The Javelinas didn’t hit any home runs in game two of their doubleheader, but that didn’t stop them from slugging in eight runs on three doubles in an 8-6 win over the St Mary’s Rattlers
The Rattlers, however, got on the board first in the first inning. Coming off hitting a walk-off single in game one, Hayden Vesely surrendered three straight hits to begin the game, including an RBI single by Jack Kaiser that put St Mary’s ahead 1-0.
Vesely spun a solid, if unspectacular 4.1 innings of work, giving up four runs, three earned, six hits, two walks and striking out five. He would stay in the ballgame as a designated hitter, hitting 1-3 with a double and a run scored.
The freshmen came through in the second inning. Ruben Almaguer lead off with a walk and Pablo Hernandez plated him with a loud, long double to straightaway center. Hernandez came around to score on a wild pitch and throwing error to first, putting the Javelinas up 2-1.
The third inning also began with a lead off walk, this time by Dalton Perry. Hayden Perry then followed through with a double that put the two runners in scoring position. Once again the freshman Ruben Almaguer went to work, knocking in the two runs on a single. Pablo Hernandez then walked and eventually came around to score with Almaguer on a throwing error, extending the Hoggie lead to 6-1
However, the Rattlers took advantage of some sloppy fielding by the Javelinas in the fifth. Bryan Ramierz reached first on a catching by first baseman Almaguer. Then on the very next play, third baseman Tim Gleinser dropped a routine foul fly. Vesely loaded the bases with one out for Zach Johnson who laced a single to score two runs. Brayton Carlson mishandled the ball in center allowing Angel Vega to take third base and eventually score on the ensuing play, cutting the deficit to two.
Christian Caudle provided some pop in the bottom half of the lineup when he brought in Zach Smith to create some distance and push their lead to 7-4
With runners on the corner Matt Smith doubled to left center, plating both runners. However that was as close as St Mary’s would get to the Hogs as A&M Kingsville tagged another run later in the inning to propel themselves to the 8-6 victory
The Javelinas begin Lone Star Conference play against Cameron University Friday, March 4th at 6 p.m. at Nolan Ryan Field in Kingsville, Texas. The Hoggies have their work cut out for them as the Aggies are 11-0 on the season