Sports - Javelinas Sports - Javelinas en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:09:27 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Lions Take Advantage of Sloppy Play by Javelinas, Retain Chennault Cup Sports - Javelinas Sat, 20 Sep 2014 3:20:10 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Lions Take Advantage of Sloppy Play by Javelinas, Retain Chennault Cup

ARLINGTON, Texas (Football) - A blocked punt by Joe Crowe gave Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1-2, 0-1 LSC) the quick jolt it needed, but Texas A&M University-Commerce (2-1, 1-0 LSC) took advantage of Kingsville's offensive miscues and earned its third consecutive victory in the battle for the Chennault Cup, 55-20, on Saturday morning at AT&T Stadium. The game was the opener of the 2014 Lone Star Conference Football Festival.


With the loss, the Javelinas fall to 1-2 on the year and 0-1 in the LSC. Kingsville leads the Chennault Cup series 13-5.


"When you turn the ball over as much as we did today, the outcome will not be what you want it to be," said head coach David Calloway. "We started off with the blocked punt and the rushing touchdown, but ultimately, we have to take care of the ball."


Crowe's blocked punt gave TAMUK's offense the possession of the football on the Lions' 11-yard line. After a false start, Trey Mitchell rushed for five yards, found Jordan Thomas for a six yard completion and powered his way to the end zone for his third rushing touchdown of the season - a five yard rush - to give the Javelinas a 6-0 lead with 10:19 remaining.


The Lions responded with seven plays for 72 yards and connected on their extra-point opportunity to take a 7-6 advantage with 8:35 left in the opening quarter. Sloppy play late in the first quarter allowed A&M-Commerce to close out the frame with a 17-6 lead.


A fumble forced by Mark Savere was recovered by Trevor Pesek and Marquis Cardinal Jr. and Mitchell combined to lead Kingsville downfield. Capped off by Mitchell's second rushing touchdown of the game, Cardinal rushed for 30 yards and caught a 10-yard pass on the drive to cut TAMUK's deficit to 17-13 with just under 10 minutes left to play in the first half.


At halftime, the Lions were in complete control, leading 38-13 and continued its surge in the second half en route to a 55-20 victory. Alex Rios connected with Patrick LaFleur in the latter stages of the fourth quarter for the Javelinas.


LaFleur was the leading receiver, finished with eight catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. Mitchell gained 56 yards on the ground on 12 carries. Trevor Pesek recorded nine tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery and Darius Lively registered six total tackles.


"We need to put this behind us and focus on improving for our next game at McMurry," said Henry Greathouse. "Defensively, we need to do our job and help out our offense and special teams."

The Javelinas head to McMurry University (1-0) for a 6 p.m. slate on Saturday, Sept. 27.


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Javelinas Stand Tall in 17-14 Defeat over Mavericks Sports - Javelinas Sun, 14 Sep 2014 3:09:08 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas Stand Tall in 17-14 Defeat over Mavericks

KINGSVILLE, Texas (Football) - Trey Mitchell jump-started Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1-1) to a 7-3 lead with a 67-yard run on the Javelinas' opening drive and the defense finished with 97 total tackles as Kingsville defeated Colorado Mesa University (1-1), 17-14, on Saturday evening at Javelina Stadium.


The defense, highlighted by seniors Henry Greathouse and Trevor Pesek's combined 21 tackles, was locked in all evening, registering six forced fumbles and four quarterback hits. The Javelinas added five sacks for 35 yards and limited the fast paced offense of the Mavericks to 6-of-17 on third-down conversions and 0-of-4 on fourth-down opportunities.


"Once our defense got rolling, everyone was cognizant of what our game plan was and we all held ourselves accountable," said Greathouse. "We definitely worked on improving on some things and it was good to give our crowd a win tonight."


Playing with a heavy heart days after his grandfather's passing, Mitchell showed just how tough the new signal caller for the Javelinas is.


"I felt good tonight, but good play or bad play, you forget about it and move on to the next possession," said Mitchell. "The play definitely boosted the offense and the defense shined out there tonight. The offensive line made it easy for me to find open lanes and pick my spots to run tonight. They worked hard all evening and made it easy for our offense to click. I knew my grandfather was on my side tonight and it really felt good to end with a win."


The win put an emphatic end to a nine-game losing streak dating back to last season and marked the first time that a player rushes for two touchdowns in a game since Greg Pitre and Cornelius Shackelford did so against McMurry University last season (Sept. 21). The 67-yard rush for a score was also the longest touchdown run since Pitre's 89-yard carry against the Warhawks.


