Conexión San Ángelo/ Staff report

SAN ANGELO - The Angelo State baseball team opened the series against Texas Permian Basin with a 13-0 win in seven innings Friday night at Foster Field at 1st Community Credit Union Stadium.

The Rams (14-5) worked 11 walks in the game, which was tied for the fourth most ever in a single game. They also were hit by three pitches for 14 free bases.

"I thought we came out and had a good intensity today," Angelo State Head Baseball Coach Kevin Brooks said. "Tyler and Josh threw well and we played well defensively. We just have to build on this and keep getting better from here."

ASU did not get a run in the first inning even though Michael Urquidi hit a leadoff single and stole second base with no outs.

In the second inning, however, the Rams broke the game open with six runs. Andrew Morales led off the inning with a single up the middle and the Rams quickly loaded the bases with back-to-back one out walks from Jonathan Soberanes and Alex Salcido.

Three straight free passes from UTPB pitchers pushed all three runners in to score, but the Rams were still not done. Another run came in by way of a UTPB balk, and Mitch Henshaw drove in two more with a single to right field before the Falcons were finally able to stop the bleeding.

Angelo State starting pitcher Tyler Lesley helped the Rams hold onto the lead with a shutdown inning in the bottom of the second, and pitched five scoreless innings on the night. The San Antonio native struck out five on the night and allowed just four hits.

The Rams added another four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Jacob Boston and Soberanes walked to start the inning but were not on the bases for long as Salcido doubled off the wall for a pair of RBI.

Another two ASU batters followed with walks, and two more runs came into score on a single from Nicholas Novak, pushing the lead to 10-0 at the end of the third inning.

The final three Rams runs came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Nick Barron walked to start the inning after coming in as a defensive substitution in the fifth inning. Barron then came in to score his first run of the season as Boston blasted a home run to straightaway center field.

Two more ASU hitters reached base via the hit-by-pitch, and another defensive substitute, Parker Bramlett, drove in a run.

Josh Barnett had come in to relieve Lesley in the top of the sixth inning, striking out a pair of batters, and finished the game in the seventh. He added another strikeout in the seventh, and the Rams won the game 13-0 in seven innings.

ASU will face UTPB three more times this weekend, playing a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 4 p.m. and finishing the series with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday.

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