Generals top North Texas behind Colon's effort
BY ALBERT ALVARADO
July 20, 2010 at 2:20 a.m.
Two days removed from watching Joseph Dvorsky pitch the first complete game no hitter in Texas Collegiate League history, the Victoria Generals returned home, refocused and led by Lee Colon and Brian Nephew beat the North Texas Copperheads 7-2 on Tuesday.
Colon shook off a rough early start to win his first game of the season and Nephew brought in two runs from the plate to lead Victoria to its 19th win and avoided a let down in their first game home after Dvorsky's no hitter.
"That no hitter was unbelievable, but every player has their own way to get themselves up every game," Nephew said.
Generals manager Chris Clemons was pleased to see the team keep the same spark from Sunday.
"The no hitter was obviously a lot of energy," Clemons said. "The energy was still there and it just carried over to tonight. We missed a couple of opportunities early but came back to put it away."
Even though the Generals spotted North Texas an early one-run lead, Clemons was impressed at the way Colon got out of a jam early.
"This is the best he's been for us," Clemons said. "He got in trouble a little bit, but holding them to one run when you've got guys on base and nobody out is a great job."
Colon gave up two earned runs on four hits, struck out seven and gave up his lone walk in the sixth in six innings of work Tuesday.
"One of my main focuses was don't walk anyone. Don't give them any extra base runners that allow them to score," said Colon.
The North Texas lead didn't last long as Nephew drew a bases-loaded walk in the home half of the first to tie the game.
Nephew would draw a bases loaded walk that tied the game and it wasn't the only time Tuesday that Nephew came through for Victoria.
After Andrew Russell hit a two-out single, Nephew deposited a 2-1 Tyler Carter offering into left field. It enabed Russell to race home from first and score on Jason Krizan's errant relay throw to give the Generals a 3-2 lead they would build on.
"He just left his fastball at the middle of the plate and I got my hands through," said Nephew.
Nephew went 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored a run Tuesday.
Victoria added a Lawton Langford RBI single and a Mark Hudson sacrifice fly to right in the sixth and got an RBI single from Niemann in the seventh to cap the scoring.
Roman Madrid didn't allow a hit and struck out three in three innings of long relief to pick up his third save of the season.
The win improves Victoria's record to 19-12 and the Generals make up a game on Brazos Valley, cutting the Bomber lead to 1.5 games.