Jumper sets tone for lights out bullpen as Crowder beats Labette 6-5 in walk-off fashion

Jumper sets tone for lights out bullpen as Crowder beats Labette 6-5 in walk-off fashion

Game 2 of the #Team53 season was a much different story than opening day, with dramatically different conditions and circumstances.  Labette came out swinging hot bats, as they scored 5 runs on 7 hits in 3 2/3 inning off Freshman Ross CarverJack Jumper, Sophomore RHP, came in with 2 outs in the 4th and that was the end of Labette's scoring.  Jumper posted a strong line going 2 2/3 innings with 5 strikeouts and 0 walks, while only allowing 2 hits in his outing.  Following his lead, Sophomore LHP Adam Scoggins came in and struckout 2 hitters while giving up 0 hits.  Going into the 8th inning, Freshman RHP Brett Brockinton was ready to make a college debut that he wouldn't forget.  He faced only 4 hitters, striking out 3 of them and the only runner that reached was on a catchers interference call.  Tyler Gregg came in to keep the game alive in the 9th, and excelled once again in a role that he seems to be cementing himself into.  2 innings later he had 3 more strikeouts and his first college win after giving the offense enough time to walk it off.  Once again command of the strike zone played a huge role in the success had on the mound, with only 2 BB coming in 10 innings compared to the 15 strikeouts posted.

Offensively many Roughriders struggled at the plate, but a few familiar faces helped anchor a talented group on a day where not much was going right.  Kobe Morris continued to set the table reaching base 5 times including 4 hits and a walk.  Cam Witt provided the pop for the day, hitting his first two career triples as well as scoring twice including the game winning run in the 10th.  Newcomer RS Freshman Brinson Williams sparked the 4 run inning that tied the game in the 5th with the first XBH of the day for Crowder and finished with 2 RBI and a walk.  Luke Price put the game away in the 10th with a walk-off single in a tough 2 strike at bat where he wouldn't be denied, driving in his 2nd run of the day.  Overall chasing some pitches out of the zone hurt the offense as they finished the day striking out 12 times, but finding a way to win in February when things don't come easy cannot be overlooked.  Crowder ran out a lineup that didn't look anything like opening day and showcased a few big defensive replacements late.  Cooper King and Jorden Hussein came in the 9th to get the best defense on the field, and both made tough plays to keep the game tied as the depth was on display again.  This also showed maturity early for guys staying locked in and ready for their opportunity.  With 6 games coming up this week including our first 4 game home set vs DMACC, don't be surprised if there is a different lineup on the field for all 6 games.  

Your Roughriders head to Seminole on Tuesday for a double header that was pushed back from Saturday due to weather.  iScore will be rolling and hopefully we can get our Facebook Live going down there as well.  As always we appreciate all the support we get from our fans near and far, we hope to see everyone at some point this week! #wR #BeST