The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelina baseball team fell to the Southern Arkansas Muleriders this weekend in a three game series sweep at Nolan Ryan Field.
The Javelinas entered the contest as the fourth best team in the nation while the Muleriders came into Kingsville ranked thirteenth in the country.
Saturday the Javelinas took part in a double header dropping the first game in 10 innings 8-4. The second contest of the day the Javelina offense was blanked as they fell to the Muleriders once more 3-0.
Designated hitter Ryan Guedry said that losing a series like this can be humbling and its something that this team can build upon going forward in the season.
“Hats off to the Muleriders they played well, they are a heck of a team this is just a humbling experience. None of us expected to lose any especially not get swept,” Guedry said. “We still got a lot of learning to do even though we are a older team, right now its just a learning experience and we will be ready once conference starts, good teams fight back we will be alright.”
The Sunday get away game saw the Javelinas attempt to fight off the sweep against Southern Arkansas.
The Muleriders struck early and often against the Javelinas scoring five runs in the first three innings of play.
The Muleriders got on the board early after
a pick off attempt from starting pitcher Denver Diefenbach got away from first basemen Taylor Taska allowing the Muleriders right fielder Trevor Rucker to advance to second with two outs in the bottom of the second inning.
The next batter up for the Muleriders, catcher Justin Buchanan smoked a RBI single into right field to bring in the first run for Southern Arkansas (1-0).
In the top of the third inning the Javelinas ran into trouble once again designated hitter Jackson McCurdy crushed a double into right center field bringing in shortstop Tyler Cameron to make the score 2-0.
The runs didn’t stop there, after a walk and a hit batter the Muleriders had bases loaded when Buchanan delivered once again this time with a bases clearing double making the score 5-0 in favor of the Muleriders.
The offense for the Javelinas struggled to get any type of run production going for the day and for the whole series. Total the Javelinas where outscored by the Muleriders 18-7 over the weekend.
Southern Arkansas added two more insurance runs in the top of the eight inning bringing the score to 7-0 before the Javelinas added a trio runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Cline Andrews led the inning off with a single to right field and was followed by a single from shortstop Derrick Walls.
Taylor Taska stepped to the plate and delivered a triple to left field that brought in two RBI bringing the Javelinas closer 7-2. After second basemen Matt Perez was hit by a pitch designated hitter Ryan Guedry stepped to the plate and beat out a throw to first, earning himself a RBI and giving the hogs a chance trailing 7-3.
That was all the Javelinas put together during the final game of the series.
The Javelinas left six runners on base during the series finale with Southern Arkansas and combined as a team to go 8-34 in the batters box.
Head coach Jason Gonzales said the lack and hitting and mental mistakes played a big role in the results for his team against Southern Arkansas.
“The lack of hitting this weekend really hurt us, we had way too many innings when we never threatened them,” Gonzales said. “With the guys we have here on the team we are going to get this all worked out.”
“Even though we lost the series, we didn’t lose the lesson. The lesson is lets get right back to work, baseball is a humbling game we got to come out here and get right back to work.” Gonzales added.
The loss for the Javelinas brings their overall record to 2-3 on the season. The Muleriders meanwhile improved their overall record to 6-1.
The Javelinas return to action Friday night when they travel to Victoria to take on the University of Houston-Victoria in a single game with first pitch slated for 5 p.m.