By GARY STALLARD
For the second time this young season, Angelina College pitchers carried a no-hitter into the final inning.
Back on January 31, Lance Lusk lost his no-hit bid against Mountain View College in the final inning, finishing with a one-hitter.
Thursday in Dallas, three Roadrunners teamed up against the Lions, with Sean Bergeron, Jacob Mead and Clayton Hill nearly earning the no-no in the nightcap before a Lion hitter broke it up with two outs in the seventh. Bergeron threw five hitless innings to earn the win.
The Roadrunners swept the Lions 6-4, 6-0 in Thursday’s twin bill, running AC’s winning streak to five games.
In the opener, Dylan Murphy and Christian Leonard rocked back-to-back homers in the second inning. Leonard finished with two RBI in the win; Euro Diaz and Alec Paz also drove in runs for AC. Lusk struck out seven Lion hitters in four innings of work; Hagan Hartman and Jeremy Rodriguez each added an inning of scoreless relief.
The nightcap saw AC hitters Brett Mugavero, Hayden Baker and Dylan Rivers collect two hits each. Baker and Dylan Murphy each drove in two runs to back the strong pitching performance.
The Roadrunners (6-6) travel to Wharton College on Saturday in a doubleheader scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. AC is at home on Tuesday against Alvin College. That doubleheader starts at 2 p.m. at Roadrunner Field.
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Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games.
Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.
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