CARTHAGE, TX -- The Blinn Buccaneers split a non-conference double-header with the Panola Ponies here Wednesday afternoon, winning the first game 5-3 but dropping the second 2-1.
The Buccaneers’ string of outstanding pitching continued in both games of the twin bill, as sophomore Kevin Hahn improved to 6-1 on the year with the win in the opener. Hahn went five innings, allowing one earned run on five hits. He struck out four without walking a batter, lowering his ERA to 2.82 for the season.
“He’s been outstanding,” said Blinn coach Harvey McIntyre, whose squad improved to 28-13 on the season. “He’s been a rock for our pitching staff and he gives us a chance to win every time out.”
Freshman Trent Rape threw two innings in relief, allowing two unearned runs on one hit.
Freshman Eric Wood led off the fourth inning for with a home run for the Buccaneers, and Markus Carr added a sacrifice fly before Jake Kane hit a two-run single with two outs in the frame. Garrett Logan added an RBI single for the Bucs’ final run in the game.
Carr was 2-for-3 in the game.
The Bucs got strong pitching again in the second game, as Christian DeLeon threw four innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. He struck out five and walked one. Kyle Mueller threw 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, and David Rumsey got a fly ball to end the game.
But the Buccaneer bats couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain. Blinn loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh inning, but the potential rally – and the game – ended with a fly ball to center field.
Even with the loss, the Bucs have won nine of their last 11 games.
“I’m not disappointed with how we played at all,” McIntyre said. “I’m just disappointed we didn’t make adjustments and we got beat because of it.”
Blinn will look to bounce back Saturday with a 1 p.m. double-header against the defending national champion Navarro Bulldogs in Corsicana. Jason Simms and Trevor Seidenberger are expected to get the starts on the mound.
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