Marshals Drop Season Opener to Pump Jacks 4-1
The Texas Marshals dropped the season opener to the East Texas Pump Jacks by a final score of 4-1 on Thursday night in Dallas. The Marshals struggled to get anything going offensively against Pump Jacks starting pitcher Darren Lauer (Keystone College) who picked up his first win of the season. Lauer tossed six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out six.
Kyle Garvin (College of Idaho) tossed the final three innings for the Pump Jacks to pick up the save. Garvin allowed one run on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Marshals starting pitcher Jonathan Lycan (LSU Shreveport) gave the Marshals a strong outing, allowing just one run on four hits in four innings. The Pump Jacks made it a 1-0 ballgame in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by Reynaldo Echenique (Monroe College).
Returning TCL All-Star pitcher Keaton Brewer (Hill College) took over in the top of the fifth inning for the Marshals. Brewer tossed 3.1 innings, allowing just one run on a solo home run by Andrew Grifol (Univeristy of Texas - Permian Basin) in the top of the sixth inning to put the Pump Jacks ahead 2-0. Brewer struck out four batters on the night.
The Pump Jacks made it a 4-0 ballgame in the top of the eighth inning as Collin Sherrod (St. Edward's University) gave up an RBI single to Drew McLaughlin (Dixie State University) and walked Echenique with the bases loaded.
Ryan Hill (University of New Mexico) pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning, retiring all three batters he faced.
The Marshals broke up the shutout in the bottom of the ninth inning as Jace Reese (Cisco College) delivered an RBI single up the middle to plate Oliver Christensen (LSU Shreveport).
With the tying run at the plate, Garvin got Taylor Raglin (Stephen F. Austin State University) to ground out to end the game.
Catcher Carlos Contreras (Northwood University) was the one Marshal to record a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4 in the ballgame.
The Marshals and Pump Jacks will meet again on Friday night for game two of the two-game series at 7:05pm at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. The Marshals will send Oklahoma State University product Austin Brooks to the mound to try to earn the series split.
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