Jake Fromson's quality start, timely hitting, and a key defensive play was what the Rally Factory Rock Hounds needed to end their 3-game losing streak. Sophomore Jake Fromson (Missouri State) made a huge impact in his second start this summer. Fromson pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, one walk, and struck out 6 Wildcat batters. His only jam came in the 6th inning. The Cat's loaded the bases after a single and 2 errors. Fromson got an average fly ball to right fielder Jared Ambuehl. Ambuehl came up firing to home, where catcher Hunter Snyder (Youngstown State) took the slightly off line throw and dove to the outside part of the plate, beating the runner by inches. The only run Fromson allowed was on a 1-2 pitch in the dirt that got away, scoring the Wildcats first run. He struck out the hitter on the next pitch to end the inning, and minimize the damage.
In the top of the 7th, Fromson got a bloop single, then struck out what would be his final batter. He came off the mound to a nice round of applause from a crowd that recognized an impressive outing. Head Coach, Andrew Ayers had this to say about Fromson's outing, "On a day that we were very thin on the mound, Jake gave us one of the best starts of the season. He pounded the zone with all three pitches from the get-go. It was a big win for him and us".
Jackson Gentes relieved Fromson, but did not get much defensive help. Two infield errors and a double got the Wildcats within one run of the Hounds.
The Rock Hounds got some key at bats. Joey Dodson, and Jedd Fagg each had RBI singles in the 5th inning, but was Hank Pankratz 2-run double that was the key blow. Cody Gregory's RBI single in the 6th inning would serve as the Rock Hounds deciding run.
The Wildcats did not go down without a fight. Freshman Jedd Fagg (Yavapai College) started the 9th and after a lead off out, the Cats got a single and a walk on a very close pitch. Fagg struckout the Cats 5-hitter, then walked a pinch hitter to load the bases. With bases loaded and the tying run 90 feet away, Austin Spaignour hit a deep flyball to left field where outfielder Cody Gregory ran it down to secure the final out for the Rock Hounds.
Fromson got the win (1-0), with Fagg recording his first save of the summer. The Rock Hounds will travel to College of Alameda to take on the Alameda Merchants. The Hounds defeated the Merchants 12-8 last Wednesday. Thursday the Hounds will host the Pacific Union Caps at Yarbrough Stadium. First pitch is 5pm.