SUGAR LAND, Texas – The bats came out on fire for Blinn College baseball as it scored 11 runs in the first three innings to stun Navarro College 11-5 Friday night in the first round of the Region XIV Tournament at Skeeter Park in Sugar Land.
With the win, Blinn will move on to the quarterfinals to face Northeast Texas Community College Saturday, May 9 at 5 p.m. The Buccaneers overall record now improves to 27-24.
Offense busted open the game in the first and third innings and with all the run support Blinn was able to cruise to victory. Dakota Mills got the start on the for the Buccaneers and pitched six innings and only allowed two runs and struck out three to get the win.
Blinn couldn't have asked for a better start as Cullen Jozwiak started it off with a single in the first and then later came around to score on a passed ball for the first run. King made the score 3-0 on a two-run single up the middle.
Winders was able to knock in a pair of runs with a single to center for a 5-0 lead. Reyes capped the scoring with an RBI single to center to give Blinn a 6-0 lead before Navarro could even touch a bat. Navarro did score a single run in the first and second innings to get within 6-2.
The game didn't stay that close for long as Winders started another rally with a walk and then was followed with an RBI triple to the line in right by Reyes for a 7-2 lead in the third. Christian Thames followed with a single to left for an 8-2 advantage.
Ben Upton kept the scoring going with a bases loaded walk to push across the ninth run. Thames later scored in the inning and then Jager Toffan drove in a run with a ground out for an 11-2 advantage. That would be all the scoring from Blinn but it would be all the runs it needed as Navarro added three in the seventh to make the game feel a little closer but Blinn was still able to hold on.
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 its 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.