Buccaneers improve playoff chances by sweeping Laredo, 11-1 and 9-4

LAREDO, Texas – Blinn College baseball knew that it couldn't afford to lose many more games if it wanted a chance for the playoffs and the Buccaneers took care of win column by sweeping Laredo Community College, 11-1 and 9-4, Friday afternoon in Laredo.

The offense showed up in both games for Blinn and the conference record improved to 13-19 and 23-21 overall. The 13-19 record ties Wharton County Junior College for fourth place in the Region XIV South Zone with only six more conference games left.

Most of the offense for Blinn came from one inning as the Buccaneers scored 10 of their 11 runs in the fourth inning. With that kind of run support, Kaylor Chafin was able to cruise through all seven innings on the mound while allowing only four hits and a run while striking out six.

Christian Thames had the bat going in the first game as he hit a home run and a triple while knocking in three runs. Stephen Stuart went 3-for-5, with three singles and two runs batted in while Patrick King hit a triple and two singles in the victory.

Laredo jumped ahead with a single run in the first inning but that lead would be a distant memory after the fourth inning. Stuart started the fourth with a single and then came around to tie the game at 1-1 after a triple by Thames to center.

The scoring continued as Ben Upton followed with a double for a 2-1 lead. Hunter Lehman brought in the third run with a sacrifice fly for the second run but Blinn would still add seven runs with two outs.

The two out rally continued with an RBI single to right by King for a 4-1 lead. Cullen Jozwiak brought in a run with a double to left for the fifth run. Stuart brought in a pair of runs with a single to center and then Thames followed with a two-run home run for a 9-1 lead. Lehman capped the fourth with an RBI double to center, his second RBI in the inning, for a 10-1 lead.

After the huge inning, Blinn was able to tack on one more in the fifth when King tripled and then Jozwiak doubled to score King for an 11-1 lead that would hold up until the final out.

Laredo got off to a much better start in the second game but it was Blinn finishing off the game by scoring seven runs in the final four innings to close out the sweep with a 9-4 victory.

Winders and Jager Toffan had the hot bat in the second game as each player had three hits and each knocked in a run. Thames hit a home run for the third consecutive game and drove in two in the win.

Dakota Mills and Kirby Peek nearly split time evenly on the mound as Mills pitched four innings and struck out six while Peek pitched the final five innings and didn't allow a run in the win.

Laredo jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings but Blinn was able to cut into that lead in the fourth. Thames started the inning with a solo home run to left to make the score 3-1. Toffan followed two batters later with a single and then was brought in by a Jose Reyes RBI single to center to get within 3-2. Laredo did tack on one run in the bottom of the fourth to extend the lead to 4-2.

Upton and Toffan started a rally for Blinn in the sixth with a double and single respectively. Lehman brought in one run with a single to center to get within 4-3. Winders tied the game at 4-4 with a sacrifice fly and then Lehman also came around to score in the inning to give Blinn a 5-4 lead.

Blinn built upon its lead in the seventh when Stuart started it with a one-out single and then scored after a double to center by Thames for a 6-4 lead. Toffan doubled in a run to right to score Thames for a 7-4 advantage.

Winders and Reyes started off the eighth inning with singles and helped Blinn boost its lead. Winders scored on an RBI single by Stuart and then Reyes scored later in the inning to give Blinn a commanding 9-4 lead that would hold up until the final out.

Blinn will face Laredo for another double-header Saturday, April 25 with the first game starting at 1 p.m.

Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 32 NJCAA national championships since 1987. For more information, visit www.buccaneersports.com.


About Blinn College

Founded in 1883, Blinn is a comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement. With an enrollment of 19,317 students, Blinn ranks among the nation's leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for affordable educational excellence.

As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan titled "Destination Success: First-Year Focus," which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students.

For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.