Southeastern spotted Texas A&M-International an early three-run lead, which proved to be too much to overcome in a 7-2 non-conference baseball defeat Wednesday afternoon at The Ballpark in Durant.
The Dust Devils jumped out quickly with a first inning homer from Jeremy Valadez just three batters into the contest and then tacked on two more in the second thanks to two walks, a hit batsman and two singles against Southeastern starter Cody Nitson, who was roughed up for three runs on three hits and two walks in just an inning and one-third.
Coach Mike Metheny’s Savage Storm fought back with a run in the bottom of frame number two as well on Jake Perez’s solo home run over the rightfield wall, his second of the season.
Reliever Jake Patterson then stabilized things for Southeastern with three scoreless stanzas of relief as he yielded three hits and struck out a pair, allowing the Savage Storm to claw back to within 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth.
Gage Ross walked and moved around to third on a pair of wild pitches before scoring on a RBI groundout off the bat of Hunter Harrison.
That’s how it stayed until the seventh when International exploded for four runs on four hits while also capitalizing on a Southeastern miscue. Relievers Michael Brinska and Brandon Wolski were tagged for two runs on two hits each before Cory Scheibner came out of the bullpen to finish with two scoreless innings.
The Savage Storm however couldn’t string together much of a rally offensively over their final three at bats, only coming up with a Ross double in the seventh and Luke Thomas two-bagger in the ninth. Both were left stranded in scoring position.
Southeastern finished the game with seven hits as Perez, Harrison, Ross, Thomas, Brett Akins, Jett Swigart and Mike Wade chipped in one apiece.
A&M-International totaled 13 hits in the contest.
The Savage Storm continues their longest homestand of the season on Friday when they return to Great American Conference action against Southwestern with the first pitch slated for 2 p.m.
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