Drew Shifflet appeared to be on cruise control in his Saturday start against No. 7 McLennan College.
The sophomore right hander held the Highlander scoreless for three innings in the opener, eventually giving up an earned run in the fourth.
But in the sixth inning, the Roadrunner defense allowed the Highlanders too many opportunities, leading to a six-run McLennan inning and an eventual 10-3 Roadrunner loss.
The Highlanders completed the sweep with a 4-2 win in the nightcap.
In the first game, AC took a quick 1-0 lead when MacRae Kendrick led off with a triple high off the wall in centerfield. Kendrick then would score on a wild pitch.
In the second inning, Sawyre Thornhill led off with another triple and scored on a wild pitch. Dylan Bourgeois singled and would also come around to score for a 3-0 AC lead.
That was all the scoring for the ‘Runners, as the Highlander pitching staff shut AC hitters down over the final five innings.
In the nightcap’s 4-2 loss, the Roadrunners got RBIs from Thornhill and Josh Youngblood.
The Roadrunners (1-5) are schedule to host Alvin College in a single, nine-inning game on Tuesday. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at Roadrunner Field.
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is email@example.com.
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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