Goebel's strong performance lifts Generals

June 28, 2011 at 1:28 a.m.

Ross Goebel is headed to Texas State next season, and he's doing his best to make a good impression on the Bobcats.

The Cuero graduate took a no-hitter into the sixth inning to help the Victoria Generals claim a 3-2 win over Acadiana and a sweep of the two-game series on Tuesday night at Riverside Stadium.

"It's definitely in the back of my mind that I want to make an impact there," said Goebel, who pitched the last two seasons at North Central Texas College.

Goebel did not allow a hit until the sixth inning of his last start at Riverside Stadium. He held the Cane Cutters hitless until Thomas Simoneaux had an infield single to lead off the sixth.

"I'm just throwing it well and hitting spots pretty much," Goebel said. "Relying on the fastball and then my changeup has really picked up here lately. Just keep them off-balance, just throwing a lot of strikes really."

Goebel struck out three and walked two and threw 94 pitches before leaving the game after surrendering a hit and a walk to start the eighth inning.

"Ross was mixing it up and keeping the ball down," said Generals coach Ryan Wagner. "It didn't matter if he was behind in the count or ahead in the count, he was throwing any pitch at any time. When you're able to do that, it's a huge bonus."

The Generals scored all their runs in the sixth inning on Freddy Villalobos' second double, a double steal of home and second by Villalobos and Ryan Dalton, and a wild pitch.

"I think we left five runners on in the first two innings and didn't cash in," Wagner said. "But we did get the hits when we needed them, ran well on the basepaths, and were able to scratch off a few."

The Cane Cutters loaded the bases in the eighth and scored two runs. But Covey Morrow got the final out of the inning on a bang-bang play by Villalobos at second base, and worked around a hit in the ninth to pick up the save.

"The off-speed was working really well and when the off-speed is on it always helps you out," Goebel said. "(Brad) Shankle did a really good job behind the plate. He pretty much knew the hitters. He and Ryan Wagner went over the scouting report earlier. Wagner called most of it and Shankle called the other half."

Generals 3, Cane Cutters 2

Acadiana 000 000 020 - 2 6 0

Victoria 000 003 00x - 3 9 0

Kaleb Manuel, Jordan McCoy (6) and Adam Seal. Ross Goebel, Sam Hansen (8), Covey Morrow (8) and Brad Shankle. W: Goebel. L: Manuel. S: Morrow. Highlights: (V) Goebel 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; Freddy Villalobos 2 for 4, 2 2B, R, RBI, SB; Ryan Dalton 1 for 3, R, 2 SB; Chad Kruse 2 for 4, 2B, SB. Records: Cane Cutters 12-10; Generals 11-13.



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