Christian Sepulveda did it all but single.
Sepulveda tripled, doubled and homered — in that order — and made a diving catch from his shortstop position in shallow left field to lead the Brazos Valley Bombers to a 10-4 victory over the Texas Marshals on Sunday at Travis Field.
The victory completed a two-game sweep of the Marshals and a 4-0 homestand and was the fifth straight win for the first-place Bombers (31-17). The Marshals, who fell 5-0 to the Bombers on Saturday, lost for a fifth consecutive time and dropped to 12-28.
With the Bombers trailing 2-0 in the second inning, the Marshals had a meeting at the mound to settle down starting pitcher Aquistin Martinez after he had surrendered a leadoff single to Robin Adames Jr. walked Alex Nielsen and looked bad on a pitch to Sepulveda. On the next pitch Sepulveda went the opposite way and tripled to the fence in right-center field to even the game at 2-2.
It was all Bombers from that point on with Sepulveda’s run on an error putting Brazos Valley ahead for good.
Nielson looped a single down the left-field line to plate Cole Coker and Cam Blake, who had singled and walked, respectively.
The Bombers might have had more but on reliever Joseph Akers’ first pitch the ball went to the backstop and Nielson was thrown out at home. The third inning was the only time the Marshals retired Sepulveda. He reached on a fielder’s choice, with Adames being thrown out at third base on a ground ball in the hole.
In the fifth inning, Blake singled and with two outs Nielson tripled to left-center and Sepulveda followed with a double down the left-field line.
Sepulveda made his diving catch off the bat of Tyler Brown to end the top of the eighth and then led off the bottom of the inning with his league-leading ninth homer. It gave him two runs and four RBIs on the night.
Dylan Bonhert’s single chased reliever Joseph Akers and after Sy Snedeker walked Chase Kemp brought home Bonhert with an infield single. Snedeker then scored on a throwing error by the catcher.
College Station’s Ryan Johnson started on the mound for the Bombers and went three innings. He wasn’t has sharp as when he pitched three perfect innings recently, allowing both runs, one earned. He struck out two but walked three and gave up two hits.
John Altman, who pitched for A&M Consolidated, replaced Johnson in the fourth inning and got the win with three scoreless innings. He struck out five and walked none while surrendering two hits, both infield singles.
He got help in the fifth inning when center fielder Casey Danley robbed Zavier Moore of extra base hits with a twisting catch near the center-field fence.
The Bombers are on the road for two games and then have two days off before returning for their final two regular season home games against the Cane Cutters on Friday and Saturday.