CARTHAGE – The Angelina College Roadrunners bounced back from a frustrating, 3-1, opening-game loss to Panola to take the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader by a final score of 8-2 to lift AC to a split with the Ponies in Carthage.
Game 2 starter and Lufkin native Luis DeJesus threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out two and walking three. DeJesus eventually gave way to Nick Huff, J.P. Clifton and Ian Gardek over the final innings, and the three relievers combined to keep Panola hitless over that span. The Ponies loaded the bases in the ninth before Gardek induced a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.
The ‘Runner offense staked DeJesus to a big lead, chipping away a run or two at a time in building an 8-2 lead by the time DeJesus departed with one out in the seventh. Todd Wallace, Keith Cormier and Ryan Gunhouse drove in two runs each, and Seth Spivey and Jay Young added an RBI apiece to lead the hitting attack that had been shut down earlier.
The win in the nightcap came after the Roadrunners dropped the opener by a 3-1 score, with all three Panola runs occurring in one shaky AC inning. Leading 1-0 – the run coming on Zach Taylor's steal of home ahead of a third-inning double steal – the Roadrunners watched the Ponies pick up three unearned runs on a pair of walks, a hit batsman and a two-run error. Panola reliever Nick Alexiou shut down the Roadrunners in his three innings of work, making a winner of starter Andrew Del Colle, who allowed just one run on three hits over three frames.
Ryan Bonnot was the hard-luck loser for AC, giving up just four hits and the three unearned runs over six innings.
With the split, AC moves to 24-12, 7-3 while Panola falls to 17-16, 5-5.
The Roadrunners will host Northeast Texas College on Saturday in a doubleheader scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Live audio/video streaming will be available by logging onto www.angelina.edu and clicking on the Athletics link.