Javelinas take 3-of-4 from Rams

Javelinas take 3-of-4 from Rams

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Starting pitching once again stole the show as the Texas A&M University Kingsville baseball team took 3 of 4 games against the Angelo State University Rams at Nolan Ryan Field to improve to 15-3 at home, giving head coach Jason Gonzales his 200th win of his career. Ryan Benitez once again got the nod to face off against the third-place Rams who sent right-hander Steve Naemark to the mound. The two righties would pitch well, but it was Benitez who came out on top allowing 0 runs for the second consecutive start. Blake Johnson and Zach Smith would both finish 2-3 with two doubles, with Smith providing the only run for TAMUK. “Ryan pitched well and he has been solid for us all season long,” Gonzales said. We were able to rely on him and even though we didn’t score a lot of runs, our team was still able to pull out the win.” The Javelinas would get a similar performance in their second game with the Rams but this time it was Hayden James getting in on the pitching action. James would allow just one run in four innings pitched as he set up his offense to score 8 runs behind third baseman Cline Andrews and center fielder Brayton Carlson who combined for 4 runs on 5 hits pulling the Javelinas away for at least a series tie. “I felt good going into the game and I just needed to focus on executing pitches and once again hit my spots,” said James. “My defense played well behind me and that’s why I was able to go out there and get it done.” With James and Benitez providing consistent pitching, left hander Matt Terrones would make a name for himself after coming off his first scoreless outing of the season sas he got the start in the third game of the series. Terrones would allow just 4 hits in 7 innings pitched in his second consecutive shutout of the season. “I can’t say enough about what those three pitchers have done,” Gonzales said. “Matt is probably one of the biggest competitor’s that I know and its almost a fist fight when I want to pull him out because he wants to win so bad and when a guy fights like that and competes like that, that’s all you can ask for from a starter.” Although the Hogs would go on to lose the final game of the series, the Javelinas set themselves up grab a first place lead in the Lone Star Conference standings before they hit the road for nine games before coming home for Cameron University on April 10th. “We always preach that a great ball club and staff feed off each other,” Gonzales said. “The season is long and come April and May it is going to get hot and that is when we will really be tested. Our starters will need to have a bullpen that is ready and rested with four game series and double headers coming up.”