Jacks bats quiet as East Texas drops just their second game of the year at home.
After a night at Driller Park on Friday that was filled with noise- thunder and lightning with heavy rain hitting off the grandstand roof and fireworks after the weather stopped- Saturday night was the complete opposite, with the East Texas bats falling silent.
The East Texas Pump Jacks were overcome by Acadiana starting pitcher Sam Malchar in being shut out 4-0 by the Cane Cutters on Saturday night in both teams’ final game before the all-star break. It was only the Jacks’ second loss of the summer at home, and the first time all season that they had been shut out.
The Pump Jacks managed just four hits in the game off Malchar, who pitched eight innings while walking only a single batter and fanning six Jacks.
East Texas starter Ty Schlottmann matched Malchar pitch for pitch until the fourth inning, when Mitchell Nau led off with a double and came around to score on a two-out ground ball single to center field to break the scoreless tie.
Acadiana tacked on three runs late, one each in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, including a solo home run by Mike Barba on the last pitch Schlottmann threw. The lefty from Texas A&M had his longest outing of the season in turning in a quality start of 7+ innings, allowing three runs while collecting four strikeouts without a walk.
Taylor Murphy had the only extra-base hit of the game for East Texas, a double, in the second in going 1-for-3 on the night. Kirby Pellant, Kash Kalkowski, and Justin Wall had the other hits for the Pump Jacks in the contest.
Malchar (2-1) got the win for the Cane Cutters, while Schlottmann (2-1) took the loss for East Texas.
The Pump Jacks enter the all-star break remaining in first place at 23-7 overall. They will send seven players to Victoria for the 2012 Texas Collegiate League All-Star Game, presented by the University of Houston-Victoria, on Monday night. The Jacks return home to Driller Park the next night, when they host the Brazos Valley Bombers for the first time in 2012 on Family Night. Families of four can take in all the excitement of Pump Jacks Baseball for only $10, and can add a meal of a hot dog, a bag of chips and a soft drink for each family member for only $15 more.
First pitch for each game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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