Finding their stride

Finding their stride

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Getting better with every game is what is happing for the Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team, as they were able to wrap up a three-game series with Northwood University in which AMK won (2-1) by splitting a double-header this past Saturday March 4.
Knights won the first game, 7-4 and the Javelinas won the second game, 10-8 to go along with winning Friday 4-0.
“It was good enough to win two games, but disappointed because our goal is to win all three games,” said head coach Jason Gonzales on the teams performance during the short series
In game one, the Knights did all their work in the first two innings against Adam Aspaas, where they scored seven runs on seven hits. Aspaas (2-1) picked up the loss after he was chased from the game after two quick innings of work.
The Javelinas weren’t able score until the fourth inning when Chris Ballou singled to left field to bring in Cameron Dullnig. They added another run in the sixth behind a Trent Wagner single that scored Ben Villafuerte. They would score two more in the eighth as Ballou, who was 2-for-4, recorded his second RBI of the game.    Pinch-hitter Brian Frazier also brought in Julian Duran on a sacrifice fly, but that would be all the offense that Javelinas could manage as they fell by the final score of 7-4.
In the second game, it was the Javelinas who got off to a quick start. After seeing the Knights score a run in the first, AMK responded with three of their own. Jake Mendiola’s single to centerfield scored Joe Tallerine. Mendiola then came home on a fielding error. Frazier scored the final run of the inning off of a Taylor Taska double.
Neither team would score in the second, but that would be the only scoreless inning of the ballgame. Both teams scored a run in the third and Northwood added another two in the fourth to tie the game at 4-4.
The tie would not last long as the Javelinas erupted in the bottom of the fourth to score five runs, establishing a 9-5 advantage. The Knights did fight back; in the top of the sixth they scored three runs to get within two.
In the bottom of the sixth Dustin Aguilar’s sacrifice fly scored Wagner for the third time in the game. While the Knights would load the bases and have a runner walked home in the seventh, Jeremy Flores managed to get out of the jam to earn his first save of the season.
Clay Stephens (1-1) picked up the victory for the Javelinas after allowing only four runs on seven hits in four innings of work.
During the doubleheader the Javelinas had a total of 21 hits equaling their biggest hitting output of any two games these season, while also increasing the team’s earned run average to .250 and shows what AMK is capable of doing at the plate.
Coach Gonzales said “The hitting we showed this weekend doesn’t surprise me, because as a team I know we are capable of this every game.”
With the series victory the Javelinas are now 9-3 overall. The Javelinas will travel to Louisiana this Friday March 9 to play their first road series of the season against Louisiana Tech.