Pump Jacks finish sweep of Acadiana
By Jimmy Carter firstname.lastname@example.org
June 5, 2013 at 10 p.m.
KILGORE - East Texas broke the trend against Acadiana on Wednesday night.
The teams split 10 games last season after halving their 12 meetings in 2011. But the Pump Jacks didn't waste much time taking command of the series this season.
The Pump Jacks followed up a 5-4 Tuesday win over the Cane Cutters with a 7-5 victory Wednesday to clinch the two-game series sweep in Texas Collegiate League play at Driller Park.
East Texas (3-2) earned its third consecutive early-season win and improved to 2-0 at home. The Pump Jacks took control early by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never trailed.
Second baseman Brooks Marlow went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored at the plate. Starting left-handed pitcher Austin Watson (1-0) was solid in six innings of work.
Watson gave up two runs in the top of the third, but both were unearned. He struck out six and allowed two hits and two walks in his second start of the season.
The Ouachita Baptist University product benefited from the Pump Jacks' quick start on offense.
Third baseman Joey Armstrong's looping RBI single to center field drove in Marlow to give East Texas a 1-0 lead. The Pump Jacks made it 2-0 when Garrett McMullen scored on a bases-loaded walk, then stretched it to 3-0 when Armstrong raced home to score on a passed ball.
Armstrong went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Two East Texas errors paved the way for Acadiana (1-5) to cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the third. But that was as close as the Cane Cutters got.
The Pump Jacks added a run when Ty Marlow's RBI sacrifice fly to deep right-center field scored Matthew Dickey. Brooks Marlow pushed the lead to 6-2 with his two-run home run to right field, his fourth extra-base hit and first homer of the year.
Acadiana struck for two runs off Pump Jacks reliever Billy Davidson on center fielder Kyle Cedotal's two-run triple in the top of the seventh inning. The Pump Jacks avoided further damage thanks in large part to a nifty stop at first base by Ty Marlow and his strong throw home to cut down an Acadiana runner.
Former New Diana High standout and LeTourneau product Jordan Price pitched a scoreless eighth and got through the ninth with just one run allowed to pick up his first save of the season.
Former Pine Tree standout and current North Central Texas College product Garrett McMullen went just 1-for-5 after entering the game hitting .667, but did extend his hitting streak to five games.
The Pump Jacks host Victoria tonight and Friday in a rematch of the 2012 TCL championship series, which East Texas won. Both games start at 7:05.
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