By GARY STALLARD
Angelina College head baseball coach Jeff Livin needed just three pitchers in Monday’s doubleheader against Bossier Parish College at Roadrunner Field.
Lance Lusk dominated the opener in AC’s 6-3 win, and Sean Bergeron followed with an equally impressive performance in a 5-1 win in the nightcap. Kyle Allen came on in relief for Bergeron and tossed three scoreless innings, helping the Roadrunners cap a three-game series sweep of the Cavaliers.
Lusk went the full seven innings in the opener, striking out 12 and allowing just three hits. The Cavs scored their only runs off Lusk with a three-run homer from Willie Ward in the seventh inning. Prior to that, Lusk had retired 12 of 13 batters.
The Roadrunners staked Lusk to a 6-0 lead over six innings, with Brett Mugavero driving in two runs as part of a four-run second inning. Nic Garza and Dylan Murphy also collected RBI in the win.
Bergeron took the mound in the nightcap, and his six innings of work were nearly carbon copies of Lusk’s performance. Bergeron struck out 10 while allowing just three hits and no walks to earn the win. Allen struck out four in his three scoreless innings of relief.
Sam Haley rocked a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning, and the ‘Runners tacked on two more runs in the frame thanks to a Cavs error and a wild pitch. Hayden Baker also knocked in a run for AC.
The Roadrunners moved to 4-2 in conference play with the sweep. They’ll open a three-game series with Panola College on Thursday with a single, nine-inning game scheduled for a 3 p.m. start in Carthage. The series wraps up with a Saturday doubleheader at Angelina College. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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