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Pump Jacks edge Woodlands, 3-2, in 11-inning nail-biter

By Hayden Henry
June 22, 2013 at 11 p.m.


KILGORE – Zach Jones made his first RBI of the summer a memorable one Saturday night.

The Northwestern freshman broke up a 2-2 contest in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Pump Jacks pulled out their second-straight win, 3-2, against the Woodlands Strykers at Driller Park.

With the win, East Texas moves to 8-12 on the season and won two-straight games for the first time since a three-game streak in early June.

"It's beautiful," Pump Jacks head coach Mark Kertenian said of the two wins. "These guys are really working together now."

Austin Watson carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and left in the eighth with a no decision. The Ouachita Baptist junior struck out a season-high nine Strykers and allowed two runs on one hit in the outing.

After going nine-up, nine-down through three innings, Mitch Meyer got the Pump Jacks' first hit of the contest with a one-out single in the fourth. He advanced to third on a two-base throwing error and scored on a single from UT's Brooks Marlow to give the Pump Jacks a 1-0 lead.

J.J. Robinson extended that lead to 2-0 with a solo shot over the right-center field wall to lead off the fifth inning. The blast was the Washington State freshman's second of the season.

Kevin Santana ended Watson's no-hit bid with a single in the sixth inning and put the Strykers on the board with a game-tying, stand-up double in the eighth inning. Santana had both of the Woodlands' two hits in the contest.

Dillon Moritz picked up the win for the Pump Jacks, tossing 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out four and allowing one hit.

The Pump Jacks had a chance to seal it in the ninth, loading the bases with one out before Texas A&M junior Gandy Stubblefield struck out the final two Pump Jacks after a fielder's choice to end the threat.

Woodlands had a runner on third with one away in the top of the 11th but Moritz saved the threat with a diving snag of a sac-bunt attempt and doubled the runner up a first to push the contest to the home frame of the 11th.

East Texas loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 11th before Stubblefield struck out two batters on eight pitches. Then Jones dropped a single inches away from the foul line in shallow center to plate the winning run.

The Pump Jacks host the Woodlands for a doubleheader today. First pitch is 6:05 p.m.

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