Texas-Dallas Comets by the score of 13-9 and 12-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Rockwell Field.
The Comets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, but RBI singles from freshman Seth Sparks and junior Cole Kelly made it a 3-2 game after one inning. The Pirates evened it in the third on a RBI double from sophomore Byron Dowdell II before Texas-Dallas took the lead back in the fourth at 4-3.
Southwestern exploded for five runs in the fourth including a two RBI single from Dowdell and a two-run homer from junior Colby Schmidt. Sparks also added a sac fly in the inning as Southwestern took an 8-4 lead.
Texas-Dallas scored four in the fifth to even the game at eight, but a RBI single from Sparks put Southwestern back ahead 9-8. The Pirates took that lead into the final inning of play, but the Comets struck for five runs and held off any Pirate threats in the bottom half to steal the 13-9 win.
Sparks and Dowdell were each 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs, and a run scored while Kelly was 2-for-2 with a RBI and two walks. Schmidt was 1-for-3 with the two run home run while sophomore Daniel Montgomery Jr. was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two walks.
Four pitchers took the mound for Southwestern with none able to slow down the Comet bats. Senior Riley Wayland (L, 0-1) was saddled with a blown save and took the loss.
After falling behind 5-1 in game two, Southwestern battled back with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to cut it to a one run game. However, Texas-Dallas put a seven on the board in the sixth to pull away and earn the two game sweep, 12-4.
Sparks and Kelly finished 1-for-3 with a RBI and run scored while Schmidt was 1-for-1 with a RBI. Montgomery was 0-for-4, but earned a RBI on a walk. Five different pitchers took the mound in game two, but the struggled continued. Freshman Aaron Clark (L, 2-1) earned the start and took the loss.
Southwestern moves to 12-16 overall and have lost six in a row. They will look to snap that skid in a huge series that could potentially decide the No. 4 seed as they head to Sherman to take on the Austin College 'Roos. The Pirates, who come in with a 5-7 SCAC record, will need a series win over the 4-5 'Roos to have the advantage to play in the SCAC Tournament.