AC News Service
When the Angelina College Roadrunners scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning of Saturday's nightcap against Blinn College, those runs meant more than a late-game rally.
Those runs snapped a 22-inning scoreless streak against the Buccaneer pitching staff.
The ‘Runners ended up falling 4-2 after dropping the opener by an 11-0 score. Those innings, combined with Thursday's 10-0 loss in Brenham, left AC with "0"s on the scoreboard for nearly all three games.
Buc starter Jason Simms tossed a complete-game shutout in the early game, striking out nine AC hitters while allowing just four hits – all singles. Blinn posted an eight-run sixth inning highlighted by a two-run double from Jake Kane. Tyler Boss finished with two runs driven in, scoring a run after his sixth-inning triple. Eric Preuss also drove in a pair of runs with a double and single in three at-bats.
AC's Keith Cormier finished with two of his team's hits, singling twice in three trips to the plate.
In the nightcap, Buc starter Kevin Hahn shut out the Roadrunners for eight innings, leaving in the ninth after giving up four straight singles. Grant Jaster and C.J. Jarvis drove in the two runs, but Blinn reliever David Rumsey retired all three hitters he faced to preserve the win.
The Bucs' Boss blasted a solo homer in the fifth and J.C. Neighbors doubled home a run in the second; but the rest of Blinn's runs came via small ball against Corey Lapeze, the stubborn Roadrunner starter who held the Bucs in check for most of the game. Lapeze lasted 7 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking two while allowing 10 hits. AC reliever Jerin Spikes pitched an inning and two-thirds of scoreless relief.
For the Roadrunners, catcher Matt Sinclair finished with two singles; he also threw out five runners on the base paths to help keep the score close. Jarvis added two singles and a sacrifice fly; and Keith Cormier, Seth Spivey and Colten Walla added singles.
AC (13-21, 8-14) will travel to Jacksonville on Monday to take on Lon Morris in a doubleheader scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
Gary L. Stallard