It was a four-game series in which the Javelinas seemed to have the upper hand the whole weekend, starting with a close game one in which the Hogs won, 5-4. The Javelinas would start off hot by scoring five runs in the first inning to take a commanding 5-1 lead and never looked back. Christain Caudle was key in the Javelinas success going 3-for-3 at the plate.
In game two the Javelinas trailed the Texans, 1-0, after the first, and would have to rely on their pitching to keep them in the game. After giving up a run in the first, left-handed sophmore pitcher Preston Plovanich would go the next six innings surrendering only six hits, and two walks, while striking out two batters.
In all Plovanich would throw 61 of his total 87 pitches for strikes. The Hogs offense would start to pick up in the fourth as Levi Zents hit one to center field, bringing in Caudle to tie the game, 1-1. Later in the inning, Pablo Hernandez would double to left field to give the Javelinas the lead and eventually the win, 4-1.
Pitching was the key to success for the Hogs again in game three as right-handed junior Isaiah Lybarger threw a one-hit shutout against the Texans. On his way to his shutout, Lybarger struck out nine batters, walked three, and allowed only six base runner. The Javelinas would score on single runs in the second, third, and fifth inning to win the contest 3-0.
Game four of the series would be a high scoring one as wind played a key factor hitting wise for both teams. The Hogs would take a 1-0 lead after a scoreless first inning to give the Javelinas their first lead of the night, before the Texans would bring in five runs in the fifth to take a 7-5 lead. Zents would keep the Hogs close bringing in a run in the sixth to cut the deficit to 8-6, but the Hogs would allow another score giving the Texans a three-point cushion in the top of the seventh. The Javelinas would rally in the bottom of the seventh to score six runs, completing the sweep, by defeating the Texans 12-10.
The Javelinas look to continue their current five game-winning streak into today’s match up against St. Mary’s (12-14) at 6 p.m. at Nolan Ryan Field.