Ranked teams to battle: No. 25 AMK hits road to face No....

Ranked teams to battle: No. 25 AMK hits road to face No. 2 St. Mary’s

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Jake Mendiola had a strong outing has he was able to get key hits in the series.

As the season progresses, the battle for the top of the Lone Star Conference tightens up and Texas A&M Kingsville, after splitting with West Texas A&M this weekend, sit only a game behind the Buffs and Angelo State.
The Javelinas (24-11)(12-8) lit up the boards putting up 35 runs over a span of four games versus the buffaloes and look to continue the heavy hitting with a trip to No. 2  Nationally ranked St. Mary’s .
The game will be a non-conference game but a win today against the Rattlers (31-7) and the Javelinas could possibly make a climb with the Buffaloes at No. 22.
Today’s game against the Rattlers will be a re-match from a game earlier in the season where the Javelinas won at Nolan Ryan field in a convincing 10-1 manner.
The Javelinas finished the game with eight hits and walked seven times. Taylor Taska and Julian Duran each hit their first home runs of the season in the game. Joe Tallerine  tripled and scored three times in the contest.
The Javelina pitching staff was outstanding as seven pitchers combined to allow four hits, one unearned run and two walks while striking out 10. Adam Aspaas was credited with the win in 2.0 shutout innings of relief to improve to 3-1 on the season.
The Hogs are hitting .278 as a team this season and have their top three batters hitting over .300, with Cameron Dulling hitting a team best .354.
If anything were below par for the Hogs it would be the pitching for that took a hit facing the Buffs over the weekend with Zach Pettiford taking his first loss of the season after allowing ten hits and seven earned runs in 5.0 innings.
Denver Diefenbach had a solid relief outing giving up two hits and a run in 3.0 innings of work.
The Javelinas will visit the Rattlers with the game set to begin at 6 p.m. at Wolff Stadium in San Antonio.