Mitchell's sensational run gave the Javelinas a 7-3 lead, but a miscue in the end zone on the ensuing possession led to a safety for the Mavericks to cut CMU's deficit to 7-5. However, Mitchell capped off a 10-play, 56-yard drive with his second rushing touchdown of the first quarter as the Javelinas ended the opening frame with a 14-5 advantage.


At halftime, the Javelinas led 14-12. Pesek registered six first-half tackles and Forker, Savere and Greathouse each added five tackles apiece.


TAMUK began the second half with a field goal to take a 17-12 lead with 10:22 left to play in the third quarter. A second safety with 3:10 left in the third led to two points for the Mavericks as CMU was now just a field goal away from tying the contest.


A late fumble gave CMU one last crack at potentially tying the contest as the Mavs recovered a fumble on the Kingsville 23-yard line, but back-to-back tackles for losses (Kyle Williams and Kamen Ruelas on the first play and Pesek and Trey Oliver on the next run) forced a third-and-17 for Colorado Mesa. After an incomplete pass, CMU's kicker attempted a 47-yard field goal but missed short of the uprights and the Javelinas took over with 5:07 left to play.


A 13-yard rush by Mitchell and a 35-yard rush by Joe Te'o put TAMUK on the CMU 22-yard line. With 1:36 remaining and with Kingsville 11 yards away from a first down, Mitchell ran for six yards, and followed with another six-yard rush, this time on fourth-and-five, to clinch the victory for the Javelinas.


Te'o finished with 70 yards rushing and Mitchell ended his second game as a Javelina with 106 yards on the ground and 72 yards passing. Defensively, Darius Lively and Mark Savere added nine tackles and Savere, Williams, Ruelas, Braedon Robinson, Anthony Forker, DeVon Rhodes and Joshua Toki added a tackles for losses. Pesek finished with three quarterback hits and as a unit, TAMUK recorded 14 tackles for losses (50 yards).


"Defensively, we made stops when we needed to and held a great offensive team to 14 points," said head coach David Calloway. "Offensively, we got off to a quick start and managed the ball late in the game and it led to a quality win."


TAMUK heads to the 2014 Lone Star Conference Football Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20 to take on Texas A&M University-Commerce in the opening game at AT&T Stadium. Kickoff is slated for a 10 a.m. start.


For full coverage of Javelina football, please follow @JavelinaFB and @Javelinasdotcom on Twitter, like /JavelinaNation on Facebook or visit, the official home of Kingsville athletics.


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Washington Earns LSCs First Special Teams Player of the Week Honor of 2014 Sports - Javelinas Mon, 8 Sep 2014 3:11:52 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Washington Earns LSCs First Special Teams Player of the Week Honor of 2014

RICHARDSON, Texas (Football) - The first weekly honors of the 2014 campaign were released by the Lone Star Conference office Monday afternoon and redshirt senior Anthony Washington was named the conference's special teams player of the week for the week of Sept. 1-7.


Washington began the second half of Texas A&M University-Kingsville's (0-1) season opener with a 96-yard kickoff return to give the Javelinas a 14-3 edge over Humboldt State University (1-0). The Jacks rallied from behind to defeat the Hogs, 27-14.


The return marks the second consecutive season that Washington returns a kickoff for a touchdown.


Last season, he tied a school record as the Cypress, Texas native returned a kickoff 100 yards in TAMUK's LSC Football Festival victory over Monterrey Tech (stats for game did not count towards NCAA Division II).


Washington added two tackles against the Lumberjacks. The Javelinas return to the field on Saturday, Sept. 13 when they host Colorado Mesa University (1-0) on IBC Bank Hispanic Heritage Weekend. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Javelina Stadium.


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Lumberjacks Ground and Pound Way to Victory Over Javelinas in Season Opener Sports - Javelinas Sun, 7 Sep 2014 7:53:09 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Lumberjacks Ground and Pound Way to Victory Over Javelinas in Season Opener

KINGSVILLE, Texas (Football) - It seemed to be déjà vu as senior Anthony Washington returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to begin the second half but Humboldt State University (1-0) rushed for 241 yards en route to a 27-14 defeat over Texas A&M University-Kingsville (0-1) on Saturday evening at Javelina Stadium.


The 96-yard return is a new school record as last season's 100-yard kickoff return against Monterrey Tech did not count towards NCAA Division II statistics.


The return of 2012 all-American Nick Ricciardulli and the collegiate debut of Ja'Quan Gardner jumpstarted the ground and pound attack that the Jacks used to go 7-4 two seasons ago. Ricciardulli finished with 75 yards and Gardner led all players with 157 yards and a touchdown.


