AC News Service
A pitcher's duel featuring a pair of left-handers wearing the same number 18 and offering similar pitching styles went in favor of the visitors Thursday at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin.
Blinn's Kevin Hahn and Angelina College's Bobby McCormack battled for a combined 14 and two-thirds innings, with Hahn getting a little more run support in a 3-0 win. Hahn frustrated AC for nearly eight innings, striking out seven and ensuring the four hits he allowed didn't do any damage: The 'Runners didn't have two hits in the same inning all game long, each hit occurring all by its lonesome in the first, third, fourth and seventh. Travis Walker and C.J. Jarvis each doubled for AC's only extra-base hits of the game.
McCormack pitched well, but Blinn managed to piece together runs in the each of the third and fourth innings. The Bucs put two runners on board in the third, with Garrett Logan reaching via a bunt single. Logan stole second and moved to third on walks to Josh Garza and Jake Kane, scoring ahead of Eric Wood's infield single.
In the fourth, Blinn managed a two-out rally against McCormack. Scott Jones reached with a bunt single, moved to third on McCormack's errant pickoff throw, and scored on Garza's single to right.
The Bucs had no further luck against McCormack, who left in the seventh after allowing the two runs and striking out six. Josh Keith took the hill in the eighth to an inauspicious start, hitting Wood with a pitch and walking Kevin Daniels. AC second baseman Seth Spivey bailed out Keith, going to his knees to spear a line drive and doubling the runner off second. Keith struck out the next batter to end the threat, but the Bucs added an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI single by Jake Kane to take a 3-0 lead into the final frame.
Blinn's Taylor Cobb, who relieved Hahn in the eighth, gave AC a measure of hope for a walk-off rally after hitting Spivey and walking C.J. Jarvis to open the inning; but Cobb retired the next three Roadrunners in order to preserve the shutout.