The Javelinas keep finding new and exciting ways to win and Friday was no exception. It began with tense pitcher’s duel in game one and ended in a barrage of offense in game two against the Tarleton State Texans.
The Hoggies lead off with a one-two punch from Zach Smith and Jimmy Roche. Smith immediately roped a line drive to left and then Roche knocked him in with an RBI double.
However that would be all the offense could muster for the next four innings as Texans pitching dominated them. At one point starter Travis Renfroe retired nine straight Javelina batters.
Tarleton also nearly struck back on several occasions. They put two men in scoring position with one out in the third, creating some pressure for Hoggie starter Preston Plovanich. Plovanich induced some weak contact off the Texans bats, and his fielders behind him backed him up, leaving the inning unscathed,
Plovanich’s final line read as follows: 6.1 innings, six hits, one unearned run, two walks and three strikeouts and credited with the win.
But the Javelinas could not hold off the Tarleton offense for too long. Landon Thompson brought in a run for the Texans off a triple, tying the ballgame up at one.
The Hoggies shot back in the bottom half of the inning however after Jimmy Roche began the inning with a hit by pitch. He was eventually plated when Dalton Perry came in the clutch with a pinch hit single.
That was all the Javelinas needed to win as they won game one 2-1.
In game two the offense awoke from their slumber, immediately tagging Tarleton’s pitching with three runs in the first inning. From there they would never look back.
The Javelinas scored the bulk of their 11 runs in the fourth inning. It began with a Zach smith leadoff single, followed up immediately by a massive shot by Pablo Hernandez, his sixth of the year and good for a tie for the most in the Lone Star Conference.
Wesley Aguilar singled and then flew around second and into third on a wild pitch. He plated on yet another wild pitch. Then Brayton Carlson reached first on a single, and was brought in on yet another bomb, this time by Dalton Perry.
The Hoggies managed to bat around en route to six-run inning fourth inning. They would tack on a couple more in the fifth, allowing the 10 run rule to got into effect by the seventh.
Lost in the offensive explosion was the excellent work on the mound by Jacob Foitek. He went the distance, throwing all seven innings while shutting out the Texan offense. He spread out eleven hits while allowing no walks and striking out no one.
Coach Jason Gonzales was impressed with his pitchers, “Those guys stayed away from base on balls, the were able to get out of tight jams, and that’s going to be key for us, we just have to stay away from those walks.”
Needless to say he had a lot of help from his fielders behind him. Aguilar leaped and nabbed a laser shot in the first. Freshman Ruben saved a run in the fifth on the hot corner, diving to make the grab, firing over to Jimmy Roche over at first. Freshman bench player Alex Gonzalez got the start and game one and made some tremendous grabs at shortstop.
Coach Gonzales spoke fondly of his bench players, “I think the strength of our team is not nine guys, it’s about 13 to 14 guys”.
The Javelinas will complete their Easter weekend four-game series against Tarleton with a Saturday double header starting at 1 p.m.