Odessa -- UT Permian Basin offense exploded in a big way in a 22-5 rout over Eastern New Mexico. The 22 runs are the fifth most in a game in program history and the first time the team has reached 20 runs since 2011. Tylor Frailey was monstrous at the plate going 4-5 with four runs and three RBI. Jonathan Bermudez homered while going 3-3 with two walks, five RBI and scored three times.
"I thought we did a really good job of taking what Eastern gave us. Didn't try to do too much and get out of our plan. There's still some things we can improve on. Huge bright spot is zero errors and every position player played today," said Head Coach Brian Reinke.
The Falcons (10-16, 1-4) got off to a hot start with Frailey driving in Pemron Burrows with a double as the second batter of the game. The red hot Skyler Palermo followed with a single to score Frailey and take the early 2-0 lead. A wild pitch moved Palermo to second where a single by Bermudez brought him in. Bierlein followed with a single that allowed Bermudez to score after the ball was misplayed in the outfield and the Falcons led 4-0 after an inning. Andrew Donovan started off the second inning with a booming triple off the left field wall. Burrows followed with a walk and stole second, the throw into center field allowed Donovan to score easily from third. Frailey walked and Palermo would get hit by a pitch to load the bases. Melendez would follow with a walk of his own to make it 6-0. Frailey crossed home on a fielder's choice to make it 7-0. After reloading the bases, the Falcons scored again on a hit batter and a wild pitch to go up 9-0 after two innings.
The Greyhounds (12-13, 0-1) would make things interesting in the third. A base hit and three straight walks got them on the board. A sacrifice fly brought in another run to make it 9-2. Later in the inning a single brought in a pair and the score was 9-4. The Falcons escaped further harm and completely took over in their half of the third. Frailey and Palermo singled to put two on with one out. Melendez would get plunked to load the bases. Koopman singled in a run and Bermudez followed with a bases loaded walk making it 11-4. Three more walks and a balk brought in four runs before Frailey singled to left to plate two more for an eight-run inning and a 17-4 lead after just three innings.
The scoring continued in the fourth on a two-run home run by Bermudez. In the fifth two would score on an error and Bermudez would drive in another on a tomahawked single to left center to make it 22-5 after the Greyhounds scored in the fifth.
The 17 run differential is the third largest in school history and 22 runs scored the fifth most in school history. In their last two home games the Falcons have outscored their opponents 38-8, the other a 16-3 rout over Tarleton State.
Joining Frailey and Bermudez in the multi-hit group were Palermo and Koopman who each had a pair of singles. Koopman had two RBI and was joined by Bierlein with a pair of RBI. All nine starters came around to score and 11 Falcons scored in total. Matt Williams started and struck out four in three innings. Cale Thornton allowed a run in two innings to pick up the win. Quinton Rockwell and Jake Albert finished the game each tossing a scoreless inning in relief.
These teams resume play tomorrow at 1 p.m. with double header action.