The Javelinas put an exclamation point on a productive weekend versus Texas A&M International. They combined for seven extra base hits to rout the Dustdevils 8-3.
Ruben Almaguer started things off with a bang with a no-doubter to left, bringing in Brayton Carlson for his fifth run scored of the series.
The Dustdevils answered in the third, first with a Cody Perez RBI single and then a loud William Mora RBI double that brought in two, giving TAMIU the 3-2 lead.
It didn’t take long for the Javelinas to strike back, however. Hayden Vesely ripped his third triple of the series to score Dalton Perry. Vesely later came in on a wild pitch to put the Hoggies up 4-3.
Then in the fifth things got weird. Dalton Perry had reached third on a triple when Hayden Vesely grounded in the infield. Perry then got caught in a rundown between third and home. Vesely advanced to third while Perry was seemingly tagged out at home. However, after about a minute of deliberation, the umpires called fielder’s interference on the pitcher covering home, ruling Perry safe at home and sending Vesely back to second.
The Javelinas poured some more runs on. Pablo Hernandez hit the third Hoggie triple of the game, bringing in Vesely and Ruben Almaguer. Miles Holcomb tacked on an eighth run, grounding out to second.
Shane Vedeer came in relief for Preston Plovanich in the fourth. He pitched four innings, allowing one hit and no runs for the win.
Aside from the three-run ninth inning in game two, the Javelina relief corps allowed no earned runs, four hits and struck out nine batters over twelve innings in the series.
“That’s what we expect these guys to do, is to put up zeroes”, Coach Jason Gonzales said, “That’s what our pitching staff has a chance to do is give our hitters a chance”
And the hitters took advantage of almost every chance they got in the series. Hayden Vesely unloaded in the series, going 5-12, while playing four different positions: pitcher, designated hitter, first base, and third base.
The freshman Ruben Almaguer went 4-7, walking four times and slugging a double, a triple and a home run over the course of the series.
Brayton Carlson and Dalton Perry also broke loose in the series, scoring five and four times, respectively.
Coach Gonzales likes the step up in offense this 2016 brings over his 2015 team, “We got some guys that can hit out of the ballpark, so we haven’t run as much. We got some strong guys and it’s going to be fun to watch.”
After hibernating for two weeks, the excitement seems to be back at Nolan Ryan Field
The Javelinas play a sort of split away/home series against the St Mary’s Rattlers, first in San Antonio on Thursday and a doubleheader in Kingsville on Saturday.