ABILENE - UT Permian Basin got off to a quick start Tuesday night against Division I Abilene Christian, but it wasn't enough as they fell 13-6.
Things started hot for the Falcons (12-20) with Skyler Palermo and Gabriel Melendez recording back to back two-out singles. With a 1-2 count, Peyton Koopman blasted one to deep left for a three-run home run. Things unraveled in the second as the Wildcats (17-15) scored nine runs to take the lead. They would add two more in the fourth.
"I thought we did a great job at the plate tonight," said Head Coach Brian Reinke. "We outhit them nine to five and had tremendous at bats all throughout the lineup.We had at least five or six line outs that could've been hits."
The Falcons would do some damage against the Wildcat bullpen in the sixth. Koopman singled followed by a walk by Jonathan Bermudez to start the inning. Dalton Castillo singled to load the bases before CJ Flores walked to bring in a run. Andrew Donovan singled to right for an RBI and Pemron Burrows brought in another with a fielder's choice cutting the deficit to 11-6. The Wildcats answered with two more in the bottom half of the inning.
"We just didn't pitch well most of tonight. Way too many free bases by walks of hit by pitch. We have to do a better job this weekend on the mound," coach Reinke added.
The Falcons would threaten again in the ninth after back to back singles by Burrows and Tylor Frailey but couldn't push a run across for the 13-6 final.
Koopman finished the night with a pair of hits, three RBI and two runs scored including his second home run of the season. Burrows added a pair of hits as well along with an RBI. Daniel Juarez finished the game out of the bullpen tossing two perfect innings and struck out a pair.
The Falcons return home to Lone Star Conference play Friday as they take on Texas A&M – Kingsville in a four-game weekend series.