Pump Jacks end first half with 4-2 win
July 3, 2013 at 11 p.m.
KILGORE - Nick Rossetta might have punched his ticket to the Texas Collegiate League All-Star Game with punchouts that were both timely and abundant on Wednesday night.
Rossetta ran his record to 3-1 and helped the East Texas Pump Jacks close out the first half of the TCL season with a 4-2 win over the Victoria Generals at Driller Park.
The win, East Texas' season-high fifth in a row, moves the Pump Jacks to 15-15 heading into the second round of league play.
Victoria drops to 17-13 with the loss.
The game was the final home game for East Texas before the team returns to Driller Park on July 9 to host the All-Star Game. The Pump Jacks will visit The Woodlands tonight and Friday and visit the Texas Marshals on Saturday and Sunday.
Rossetta lived on the edge all night long, but he finished with eight strikeouts in eight innings of work. He closed out the third, sixth and eighth innings with strikeouts, stranding a runner at second in the sixth and fanning the last two men of the eighth with the bases loaded.
Wes Edrington collected two doubles to lead an eight-hit East Texas offensive attack. Ryan Hope doubled and drove in two runs, and Mark Mathias chipped in with a double.
Romeo Cortina doubled, and Hayden Vesely added a pair of singles, two walks and an RBI grounder in the loss for Victoria.
Generals' starter Matt McClain (2-2) cruised through the first three frames, but East Texas used two hits, three walks and a wild pitch to push three runs across.
Pine Tree product Garrett McMullen led off the fourth with an infield single, and after Nate Esposito was hit by a pitch with one out.
Hope doubled to left to bring in McMullen with the game's first run. Esposito later scored on a wild pitch, and Hope hustled home on Edrington's line drive out to left to make it 3-0.
Edrington doubled with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, and he scored on Devon Conley's bloop single down the right field line to give East Texas a 4-0 cushion.
Victoria threatened in the top of the eighth, loading the bases on walks to J.B. Moss and Vesely with a hit batsman (Cortina), but Rossetta struck out Jace Reese and Mac Seibert to end the frame.
The Generals pushed across two runs in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Drew Featherston and an RBI fielder's choice by Vesely, but Kenny Oakley – the third pitcher of the inning – got the final two outs to close out the contest.
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