ODESSA - UT Permian Basin used three long balls to defeat Tarleton State 7-4 in Friday’s series opener.
After a quiet first inning, it was the Texans (8-15) who got on the board first. Three hits drove in a pair of runs before another scored on a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 Texan lead. The Falcons (8-10) would load the bases in their half of the inning but couldn’t push a run across. The score would remain that way until the bottom of the fourth. Jonathan Bermudez started off the inning being hit by a pitch. Skyler Palermo followed with a two-run home run to left and got the Falcons right back in it.
Palermo would be a part of another run in the sixth when he got on with a double down the left field line. Then with two outs in the inning, Tyler Vlasek pushed him across with an RBI-single to tie the game. The tie would not last long as the Texans would get the first two batters on and then score on a sacrifice fly to go back up 4-3.
In the bottom half of the inning Pemron Burrows would be hit by a pitch and then stole second as the tying run. Peyton Koopman had an at bat for the ages, fouling off five straight pitches. Then on the 10th pitch of the at bat, Koopman blasted the ball to left center field for a two-run home run putting the Falcons up 5-4.
The Falcons would add a pair of insurance runs in the eighth when Palermo got things started once again with a single. Vlasek would drive him in again with a two-run home run, the third of the day for the Falcons and giving reliever Jake Rhode a 7-4 lead. The Texans would bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth but that’s all they could do as Rhode struck out the final batter for the 7-4 win.
Palermo had the big day at the plate for the Falcons going 3-4 with two RBI, three runs scored, a double and a home run. Vlasek also had a pair of hits including the home run and three RBI on the afternoon. Tony Oslovar also doubled for the Falcons.
Rhode picked up the win finishing the game with 2.1 scoreless innings, it is his second of the season. Matt Williams got the start and struck out six in four innings. Nick Bartley threw a pair of innings allowing just one walk.
These teams will resume their weekend series tomorrow with a double header with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.