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Marshals Defeat Pump Jacks 5-2 for First Win

May 30, 2014 - Texas Collegiate League (TCL) - Texas Marshals News Release

The Texas Marshals picked up their first win of the 2014 Texas Collegiate League season on Friday night, defeating the East Texas Pump Jacks 5-2, behind a stellar pitching performance from Austin Brooks (Oklahoma State University). Brooks tossed six innings, allowing just one run on four hits with two strikeouts to pick up his first win of the season. The only run Brooks surrendered came in the second inning on an RBI groundout by Danny Bolanos (Northwestern Oklahoma State University).

James Stroud (Cochise College) helped the Marshals even the game in the bottom of the frame as he singled, advanced to second on a ground out, stole third, and scored on a throwing error by the Pump Jacks catcher.

Jace Reese (Cisco College) delivered an RBI triple down the right field line in the bottom of the third inning to score Mason Mantle (Northeast Texas Community College). Reese then came into score on an RBI ground out by Carlos Contreras (Northwood University) to give the Marshals a 3-1 lead.

Joe Powell (Texas State University) relived Brooks in the seventh inning and allowed one run on a wild pitch. With the bases loaded, Brandon Texiera (LSU Shreveport) came on in relief and induced an inning-ending ground out.

The Marshals added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as Nick Ramos (Stephen F. Austin State University) led off with a walk and scored on a Contreras RBI double over the left fielder's head. Adonis Askew (Oklahoma City University) pinch ran for Contreras and scored on an RBI single by Taylor Raglin (Stephen F. Austin State University) down the left field line.

Texiera closed the game out in the bottom of the ninth to secure the 5-2 Marshals victory and notch his first save of the season.

Marshals first-year head coach Brent Lavallee picked up his first career win in the TCL. Contreras, Reese, and Raglin each had two hits apiece for the Marshals to lead the offense.

With the win, the Marshals and Pump Jacks split the opening series and are both 1-1 on the season.

The Marshals will host the Victoria Generals in the first game of a two-game series on Saturday night at 7:05pm at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. Saturday night is Bark in the Park Night presented by the Humane Society of Dallas County. All fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to the park!

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