The Chapman baseball team scored twice in the top of the first inning but fell to Texas-Dallas, 6-2 in Saturday's NCAA Division III Championship Whitworth Regional contest in Spokane, Wash.
With loss, Chapman concludes its season 35-13 overall, while Texas-Dallas improves to 32-16.
Chapman got off to a fast start in the top of the first inning as Alex Tsuruda legged out an infield single to leadoff the game, advanced to third when Aaron Wong reached on a two-base miscue by the Texas-Dallas defense, and then scored when Justin Stream singled up the middle to make drive in both runners and make it 2-0. From there, the Comets' starter Cole Hanson got out of the jam by forcing a fly out and a double play.
Texas-Dallas exploded for six runs in the bottom of the second inning as Luke Richter and Josh Covey notched run-scoring singles, while Barry Casey drove in a run with a double to left field. Ryan Burciaga highlighted the frame with a bases-clearing double to left field to help the Comets take a 6-2 lead.
From there, neither team was able to cross the dish again as Panthers' reliever Jonathan Hernandez allowed just four hits in 6.1 innings of work with four strikeouts in a no-decision, while Hanson pitched all nine for the Comets and struck out two while allowing just four hits.