The Javelinas headed to halftime with a 7-3 lead despite fumbling a punt and a missed field goal. After a Jacks field goal to begin the game, newcomers Trey Mitchell and Jordan Thomas connected for the season's first touchdown - a 72-yard pass - with 2:19 remaining in the opening quarter.


After Washington's historic touchdown gave the Hogs a 14-3 edge, the Jacks' special teams stood tall and blocked a Kingsville punt in the end zone, cutting its deficit to 14-10 with nine minutes remaining in the third frame.


The blocked punt seemed to energize the Lumberjacks as HSU took control of the second half, picking off Mitchell on the ensuing drive and later, rushing for a touchdown with 1:01 remaining in the third frame to take a 17-14 lead.


Humboldt State would tack on an additional touchdown and field goal and earned its first victory since 2012, defeating the Javelinas, 27-14.


"We lost in all facets of the game," said head coach David Calloway. "We started off running the ball well and Jordan's play was huge for us, but we could not stop the run defensively. We could not stop the run defensively and Gardner stepped up for them offensively."


"We did not execute our game plan and we did not play as a team," said Washington. "Defensively, offensively and on special teams, we all needed to step up and we did not tonight."


Washington finished with 96 all-purpose yards and two total tackles while Joe Crowe and Lamont Hills combined for 18 tackles. Henry Greathouse and Braedon Robinson each registered a sack.


Mitchell finished 11-of-27 with one touchdown and rushed for 47 yards. Junior transfer Shawn Vasquez added 42 yards on the ground and Greg Pitre gained 35 yards on 10 carries.


TAMUK hosts Colorado-Mesa on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. before hitting the road for the 2014 Lone Star Conference Football Festival on Sept. 20.


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Javelinas Plan Special Events For Opening Weekend Sports - Javelinas Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:41:15 PM Associated Press Javelinas Plan Special Events For Opening Weekend

KINGSVILLE, Texas (Athletics) - The Texas A&M University-Kingsville athletics department has a full schedule of events this weekend packed with Javelina spirit and history.


Kicking off the weekend is the Javelina Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Student Union Building. Joining the Javelina immortals are the 1979 national football championship football team, the 1986 NCAA South Region champion men's cross country squad and the 1986 Lone Star Conference champion women's cross country team.


The 1979 national football championship team defeated Central Oklahoma, 20-14, in the Palm Bowl. The 1986 men's and women's cross country teams won their respective LSC titles with impressive performances to triumph over then-power house Abilene Christian University. The men's cross country team went on to win the NCAA Division II South Central Regional title while the women came in second in the region.


On Saturday at 11 a.m. CT, Kingsville will unveil the Gil Steinke statue at Javelina Stadium. The Hall of Fame coach was a player for the Hogs from 1938-41 and coached the Javelinas from 1954-76. His teams won six national championships and 10 LSC championships. A former Philadelphia Eagles player, he was also named NAIA National Coach of the Year four times and American Football Coaches Association District Coach of the Year twice.


Prior to kicking off the 2014 slate, four reunion teams - the 1959, 1969, 1974 and the 1979 Javelina national championship teams - will be honored. To commemorate these historic football teams, there will be commemorative jersey up for auctions. Fans can own a piece of the Javelina football legacy to pass down to future Hoggies. These special edition gold jerseys can be bid on at


The spirit filled weekend concludes with the Javelinas hosting Humboldt State University at 7 p.m. inside the historic Javelina Stadium.


For more information, please follow @Javelinasdotcom on Twitter and be sure to pick up a copy of the Javelina Highlights, written and edited by Hall of Famer Fred Nuesch every Wednesday.



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Javelinas Picked 7th in LSC Preseason Poll Sports - Javelinas Tue, 29 Jul 2014 2:54:55 PM Lone Star Conference Javelinas Picked 7th in LSC Preseason Poll

CARROLLTON, Texas - Tarleton State was selected to repeat as Lone Star Conference football champion, according to the 2014 LSC preseason poll announced Tuesday.

The league's preseason poll reflects the opinions of LSC head coaches and sports information directors, plus various media representatives from throughout the region.

TSU, which earned a share of the 2013 LSC title with a 5-1 mark, earned first place votes on eight of the 21 ballots to finish with 139 total points.

West Texas A&M was picked second with 127 points and four first-place tallies on the heels of an 11-3 campaign last season that ended in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.

Eastern New Mexico, the 2013 co-LSC champion, was third with 115 points and five top votes, while Midwestern State was fourth with 111 points and two first-place nods.

