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Pitchers struggle to find strike zone in loss to East Texas

By Victoria Advocate
June 2, 2011 at 1:02 a.m.


The problems began right from the get-go for starter David Rollins.

The redshirt sophomore from San Jacinto College walked two of the first five he faced, and allowed hits to two more.

Rollins performance - four innings, allowing six runs, three earned on seven walks and five hits - was just one of many struggles for Victoria on Thursday night in a 16-7 loss to the East Texas Pump Jacks.

Generals pitching struggled all evening long. Victoria pitchers had just two scoreless innings, one by Rollins in the third, the other by Denver Diefenbach in the fifth.

Generals pitchers combined to run 20 three-ball counts against East Texas, including a total of 12 walks and one hit batter.

The Generals defense did the pitching no favors either, allowing seven errors. All told, Victoria combined for 11 errors in its first two games to open the season.

The combined poor pitching and mediocre defense made for several long innings, particularly late in the game. East Texas had innings of six, seven and nine batters in the latter innings of the game, and scored nine runs in the last four innings.

Texas A&M's Ty Marlow caused trouble in particular, going 4-for-7 at the plate, with a single in each of the last four innings, also walking in the first. He scored all five times he reached base.

El Campo alumnus Lee Orr, last year's TCL player of the year, was 3-for-7 with two runs scored.

The one bright spot for the Generals came at the plate. Second baseman Freddy Villalobos, who attended Weatherford College last season and is off to Stephen F. Austin next year, had two, two-run homers in his first two at-bats.

Generals hold on to win season opener, 5-4

Catcher Daniel Garcia broke a 4 all tie in the bottom of the ninth with his first home run of the season, and the Generals won their home opener 5-4 against the East Texas Pump Jacks on Thursday afternoon almost a day after the game was suspended because of a light outage at Riverside Park.

Garcia's home run, which was off of Tyler Giannonatti, followed a long fly ball to the wall by Brad Shankle to almost the same spot to start the bottom of the ninth.

The game resumed in the middle of the top of the fifth, where the game was when play was suspended because of the lights going out the night before. The Generals sent Covey Morrow to resume the game. He allowed three runs, one in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh, to allow the Pump Jacks to tie the game up.

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