Hansen leads Generals over Cane Cutters in first start
July 8, 2011 at 2:08 a.m.
Updated July 9, 2011 at 2:09 a.m.
Sam Hansen wants to be a starting pitcher, and he stated his case against the Acadiana Cane Cutters.
Hansen worked six solid innings in his first start of the season and led the Generals to a 9-2 win on Friday night at Riverside Stadium.
"We had some kids leave with injuries and everything," Hansen said. "I was just like put in that spot. I've been wanting to start and got the opportunity and made the most of it."
Hansen scattered seven hits and yielded only one run in six innings, throwing 93 pitches before being relieved by Alex Jack and Ethan Carnes.
Hansen, who was used primarily in late-inning relief last season at Texas-Arlington, limited the Cane Cutters to one hit in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.
"I was just trying to keep it low in the zone and get ahead of the hitters," Hansen said. "I was just trying to go after them one inning at a time."
Hansen got plenty of support from his teammates, who batted around and scored three runs in the first inning without a hit.
The Generals had 11 hits, including three by catcher Brad Shankle, who hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the third inning.
Chad Kruse, John Longoria, and Ryan Dalton each had two hits for the Generals, who scored in every inning but the fourth and eighth.
Hansen could have gone back to the mound to start the seventh inning, but was content to let the bullpen finish the game.
"This is the first time I really ran up my pitch count above probably 50," Hansen said. "My arm felt good and everything, but I was happy with six."
NOTES: Reggie the Purple Party Dude was back at Riverside Stadium for the second consecutive year.
The Generals lost three players and added two others. Conner Mach left to go play in the New England League. Mach was drafted by the Yankees and they don't have a scout in the area so they asked him to make the move. Pitcher Tony Manville left the team with arm trouble. Pitcher Phillip Garcia from Bloomington also left the team.
Pitcher Ethan Carnes of Sam Houston State was with the team Friday night and worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Pitcher Jordan Hamilton of Louisiana-Lafayette will join the team soon.
Generals 9, Cane Cutters 2
Acadiana 001 000 100 - 2 9 2
Victoria 310 021 10x - 9 11 1
Kendall Mayer, Jordan McCoy (3), Paul Anderson (6) and Jacob Derduen. Sam Hansen, Alex Jack (7), Ethan Carnes (9) and Brad Shankle. W: Hansen (1-0). L: Mayer. Highlights: (A) Michael Barba 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 SB; Jeremy Hill 2 for 4, RBI. (V) Hansen 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 HP, 4 Ks; Chad Kruse 2 for 4, 3B, 2 R; John Longoria 2 for 3, R, 2 RBIs; Shankle 3 for 5, solo HR, 2 R, RBI; Ryan Dalton 2 for 4, R. Records: Acadiana 1-2; Victoria 2-1.