February 1, 2013 - The #40 Emporia State baseball team were out hit 18-8 and committed three errors in a 14-3 season opening loss to Incarnate Word at the Astros in Action D-II Invitational at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
Playing in a Major League Baseball stadium to open the season, Emporia State fell in a hole early as they gave up four runs in the top of the first. Blake Sturgeon and Eric Dawson led off the Hornet half of the first with back to back singles. Aaron Rhea singled in Sturgeon and Ashton McCoy doubled to score Dawson and cut the Cardinals lead in half.
The teams were scoreless in the second and third, but UIW chased Emporia State starter Shawn Talkington with four runs in the top of the fourth. The Cardinals added a pair of runs off relievers Kevin Shaffer and Matt Hinkley in the fifth and sixth to go up 12-2.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth Jordan Slade tripled and then scored on pinch hitter David Richards ground out. Incarnate Word added two more runs in the top of the eighth to take a 14-3 lead. Needing at least two runs to keep the game alive, McCoy singled and Slade was hit by pitch to open the bottom of the eighth, but were left stranded as the run rule was invoked at the end of the inning.
Shawn Talkington took the loss for the Hornets, giving up eight runs on ten hits in 3.0 innings with four strikeouts and two walks. McCoy was three for four with an RBI while Slade went two for two with a walk and a run scored for the Hornet offense.
Emporia State is back in action on Saturday morning when the take on Texas A&M-Kingsville. The Javelinas defeated Central Missouri 4-1 in the opener for both teams earlier Friday. First pitch against the Javelinas is set for 10:00 a.m.