Wildcat Pitchers Herrera and Hahn Combine For 16 Ks in 10-2 Win at McMurry
Starter and reliever came within two strikeouts of tying an Abilene Christian single-game record as they punched out 16 War Hawks during a 10-2 win over McMurry Sunday at Walt Driggers Field.
The record of 18 strikeouts was recorded by the 1993 team vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville.
ACU improved to 5-4 this season and 7-0 all-time vs. its crosstown rivals with the win, while McMurry dropped to 5-6.
Herrera (3-0) - who finished with seven Ks - dealt 5.0 innings and retired the first nine batters he faced before running into a bit of trouble in the fourth. The senior hit leadoff batter Eric Moritz to begin the frame and two batters later surrendered a two-run shot to left by Jeremy Ruiz. Dylan DeLeon followed with a double, but was left stranded after Herrera ended the threat with a strikeout of Eric Pruess.
Herrera stranded two more War Hawks in the fifth following a hit and a walk, which was his only one of the game.
Hahn whiffed nine batters after coming aboard to start the sixth inning and allowed just two hits in earning his first save of the season. Hahn was also a model of efficiency in averaging just over 10 pitches per inning.
On offense, the Wildcats clubbed nine hits - three for extra bases - and were helped along by nine walks and five McMurry errors. , and all finished with two hits, while leadoff man scored three runs.
ACU scored in all but three innings and put the game away with a three-run sixth that extended its lead to 7-2. and Duarte both came home that inning on a throwing error by Trevor Daggon, who was trying to nail the lead runner at the plate following a bunt back to the mound. Spivey scored again on the next play - a bunt by up the first-base line.
The Wildcats added three more insurance runs between the seventh and eighth innings. Duarte drove in Schuetze on a RBI single to make it 8-2 in the seventh. A walk and an error by the McMurry second baseman led to ACU's final two runs in the eighth.
ACU returns home to Crutcher Scott Field this weekend, Friday to Sunday, for a four-game series vs. New Mexico Highlands.
Information provided by ACU athletics department.