CORSICANA, Texas — Blinn College baseball's pitching staff threw eight shutout innings before surrendering eight runs in the ninth inning for Navarro College to defeat the Buccaneers, 8-5, on Tuesday.
With the loss, the Buccaneers open the season with a 0-1 record.
Millender was phenomenal in his first start of the season, only surrendering one hit, while striking out six, in four innings. Chomko made a solid collegiate debut, just surrendering one hit in three innings, while striking out two.
Reggie McCalister led Blinn's offense after going 2- for-5, hitting a double and a home run. Cameron Gibbons, Gray Rodgers, and Westley Schields each recorded one run in the game, while McCalister scored two.
McCalister led off the third inning with a double and later scored on a groundout for Blinn's first run.
The Buccaneers tacked on three more in the fifth inning to lead Navarro 4-0. After the Buccaneers loaded the bases, Blake Faecher and Alec Sanchez were hit by a pitches for Schields and Gibbons to score. Rodgers scored Blinn's final run in the inning on a groundout.
McCalister hit a solo home run in the eighth inning for Blinn to score its final run.
Although Blinn led 5-0 heading into the final inning, Navarro stormed back to score eight runs and take the win.
Blinn will compete in a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 9, against Temple College at 11 a.m. and Angelina College at 2 p.m. in Temple.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 38 NJCAA national championships since 1987.