Getting better as the season continues for the Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team as they are currently riding a four game winning streak, to start the season including a double header victories over the UT-Brownsville Scorpions today beating them 8-5 in game one and then coming back to win 6-3 in the second.
In first game against the Scorpions the Javelinas sent pitching ace Jaden Dillon to the mound, and Dillon came out ready to play as he was able to pitch a solid seven innings while only allowing one hit and one unearned run while striking out six while picking up the win. “He (Dillon) is a gamer, and more times then not he is going to give us the chance to win,” said head coach Jason Gonzales.
The Scorpions sent Mitch Shaafsma to the mound and the Javelinas were able to get to him early as he was only able to get through four innings before being pulled he allowed three hits and three runs.
The Javelinas were able control most of the game picking up runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings. Going in to the eighth inning the Javelinas had a solid six to one lead and coach Gonzales pulled Dillon out the game and put in Dallas Ponder, the scorpions took advantage of the switch as they were able to get to Ponder in the inning as they roughed him up for four runs on two hits and the Javelinas also had two costly errors that also contributed to the run of the Scorpions.
AMK was able to get out the eighth inning with only a one run lead, but the Javelinas would coming back in the bottom of the eighth as they were able to manufacture some runs and push across two runs thanks to some key bunt hitting by Ben Villafuerte and Cameron Dulling.
Going into the ninth AMK had a modest three run lead and the chance to close it up. The Javelinas brought in Adrian De La Garza for the safe opportunity and he delivered for the Javelinas as he picked up his first save of the season as he came in and struck out three and walked only as he was able to help give the Javelinas a 8-5 victory.
The Javelinas finished the game with eight runs on 12 hits while committing four errors stranding 12 runners. Coach Gonzales said, “ I’m glad we won, but we still have some things we need to work on.” Matt Perez led the team with three hits and picking up one RBI and Chris Ballou who had two RBI’s on two sacrifice flies.
In the second game of the double header the Javelinas to come back against the Scorpions to pick up their 6-3 win.
UT-Brownsville got to Javelina starting pitcher Denver Diefenbach who was chased form the game as he gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits including a solo home run from Zach Cordia.
AMK was able to pick up run in bottom of the first thanks to a sacrifice fly by Matt Perez that scored Joe Tallerine.
That would be the only run for the Javelinas until the got two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game after trailing 3-1 going into the fifth. AMK would pick up two runs thanks to a bases loaded hit-by-pitch on Dullnig that scored Trent Wagner from third, the Javelinas were able to pick up another run with the bases loaded as Tallerine scored on a fielder choice hit by Jake Mendiola.
Jeremy Flores would come on for relief of Diefenbach in the sixth after he allowed three runs , Flores only pitched a scoreless sixth inning and that would be enough to get him the win for the game.
The Javelinas would get the go ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to a throwing error Scorpion first basemen Matt Ginn that allowed Javelina James Black to score to give the Javelinas a four to three lead. AMK would tack on two more insurance runs thanks to a two RBI single by Villafuerte that scored Julian Duran and Trent Wagner.
The Javelinas would sent Cameron Dullnig out in the seventh inning to pitch for the save and Dullnig delivered for the Javelinas, after walking the first batter he saw he struck out a batter while getting to pop-ups to end the game for the Javelinas and Dullnig picking up his first save of the season, coach Gonzales said “He (Dullnig) is a great one inning pitcher, he throws hard and knows how to get guys out”
Villafuerte, who had two RBI’s on just one hit, led the Javelinas in the second game.
The Scorpions in the game committed three errors that helped out the Javelinas.
With the win AMK is currently on a four game winning streak leading to an overall record of (5-1)
The Javelinas are back in action next Tuesday Feb. 21 as they travel to Laredo to take on Texas A&M- International.