Javelina baseball hopes key transfers will play big role in finally...

Javelina baseball hopes key transfers will play big role in finally overcoming playoff woes from past two seasons

The Texas A&M Kingsville baseball team finished with a .500 (24-24) record in 2011 while also picking up their second straight season in where they made postseason play but, For the second straight season the team went two games and out at the conference tournament while losing their first game by one run each time.
Head Coach Jason Gonzales did an excellent job of mixing and matching his starting lineup and rotation to lead the team to an 18-15 conference record and winning seven of 11 Lone Star Conference season series, but needed a three-game sweep of East Central on the final weekend of the year to get into the playoffs.
Despite appearances in each of the last two conference tournaments, the AMK baseball team was picked seventh in the eight team Lone Star Conference coming into the upcoming season.
The Javelinas bring back most of the same lineup fromlast season, only making little changes to the line up. Coach Gonzales was able to add more depth to the roster, as the Javelinas were able to sign a big name in former Western Carolina and Navarro College star Cameron Dullnig earlier this month.
“We are excited to add Cameron to the team,” said Gonzales.  “His collegiate record speaks for itself and we expect him to have a great season for the Javelinas.”
Dullnig is expected to be a top of the order hitter for the Javelinas and is currently slotted to move back to the infield.  He will also be used in the late innings as a relief pitcher. Also to compliment Dulling the Javelinas return catcher Cash Baker and outfielder Ben Villafuerte both players named to the second team all-conference last season.
The Javelinas also return pitcher Jeremy Flores who started off last season as the teams closer but later moved into the starting rotation and ended last season with a 1.26 ERA. AMK also boosted its pitching staff in getting Jaden Dillon a transfer from McNeese State who last year posted a 7-1 record and a 2.48 ERA.
The Javelinas will also go in to the upcoming season with heavy hearts as this past December the Javelinas lost a member of its of its baseball family in Freshman Travis Madden who passed away late last month. Coach Gonzales said, “He was a good guy and I saw big things in his future here at AMK.” To honor Madden the Javelina baseball team has dedicated this season to his name.
The Javelina baseball team will get there season underway a week from today as they play host St. Edwards on Tuesday Feb. 7 at 6. (Times and date are schedule to change)