Roadrunners Split One-Run Games with Alvin

The Angelina College Roadrunners used late-inning clutch hits from Grant Clyde and K.J. Semien to take a 7-6 win in the opening game of a Monday doubleheader with Alvin, but dropped the nightcap by 4-3 score when the Dolphins picked up an unearned run in the 10th inning.

AC jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first game, getting an RBI single from Todd Wallace in the first, an RBI single in the second from Zach Cordia in the second and a pair of gift-wrapped runs on a wild pitch and an error.

Alvin managed to erase the lead with a three-run third inning, a two-run fifth and a go-ahead run in the sixth with Trevor Swint's single to left to give the Dolphins a 6-5 lead heading into the Roadrunners' final at-bat.

That's when the 'Runners put together a two-out rally. In the bottom of the sixth, Wallace drilled a single to left and scored ahead of Clyde's triple to the wall in right field. Semien dropped a Texas leaguer over the Dolphin infield to score Clyde with the eventual game winner, and Ian Gardek came on to retire Alvin for the save and a 7-6 AC win.

In the nightcap, the Roadrunners again jumped out to an early-game lead, scoring three runs on a sacrifice fly from Tommy Henk and a two-run homer from Ryan Gunhouse.

But a bevy of Dolphin pitchers combined to hold AC scoreless over the next nine innings, with AC stranding a total of 10 runners from the second through the tenth innings. In the top of the 10th, Alvin finally broke through with an unearned run, with Jordan Camel reaching on a walk, moving to second on a botched steal attempt and scoring ahead of Chris Quinn's single. Dolphin reliever Steven Ellis struck out the Roadrunners in order in the bottom of the 10th to leave AC with a non-conference split.

The Roadrunners (19-11, 2-2) will resume conference play on Wednesday, traveling to Corsicana to take on Navarro College in a doubleheader scheduled to start at 1 p.m.