Lange's six scoreless innings help Angelo St. rally past St. Mary's (Texas)
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Michael Lange threw six scoreless innings in relief to help lead Angelo State to a 5-2 non-conference win against No. 7 St. Mary's (Texas) on Tuesday at Nelson W. Wolff Stadium.
ASU (21-12) improved to 11-3 on the road this season, while the Rattlers (22-10) had their five-game winning streak snapped.
“We have to keep winning for this game to really mean something, but to not get the win would have hurt us pretty bad,” ASU head coach Kevin Brooks said. “I thought we did a great job of competing against a really good team and we got a great performance from Lange. We did a lot of things better [Tuesday] than we have been which is great to see at this time of year.”
Lange (3-2) threw the final six innings of the game, striking out two and allowing only one hit in relief of starter Bryce Zak.
“My two-seam [fastball] was on and I really like their mound for some reason,” Lange said, who earned his first win since Feb. 9. “I really felt comfortable out there. I was focusing on my fastball and slider and thought that helped. This helps my confidence a lot. It was pretty low and I knew I couldn't get any worse. I just went out there and pitched.”
“He looked like Michael Lange from last year and we need that,” Brooks said. “He was great for us.”
Andrew LaCombe, Hunter Choate and Ryan Greer each led the Rams with two hits each, while Choate delivered two RBIs.
Angelo State took the lead in the top of the sixth inning when Choate delivered a one-out RBI single to center field to score Christian Summers, who had reached on a walk and then stole second base. The Rams tacked on two more runs in the top of the eighth inning with an Andrew LaCombe RBI to left field and Hunter Choate driving in Summers with a fielder's choice.
“All we ask guys to do is to be competitive at the plate and that's what Hunter [Choate] is doing,” Brooks said. “He got some big RBIs from us and did a great job in the seventh spot in the lineup for us.”
ASU, which trailed 2-0 through four, scored its first runs of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs. Ryan Greer drove in the first run with a single to left field to plate LaCombe, while Quaid McKinnon took a bases-loaded walk on a full count to even the game at two.
Zak finished the game with three strikeouts and three walks in three innings of work in the no decision.
Derek Moczygemba (1-2) received the loss for the Rattlers after allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out four, but struggled with control by walking five. Kyle Bumpas led the Ratters with two hits.