A hard wind blew through Nolan Ryan Field Friday night, but that did not stop the Javelina baseball team from putting up a dominant performance against the Texas A&M International-University Dust Devils. taking game one of three 7-2
The offense was powered by the top half of the lineup. Four players combined for all seven runs.
Freshman Ruben Almaguer kicked it off in the 2nd inning with a double to to left-center. He would come around to score when Dust Devil catcher Ian Acosta mishandled a throw from the right fielder Jeff Morgan at home plate.
Hayden Vesely knocked in Brayton Carlson in the 3rd on an RBI single
Then in the 5th, Carlson launched a home run to left-center to put the Javelinas in the lead, 3-2. Dalton Perry would single and later score on a Zach Smith sac fly.
The Hoggies finished their drubbing with a three-spot in the 7th. Vesley came through on an RBI triple was brought home along with Almaguer on a fielder’s choice and an error.
“We knew coming into the game we had one objective and that was to get some good swings off”, Coach Jason Gonzales said. “The last thing we want to do is not be aggressive at the box, especially with the wind blowing out.”
In addition to a 2-4, two run day, Dalton Perry also had the defensive highlight of the night in the third when he saved a run on a laser throw from left.
On the mound Coach Gonzales went with the same trio he used against the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars last week. Hunter Perkins put in five solid innings of work, giving up one earned run and spreading out six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.’
“He hadn’t pitched in over a year, coming back from arm surgery, so we’re going to try to limit the amount of pitches he throws. But each time we send him out there he’s gaining more and more confidence and experience, and so he’s going to be really good for us”, Coach Gonzales said.
Jako Kelm came in relief in the 6th inning, allow one hit, one unearned run and two strikeouts over two innings.
Finally Trey Taylor closed out the final two innings, allowing one hit and striking out two.
The Javelinas look to secure their first winning series of the season tomorrow as the play the Dust Devils in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at Nolan Ryan Field.