LAREDO, Texas – With a Region XIV Conference series win on the line, sophomore pitcher Keith Brenner dominated.
The right-hander from Longview tossed eight innings of one-hit ball as the Blinn baseball team swept the Laredo Palominos here Saturday.
After the Buccaneers held off a late Laredo rally in Game 1, 6-5, Brenner struck out 10 as the Bucs won the latter contest 3-1 to close out the series. Brenner (3-3) had a no-hitter going until the bottom of the sixth, when a Laredo one-out single ended the no-hit bid.
Blinn’s (25-20, 18-14 Region XIV) offense helped the right-hander secure the win with a two-run sixth that included an RBI single by sophomore Nolan Brown that scored Cullen Jozwiak. Brown extended the Bucs’ lead in the top of the eighth on a sacrifice fly that scored Jose Reyes to make it a 3-1 game.
Brown was 1-for-2 with two RBI in the game, and freshman Reed Robinson had two hits.
Sophomore Cole Doherty earned his first save of the season after tossing a scoreless ninth.
Blinn had to withstand a late comeback in Game 1. After leading 6-0 after the top half of the sixth, Laredo scored five unanswered runs in the final two frames to cut the Bucs’ lead to one.
Freshman Seth Ballew tossed six innings of four-hit, three-run ball. He struck out six and walked four in the win. Ryan Skoruppa and Dillon Mazzaccoli closed out the final inning.
Brown had two hits and scored two runs. Cullen Gassaway was 1-for-3 with two RBI, including a two-run home run in the top of the first that gave the Bucs an early advantage.
Blinn split Friday’s series opener with Laredo, winning Game 1 11-2 before dropping the nightcap 8-7 in 12 innings.
The Bucs won the season series over Laredo 7-1.
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