The Javelina baseball team split a vital series against the Angelo State Rams in San Angelo to maintain a second place pace in the Lone Star Conference.
Game one was a pitcher’s duel, as Javelina starter Seth Hubert faced off against Matt Shannon in a 3-2 TAMUK victory.
Hubert pitched an ace 5 ⅓ innings of three-hit ball, surrendering a single run and earning his sixth win of the season, second-most in the conference.
That one run came in the fourth inning where he loaded the bases off a leadoff single and back-to-back four-pitch walks to load the bases.
He traded the run for two outs off a double play off the bat of Michael Urquidi.
Luckily for Hubert, he was gifted back-to-back homers in the third inning via Alec Kana and Joshua Croft, both their first on the year.
Christian Caudle walked to begin the ninth and was and was knocked in by Alex Gonzalez.
When the Javelinas returned to Foster Field the following afternoon, the Rams unleashed a 13-3 thumping.
Kingsville had jumped out to an early two-run lead off a Pablo Hernandez double that scored Levi Zents and Croft.
Isaiah Lybarger got shellacked and 2.3 innings, giving up nine hits for an equal amount of runs, but only four of them earned.
Shane McCarley came in relief and didn’t fare much better, surrendering three earned runs on four hits in 2.3 innings.
Hunter Perkins accounted for the Javelinas’ final run singling in pinch-runner Kohl Ullman.
The Hoggies returned the favor in the second part of the doubleheader, winning 7-3.
Preston Plovanich put in a seven-inning complete game, spreading eight hits and three earned runs while striking out three, and walking three.
Hernandez lead the offensive charge, cashing in three runs first on an RBI single in the fourth and then a bases loaded walk in the fifth.
Zents went 3 for 4 with a run scored and a double, and Jimmy Roche went 2 for 3 with two runs, a double and a walk.
Angelo State evened it up in the series cappper on Sunday.
After the Rams spotted two runs on starter Zach Wilson in the first inning, the Javelinas struck back with a four-spot the following inning.
Pablo Hernandez was the first to score after getting on base with one-out double.
Dallas Stefano blasted a two run dinger, his second on the season, and Ullman doubled in Peyton Geisinger.
These would be the only runs the Hoggies would get.
Wilson held strong for four innings, only allowing a single hit in those frames, but was ultimately tagged with three more runs in the sixth, handing him his second loss of the season.
The Javelinas will host the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds at Nolan Ryan Field.
Game one starts at 6 p.m. on Friday.