Texas Collegiate League Recap 08-04-09

2293369 Coppell Copperhead 12 Brazos Valley Bombers 2

Bryan-College Station, TX (August 4, 2009) –

With the debut of the new Field View Section at Brazos Valley Bank Ballpark, the Brazos Valley Bombers set the Texas Collegiate League attendance record for Tuesday night with 1,372 fans. The Field View Section was an instant hit, as fans had the opportunity to enjoy $0.50 beer all night long.

Coppell Copperheads’ ace pitcher Rett Varner had the Bombers handicapped all night, as he limited them to two runs and three hits over seven innings. The Copperheads continued their hot hitting and totaled 14 hits to win 12-2.

With four games remaining, the Bombers still hold a two game lead over the McKinney Marshals for the final remaining playoff spot.

The Bombers will go on the road tomorrow to face the East Texas Pump Jacks with hopes to clinch a playoff spot by the end of the series. Drew Flaniken will be on the mound for the Bombers, looking to set the team-record with his sixth win of the season.

McKinney Marshals 4 East Texas Pump Jacks 3

Curt Restko’s (Eastern Illinois) RBI infield single in the bottom of the ninth scored Jake Luce (Jefferson College) and gave the Marshals a much needed, come from behind win over East Texas Tuesday night at the Gabe.

The Marshals trailed the Pump Jacks 3-2 as the ninth began, and Ben Gorang (Pacific) got things started with a walk. Tyler Ogle (Oklahoma) singled down the left field line and Gorang advanced to third. Frank Petrosky (Vermont) grounded into a double play that scored Gorang and tied the game at 3.

Luce then walked, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by catcher Brett Nicholas. Luce then scored the winning run on Restko’s infield single.

The win keeps the Marshals’ playoff hopes alive, as they will need to win both games this weekend against the Pump Jacks while needing help from other teams. McKinney is just two games behind Brazos Valley for the final playoff spot. The Bombers have four games remaining, all on the road.

Uriah Fisher (Oklahoma State) pitched well as the starter for McKinney, going six strong innings and giving up only two runs on six hits. Fisher did not allow a walk in the game and struck out seven.

Matt Miller (Eastern Illinois) earned the win, his first of the season, as he pitched the final three innings, allowing a run on four hits, a walk and two strikouts.

Restko finished the game 2-4 with the one RBI, leading the Marshals who finished with nine hits on the night.

McKinney is off on Wednesday and Thursday, and will resume play on Friday at home as they host East Texas. They close out the season at home on Saturday, again against East Texas.

Both home games this weekend offer Half Price Merchandise nights. Fans can purchase any item at regular price and get a second item of equal or lesser value at half price.