GALVESTON, TX -- The Blinn Buccaneers got two outstanding efforts from their starting pitching but picked up just one victory in a double-header against the Galveston White Caps here Thursday.
Blinn won the opener 4-2 behind a 10-strikeout performance from sophomore Jason Simms, but lost the second game 3-2 in 10 innings.
Simms scattered five hits and two walks in the opener, allowing two earned runs. After Galveston rallied for two runs in the fifth, Blinn rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to pull out the win.
“Jason was outstanding,” Blinn coach Harvey McIntyre said. “To his credit, he just did his job and pitched, and he allowed us to get back in it late.”
Jake Kane and Garrett Logan had two hits apiece while Eric Preuss drove in a pair of runs.
The Bucs got outstanding pitching in the second game as well, as Kevin Hahn shut out Galveston through seven innings, striking out four while scattering three hits.
Christian DeLeon allowed one earned run over 2 1/3 innings, and Taylor Cobb took the loss in the 10th inning without recording an out. Galveston scored the tying run on a ground ball single and the winning run on a balk.
Six different Buccaneers had hits, and Markus Carr, Tyler Boss and Kevin Daniel each doubled. Boss and Carr both drove in runs.
“It’s probably the best we’ve played in all three phases,” McIntyre said. “We stuck with our approach and trusted our ability for 17 innings. We hit missiles all day, we just didn’t catch a break. Maybe I need to go buy a lucky rabbit’s foot.”
Blinn may need a good luck charm just to get a ballgame in on Friday. McIntyre said the team would determine around 8 a.m. if it could squeeze in a game with Galveston Friday afternoon. Thunderstorms are expected throughout the weekend.
The Buccaneers are now 14-9 on the season and 7-7 in Region XIV Conference play.