The Angelina College Roadrunners bounced back from a frustrating, one-run loss in the opener to post seven runs in the first two innings of the nightcap and salvage a split with Cedar Valley College Monday at Roadrunner Field in Lufkin.
After stranding what head coach Jeff Livin called "way too many base runners" to fall 2-1 in the first game, the ‘Runners wasted no time getting on the board in the second.
Seth Spivey singled to drive in a run following Ryan Wiburn's perfect execution of a hit-and-run, and Todd Wallace's double to the center-field wall scored two more runs – Wallace would later score on a wild pitch – and the Roadrunners posted a four-run inning in the bottom of the first. AC followed up with a three-run second, taking advantage of Jay Young's leadoff double and consecutive singles from Michael Ruiz, Dyllan McGregor, Wilburn and Spivey.
As the Roadrunner offense took out its frustrations from the first game, starter Ryan Bonnot held the Suns hitless for four full innings, striking out five and allowing just two base runners – one of those on a wild pitch on his third "K" of the game. Ian Gardek pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning, striking out two Sun hitters; Jerin Spikes also held Cedar Valley scoreless for an inning; and Austin Robson closed out the win in a seventh-inning relief appearance.
In the opener, Ryan Wilburn put the Roadrunners on top with a solo homer in the first inning; however, no other ‘Runner could find his way around to the plate the rest of the game. AC actually loaded the bases in the bottom of the final inning, but couldn't push the tying and winning runs across. Cedar Valley's Jacob Martinez relieved Andrew Harris with one out and was able to strike out one Roadrunners and get the final out on a fly ball.
The Suns scored their two runs in the second, with Jovaniel Medina drawing a walk and scoring on a Patrick Fox RBI triple. Fox finished off the final 90 feet on a groundout from David Diaz, and the Suns' pitching staff made the slender lead hold up in the 2-1 win.
The Roadrunners (14-8) will host Henry Ford College in a Friday doubleheader scheduled to start at 1 p.m.