COLLEGE STATION, Texas - With the Omaha Cup already on their mantel, the Cadets completed a three-game sweep of the Roughnecks with an 11-8 victory on at Blue Bell Park on Monday afternoon.
Blake Allemand, Hunter Melton and Cory Raley each pounded out two hits for the Cadets who amassed 13 for the game. Allemand went 2-for-4 with one double, one run, two stolen bases and one RBI. Melton went 2-for-2 with one double and one RBI. Raley went 2-for-3 with one run, two stolen bases and two RBI. Cole Lankford, Danny Holst and Raley each had two RBI for the Cadets.
The Roughnecks pounced early for a run in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Mitchell Nau singled to centerfield and scored when Troy Stein laced a double into the gap in right centerfield.
The Cadets responded with a run in the top of the second inning to tie the game at 1-1. Chance Bolcerek and Charlie Curl were issued walks to start the inning. After Holst pushed both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, Melton and Raley both drew walks to push Bolcerek across with the equalizer.
The Roughnecks reclaimed the lead in the home half of the second. Logan Taylor hit a leadoff single to centerfield to start the inning and Andrew Brown singled down the rightfield line to put runners at the corners. Andrew Vinson grounded into a double play, allowing Taylor to score the go ahead lead, staking the Roughnecks to a 2-1 advantage.
The Cadets took their first lead of the game with five runs in the top of the third. Allemand doubled down the rightfield line to start the inning, moved to third on a groundout by Krey Bratsen and scored on a sacrifice fly by Lankford. Daniel Mengden doubled down the rightfield line to keep the inning alive. After an error on a ground ball to shortstop by Bolcerek put runners on the corners, Curl gave the Cadets their first lead of the game with a single to leftfield, plating Mengden. Holst followed with a double to rightfield two knock in a pair. Melton capped off the cavalcade of runs with a double to centerfield and the Cadets staked claim to a 6-2 edge.
The Roughnecks erased the lead with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Stein reached on an infield single and Brandon Wood walked. A wild pitch put both runners in scoring position and Taylor doubled to rightfield to drive in both runs. Brown trimmed the lead to one with a single to rightfield and Vinson tripled to tie the game at 6-6.
The Cadets jumped back ahead in the top of the fifth. Bratsen singled up the middle, stole second base and scored on a Lankford single to give the team in gray a 7-6 advantage.
The lead ballooned to 11-6 with two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings. An RBI double by Jaxton McNair and RBI single by Allemand highlighted the sixth. In the seventh, Mengden scored on an error and Raley logged an RBI single.
The Roughnecks mounted a late rally, but it came up short. The inning included an RBI double by Drew Featherston.
Stein, Taylor and Brown logged two hits apiece for the Roughnecks. Taylor went 2-for-2 with one double, two runs and two RBI. Stein went 2-for-4 with one double, one run and one RBI. Brown went 2-for-3.
Gandy Stubblefield picked up the win for the Cadets, yielding two runs on four hits while striking out four over 3.0 innings. Melton was the only pitcher to not allow a run in the game, retiring three of the four batters he faced, including two strikeouts in the bottom of the sixth for the Cadets.
Blue Bell Park will see its next action on Saturday, Oct. 27 when it hosts the Former Players Home Run Derby and Game. The home run derby is slated for 10:30 a.m. while the game is slated for 2 p.m.