Hoggies conclude series split with LSC foe Cameron

Hoggies conclude series split with LSC foe Cameron

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Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team (22-9, 10-6) is coming off a split over visiting Lone Star Conference rival Cameron, but the Javelinas would end the series on a high note with a walk-off victory.
“Even though it wasn’t pretty, our team [Javelinas] were able to find a way to get it done,” said Head Coach Jason Gonzales
The Javelinas dropped the first game of the doubleheader 5-3 despite getting a solid pitching performance from starting pitcher Dallas Ponder. He went 5.1 innings allowing only four hits and five walks while striking out a career high 10 batter. Unfortunately, for Ponder and the Javelinas four errors led to three unearned runs that proved to be the difference in the game.
“ When you make careless mistakes and this many errors during one game its no surprise you don’t win the game,” said coach Gonzales
Javelina catcher Jake Mendiola was the only player in the game to have more than one hit. He went 2-for-3 with two RBI’s. Javelina pitcher Denver Diefenbach pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief for the team.
In the second game Javelina starting pitcher Zach Pettiford went seven strong innings allowing eight hits, two runs and one walk while striking out eight.
The Javelinas opened the game by scoring single runs in the first and second innings, but were held scoreless over the next 11 frames. The Aggies plated a run in the third inning and then tied it up in the eighth. A lead-off single by the Aggies followed by a sacrifice bunt and a ground out allowed Cameron’s infield single to tie the game.
Javelina outfielder Dustin Aguilar had the base hit for the Javelinas in final game of the series that won them the game, the hit came after the Javelinas had already used 19 players in the game. Chris Ballou had entered the game in the 13th inning and led off the 14th with a walk. That was followed by a hit batter and then Aguilar faked a bunt and then hit the ball down the third base line past the diving in-fielder to clinch the longest game in Javelina baseball history with the 3-2 victory for the Javelinas.
“ I was thinking bunt, but then Coach told me to just hit it hard and try to bring in the runner, and I was lucky enough to get a good solid hit past the in-fielder” said Aguilar.
The Javelinas are back in action with a four-game series starting this Friday April 13, as they travel to Canyon for a big LSC showdown with rival West Texas A&M at 6.