Rossetta pitches Pump Jacks to shutout of Marshals
By Jimmy Carter firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug. 3, 2013 at 11 p.m.
KILGORE - East Texas won the first two games of its four-game homestand thanks to its offense.
The Pump Jacks added strong pitching to the winning formula Saturday night.
Right-hander Nick Rossetta threw a complete-game shutout and the Pump Jacks bats stayed hot in an 8-0 win over Texas at Driller Park.
Rossetta (6-2) struck out a season-high nine batters and scattered seven hits while not walking a Marshals hitter in the win. His second complete-game shutout gave him the team lead in wins this season.
East Texas (27-27, 12-12) earned its third consecutive win and continued its strong late-season push to earn a spot in the Texas Collegiate League playoffs. The Pump Jacks improved to 4-5 this year against the Marshals.
East Texas only outhit the Marshals 8-7, but took advantage of its scoring opportunities. Joey Armstrong, Ben Mordini, Mitch Meyer and Nate Esposito each finished with two RBIs in the win.
The Pump Jacks didn't take long to grab the lead, scoring and making team history in the bottom of the first inning.
Leadoff hitter Matthew Dickey walked, then stole second base to record his single-season team record 34th steal of the inning. The Kilgore product then advanced to third on a walk before scoring on Meyer's sacrifice fly to right field.
Marshals starter Colin Fermin did a solid job limiting East Texas for the next few innings, but the Pump Jacks separated themselves with a big fifth inning.
Meyer's RBI triple to the right-center gap sparked the inning by driving in Connor Huesers to extend the lead to 2-0, then Meyer scored on Armstrong's RBI single in the next at-bat. Esposito pushed it 5-0 with a two-run single to score Armstrong and Bret Bitow.
The Pump Jacks scored three more in the bottom of the eighth to push the lead to 8-0.
Dickey had another steal in the frame, increasing his TCL-leading total to 35, 10 ahead of Victoria's Brandon Hannon. Dickey is now four shy of tying the TCL single-season record.
Dickey and Pine Tree product Garrett McMullen scored on Mordini's two-run, pinch-hit double. Mordini scored on Armstrong's RBI groundout.
Rossetta finished off the shutout in the top of the ninth.
The Pump Jacks wrap up the series tonight at 7:05 p.m. before having Monday off. They're back in action Tuesday and Wednesday at Acadiana, then finish the season with a two-game home series against Texas on Thursday and Friday.
The TCL playoffs begin Saturday.