Buccaneers fall to Northeast Texas, 9-4

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Blinn College baseball managed 13 hits against Northeast Texas Community College, but couldn't get enough runs across the plate as the Buccaneers fell by the score of 9-4 to the Eagles in Friday night's game played at Sam Houston State University.

Brandon Ashy, Sammy Blair, Alec Sanchez, Zach Cherry and Richard Bailey were all perfect at the plate for the Buccaneers. Ashy went 4-for-4 and scored one run to lead the offense, while Blair went 2-for-2 and scored two runs and Sanchez went 2-for-2 and scored one run. Cherry and Bailey each went 1-for-1. Koby Collins led the Buccaneers with two RBIs, while Dylan Bohnert and Cherry each drove in one run.

Northeast Texas was the first on the board after scoring one run in the first inning and gained a 2-0 advantage after adding another run in the fifth inning.

The Buccaneers were able to even the score 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ashy sparked the offense with a single and Sanchez followed with a walk. Following a wild pitch that moved Ashy and Sanchez both into scoring position, Collins hit a two-run single to level the score.

Northeast Texas was quick to answer back with a run in the top of the sixth inning to take back a 3-2 lead. The Eagles tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning to pull ahead 5-2.

In the seventh inning, Blair and Ashy led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Blair and Ashy moved into scoring position and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Bohnert allowed Blair to come home for Blinn's third run.

In the eighth inning, the Eagles separated themselves from the Buccaneers after scoring four runs to extend their lead to 9-3.

The Buccaneers came up with back-to-back hits to lead off the ninth inning. Blair led off with a double, while Bailey followed with a single to put runners on corners. With one out, Cherry hit a one-run double for Blair to score, but that would be the final run for the Buccaneers in the game as they fell 9-4.

With the loss, Blinn's overall record falls to 2-3.

Next, Blinn will take on Navarro College on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. on the road.

Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 36 NJCAA national championships since 1987.