WARRENSBURG, MISSOURI – Costly errors doomed the Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team, as AMK had six errors in the game that led to six unearned runs in route to a 10-5 loss to NCAA Division II South Central Region host
The loss ended the Javelinas season, as they finished with a record of 31-18 for the year.
“You really don’t want it to end like this, but we did things in the game that were uncharacteristic of our team and it ended up costing us in the end,” said head coach Jason Gonzales.
The Javelinas for the second straight game put runs on the board in the first inning. AMK jumped out to quick 2 to 0 lead thanks to Jake Mendiola, who drove in two runs with a one-out single in the bottom half of the inning . Adam Aspaas got through a scoreless top of the first inning on the mound and then.
The Mules would answer back as they scored three runs in the top of the second inning. After the leadoff batter struck out the next four hitters all reached base. They tied the game on a two-run single and took a lead on a two-out single.
The Javelinas could not put together much offense against Mules starting pitcher Lee Stoppelman who allowed just three hits and two walks over the next six innings. During that time, the Mules scored a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning and another insurance run in the sixth to take a 6-2 lead.
The Javelinas finally got another run after being held scoreless for six innings in the eighth inning. Mules gave up a walk and a hit before being removed. Mendiola greeted the relief pitcher Dane Krone with a run-scoring single.
The Mules added two more runs in the ninth inning. The Javelina rallied in the ninth scoring a pair of runs with two outs, but it proved to be too little to threaten the Mules.
Aspaas took the loss for the Javelinas after tossing four innings. Dustin Aguilar, Mendiola and Taylor Taska were the offensive players of the game for the team. Aguilar had a single, two walks and scored three times. Taska went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Mendiola finished with two hits and three RBI’s giving him a team-high 39 on the season.
Coach Gonzales said, “It was a good season for our team, and I think that it is definitely a season we can build on so we can have an even better season next year.
The Javelinas finished the season as only the third team in school history to play in an NCAA Division II Regional tournament.