ACU's offense was in high gear once again Sunday as the Wildcats ripped off 14 hits and scored 12 runs as they routed Lone Star Conference foe Incarnate Word, 12-5, in the Astros in Action D-II Invitational at Minute Maid Park.
The Wildcats scored six runs in the first inning, four more in the third after the Cardinals had cut the lead to 6-4 and added two more runs in the fourth inning.
The win pushes ACU to 2-1 on the season, while the Cardinals fall to 2-1. ACU will finish its run in Houston on Monday at 1 p.m. when it takes on Texas A&M-Kingsville in a non-conference game against another LSC opponent.
ACU junior third baseman Kyle Giusti had two more RBI in the win over the Cardinals to give him seven in the first three games of the season. The top three hitters in the Wildcat lineup -- Seth Spivey, Ty Taylor and Giusti -- have already proven themselves to be formidable outs. They went a combined 5 for 13 with four runs scored and four RBI.
Senior catcher Rodge Macy -- who had a two-run double in the first inning -- finished with that hit and two RBI.
The Wildcats, though, received solid production up and down the lineup as freshman Cameron Bonifant had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI in a starting role, and No. 9 hitter Travis Schuetze was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
The Wildcats immediately got after starting pitcher Alex Shaffer as Spivey, Taylor and Giusti all reached base to lead off the game. Macy then doubled to left-centerfield on an 0-2 pitch to make it 2-0.
Tyler Eager then singled in a run to make it 3-0 before Chuck Duarte ground out to second base to drive in Macy to make it a 4-0 contest. Bonifant then doubled down the right field line to make it 5-0 before Keith Yorkman doubled in Bonifant to conclude the first-inning scoring.
Incarnate Word chipped away at ACU starting pitcher Carter Hahn with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and two more in the bottom of the second to make it a 6-4 game before ACU put it away with four runs in the third and two more in the fourth.
Taylor and Schuetze each had RBI singles in the third before Giusti doubled to left field to drive in a pair of runs.
In the fourth, Schuetze doubled in a run and Spivey singled up the middle to drive in Schuetze with ACU's final run of the day.
Hahn threw 122 pitches (72 for strikes), but could only make it through 4 2/3 innings before exiting in favor of senior Aaron Lambrix.
Lambrix went the final 4 1/3 innings, limiting the Cardinals to just three hits and no walks or runs while striking out five as he picked up his first win of the season.
Information provided by ACU athletics department.