Texas produced five runs with two down in the third, defeating Sam Houston, 8-1, while snapping the Bearkats’ road-winning streak at eight games, one shy of matching the program record of nine, set between the 1976-77 seasons.
The Bearkats (20-9) were held to three hits, matching a season low, and were unable to solve Texas starter Kyle Johnston (2-1) who allowed one hit and a run in five innings.
The win leapfrogs Boasson Hagen over stage 2 winner Timo Roosen (Lotto NL-Jumbo) and 10 seconds closer ( ) to the yellow leaders jersey held by stage 1 winner Dries Van Gestel (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise).
“I know he is really quick, and I am also quick, but I’m not really quick at the moment.I am happy that I am second but also disappointed that I didn’t win.” A four-man break animated the race for the majority of the day after a fifth rider Nick van der Lijke (Roompot-Nederlandse) dropped off.The Kats were held to one run for the third time this season and first time in 23 games since dropping a 6-1 decision to No. 25.“We fell behind the eight-ball against a quality arm.When that happens, it’s going to be a grind on you. They are a very scrappy team and are very well coached.Jakub Kaczmarek (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Isac Lundgren (Tre Berg-Postnord), Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy) and Jon Irisarri (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) led the race after the first of two categorised climbs located inside the first 20km of the race.
While the break held a four-minute lead with less than 40km remaining, the quartet eventually lost steam — and ground — to a surging peloton with 5km to go.
After Bud Jeter had blown a three-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, he was able to strand the go-ahead run in scoring position to keep the game tied up at five.
His ability to hold the line was critical, as Henry Castillo smashed a lined shot into the left-center field gap to put the winning run in scoring position.
The long ball was the first allowed by Cooper, who entered with 11 2-3 innings to his name this season.
for two runs on three hits, extending their lead to 8-1.
The shot gave Visalia (1-0, 37-34) their season-best sixth consecutive win dating back to the end of the first half, and got them started with a victory in the second half standings.