Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Rep. Conaway on hand for Saturday doubleheader

The Howard Payne Yellow Jackets' hot play on the diamond continued Friday afternoon with their fifth consecutive victory, and fourth straight against American Southwest Conference competition, a 7-4 triumph over LeTourneau.

The Yellow Jackets (12-7, 5-2) jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the first inning and tacked on three additional runs in the fourth. HPU scored its final run in the seventh inning before LeTourneau (7-15, 0-10) scored four times in the top of the eighth.

Howard Payne chalked up 10 hits, including a solo home run by Michael Nowak and a triple from David Groves, who finished with two hits and an RBI. Joshua Gerig and Noah Payne also tallied two hits apiece while Brett Quackenbush, Benjamin Lewis and Jay Holland each contributed one hit and one RBI.

Matthew Parks improved to 4-1 as he tossed seven innings of seven-hit ball, yielding three earned runs with five strikeouts and one walk. Chad Anders worked two-thirds of an inning of relief, allowing a run on two hits. Zach Moseley recorded his eighth save, pitching 1.1 innings of perfect relief with one strikeout.

The series concludes with a 1 p.m. doubleheader today at Don Shepard Park. Relay for Life will have a booth and will be selling T-shirts for $20 a shirt. Susan G. Komen will also have a booth, passing out informational packets and pink ribbon stick on tattoos. All proceeds from this event will go to fund cancer research through the Relay for Life and Susan G. Komen organizations. Prior to Game 2 of the doubleheader, Rep. Mike Conaway will be presented with a No. 11 HPU baseball jersey and cap that Conaway will wear later at the congressional softball game in Washington, D.C.