Roberto Malinowski and Josh Elvir each went deep, with Elvir providing a two-run homer, and pitcher Cody Cash earned the win on the mound as the Angelina College Roadrunners salvaged a split with Cedar Valley College Friday at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin.
Cash scattered seven hits and allowed four earned runs in five innings, striking out three in the 12-4 win in the late game. Jesse Cravy and Hagen Hartman each pitched an inning of scoreless relief. Evian Benjamin drove in three runs, and Malinowski and Elvir finished with two RBI each.
The nightcap win helped overcome a heartbreaking loss in the opener. With the Suns leading 5-3, the Roadrunners loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, managing to push across a run to cut the lead to a single run.
But Cedar Valley reliever Skyler White came on to shut down the threat, striking out the next two AC hitters and ending the game with a groundout for a 5-4 Suns win.
The Roadrunners on Saturday travel to Wharton College. AC will play a seven-inning game against LSU-Eunice at 1 p.m. and a single seven-inning game against Wharton at 3:30 p.m.
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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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