The Wildcats scored 13 runs on 14 hits
TATUM, Texas – The Wiley College baseball team will enter the offseason on a high note after run-ruling Huston-Tillotson University 13-3 in the Red River Athletic Conference finale Saturday at Tatum Eagle Park.
Darian Fleming (SO/Beaumont, Texas) hit a ball to the left field fence for a bases-clearing double – which gave the Wildcats a 3-2 lead with two outs in the first. Wiley College never gave up the lead. It racked up 14 hits and pulled away with nine runs in the final two innings.
Justice Brown (SO/Sugarland, Texas) and Eloy Reyna III (SO/Houston, Texas) recorded hits to start the seventh. A passed ball moved Brown to third. Fleming recorded his fourth RBI with a sacrifice fly to score Brown. For the game, Fleming went 2 for 4 with five RBIs. He hit a RBI single in the eighth inning.
"At the end of the season, he started swinging the bat well," Biggs said. "We are expecting big things from here next year."
The Wildcats (9-39, 4-22 in RRAC) scored six runs in the eighth inning with four coming without swinging the bats. Three were scored on bases loaded walks and Dorian Lewis (JR/Beaumont, Texas) clinched the 10-run mercy rule by scoring on a wild pitch. Ruben Hancock (FR/Sugarland, Texas) led off the inning with his fifth home run of the season that was just fair over the left field fence.
The defense also played a key role in the win – turning two double plays. In the first inning, the Wildcats gave up two runs and the Rams had runners on first and second with one out. Devaun Anderson hit a grounder to Luis Santiago (FR/Salinas, Puerto, Rico) who turned a 6-4-3 double play. In the third, Huston-Tillotson had the bases loaded with one out. Anderson grounded to Hancock who started a 4-6-3 double play.
Zachary Pearson (SR/Many, Louisiana) made his final start on the mound in his Wildcat career. He went 4 2/3 innings holding the Rams to three runs (two earned) on five hits, walked six and struck out three. John Jones (SR/DeSoto, Texas) pitched the final 3 1/3 innings and didn't allow a hit to pick up a win in his final career outing.
"It was a blessing," Jones said about his Wiley College career. "I appreciate coach Biggs, coach Corben Green, Coach Tony Garcia and my old coach Ryan Goodwin for letting me stick around for four years. I give all honor and glory to God."
"I'm proud of them with this being their last game," Biggs said. "It was good to see them go out the way they did. I wish those guys nothing but the best."
This is the second straight season that the Wildcats have ended with a victory. Last season they defeated Louisiana State University-Alexandria – which was receiving votes. Biggs hope this victory will motivate his returning players next season.
"We got to work hard in the summer," Biggs said. "We can't come back where we are right now. We got to come back ahead of where we are right now."