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Pump Jacks Top Aces in First Home Series Sweep

June 17, 2011 - Texas Collegiate League (TCL) - East Texas PumpJacks News Release

The Pump Jacks showed the home crowd at historic Driller Park the formula of winning baseball: excellent pitching and explosive bats.

The Jacks topped the Aces 5-3 Thursday night after a 9-6 victory on Wednesday to record the first home series sweep of the 2011 season

Donnie Hart took the mound in his second start for the Jacks and walked off the mound with his second win. Hart pitched five solid innings, allowing only one run on six hits. The Texas State ace shut down the Aces in the top of the first by striking out the side, after loading the bases on a single and two walks with an error of his own.

Nine innings later, Brett Higginbotham stepped on the mound in the top of the ninth with the tying run just to his left at first base and set down the next two batters on strikeouts, earning his second save of the season.

The Jacks bats were hot once again, posting 12 hits tonight to total 29 on the series.

The top of the lineup combo of Hunter Dozier and Jake Pinchback proved dominate once again. Dozier led the attack going 3-for-5 with a run scored. Pinchback knocked in two runs and stole two bases. Colton Bickerstaff continues his RBI tear, knocking in one on two singles. Seth Granger went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Kash Kalkowski belted his fourth double in as many games and knocked in a run.

Dozier got things going in the top of the first with a stand up double and advanced to third on an error by Aces starting pitcher Steven Kimmelman. Pinchback lifted a shot to centerfield, plating Dozier on the sacrifice fly. Pinchback led off the third drawing a walk and then proceeded to steal second. Kalkowski then knocked him in on a stand up double, and was then scored on a Seth Granger single. Kirby Pellant was scored on a Pinchback single in the fourth to give the Jacks the 4-0 lead.

The Aces got on the board in the top of the fifth on an RBI single from right fielder Britt Gautreaux. John Prato Matthews relieved Hart in the sixth and gave up two runs, one earned on a RBI double from Zach George.

Scott Kalush got his first hit as a Pump Jack on a rope over a jumping Aces shortstop. Zach Looney entered the game to run the bases for Kalush and scored on a Bickerstaff single as the Jacks reclaimed a 5-2 lead.

The Aces plated another run in the eighth after Trey Rickrode reached on an error by Pinchback in centerfield and was scored on an RBI single from George, cutting the lead to 5-3.

Daniel Minor relieved Prato Matthews in the eighth and finished two batters to hold the Aces to just one. After striking out the first batter in the top of the ninth, Minor gave up two walks, putting the go-ahead run at the plate.

Enter Higginbotham. Using only eight pitches, Higginbotham struck out the final two Aces and gave the Jacks the 5-3 win and the two-game sweep at historic Driller Park.

The Pump Jacks hit the road again tomorrow, traveling back to Lafayette to square off again with the Acadiana Cane Cutters in a two-game series. The team has an off day on Sunday and then heads back to Victoria to face off in a 2010 TCL Championship rematch the Generals on Monday and Tuesday.

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