Angelo State was fifth with 99 points and one top vote, followed by Texas A&M-Commerce sixth (95 points and the remaining first-place vote), Texas A&M-Kingsville seventh (49), and McMurry (21).

The 2014 football season kicks off September 4, and the LSC has eight teams set to compete including McMurry, who joins the league as an affiliate member this season.

After playing seven conference games apiece over the first nine weeks of an 11-week regular season, the LSC's eight football teams will split into two brackets to conduct a two-week conference playoff. The conference champion and playoff seeding will be determined by regular season results with the higher seeds hosting each round.

The top four teams (No. 4 at No. 1 and No. 3 at No. 2) comprise the championship bracket with Week 10 winners playing for the playoff title in Week 11, whereas Week 10 losers will meet for third place. The other half of the bracket includes the remaining four teams with No. 8 at No. 5 and No. 7 at No. 6 in Week 10. The winners will play for fifth-place in Week 11, while the losers meet in the seventh-place game.

Three LSC teams were included in postseason play last season, with WT advancing to the NCAA Division II playoffs, A&M-C playing in the Live United Texarkana Bowl, and TSU being selected for the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl, which was cancelled due to inclement weather.

1. Tarleton State
2. West Texas A&M
3. Eastern New Mexico
4. Midwestern State
5. Angelo State
6. Texas A&M-Commerce
7. Texas A&M-Kingsville
8. McMurry


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1979 Texas A&I Football to be Inducted into Javelina Hall of Fame Sports - Javelinas Sat, 26 Jul 2014 9:25:18 PM Texas A&M Kingsville 1979 Texas A&I Football to be Inducted into Javelina Hall of Fame

KINGSVILLE, Texas-- On Friday, Sept. 5, the Texas A&I University 1979 football squad and staff will be inducted into the Javelina Hall of Fame at ceremonies in the Memorial Student Union Building ballrooms at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The 1979 football team joins the 1986 men's and women's cross country clubs as inductees in this year's Hall of Fame.

35 years ago, the team was picked to finish third in the Lone Star Conference when the preseason polls were released. The 1979 Texas A&I Hoggies not only won the conference title but the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national championship as well. On the road to the national title, the team compiled a 12-1 record and collected the seventh national trophy for the program.

In the three postseason games, the Javelinas defeated Western Colorado, 38-14, in the quarterfinals; Angelo State, 22-19, in the semifinals, and Central Oklahoma, 20-14, in the Palm Bowl in McAllen, the championship game for the NAIA at that time.

At the helm for A&I was Ron Harms. Harms took over the head coaching position two months before the start of the season. He had been the Javelina offensive coordinator in 1974 and 1975 before going to Baylor. On Harms' coaching staff were Pat Aguilar, Doug McCutchen, Pete Murray, Don Pittman, Glenn Starks, Bobby Jack Wright and Robert Young.

The team was jam-packed with talent such as Martin Stroman, Robert Pool, John Herrera and Andy Hawkins.

As starting quarterback, Stroman led the Javelina passing with 1,264 yards. He completed 78 of 162 passes. Pool was a running back for the Javelinas and was the top rusher with 1,189 yards and while Herrera started at wide receiver and led the receiving with 34 catches for 647 yards. As a linebacker, Hawkins topped the tackle chart with 134.

The Hoggies racked up several post-season honors in 1979 as well.

Defensive back, Jafus White was on two All-America squads. Durwood Roquemore and Don Washington also received All-America honors as defensive backs.

Hawkins was the most outstanding defensive player in the NAIA quarterfinal and semifinal games and was chosen for three All-American teams.

Stroman was the outstanding offensive player in the NAIA championship matchup and Herrera was the most valuable offensive player in the quarterfinals.

Defensive lineman, Leroy Seidel was the most valuable defensive player in the quarterfinals and defensive back, Emmuel Thompson was the most valuable player in the NAIA championship.

On the NAIA all-district first team were Hawkins, Herrera, Pool, Thompson, White and offensive lineman Eldon Wilie. Making the All-LSC first unit were Hawkins, Herrera, Pool, Thompson, White and Wilie. Hawkins was LSC all-academic first team.

The Javelina Hall of Fame is one of the oldest collegiate halls in the country, having been initiated in 1972.

Tickets for the banquet are $25 each and may be purchased at or at Tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be no sales at the door the night of the banquet.


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Williams Named Head Coach of Javelina Women's Tennis Sports - Javelinas Tue, 1 Jul 2014 5:21:02 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Williams Named Head Coach of Javelina Women's Tennis

KINGSVILLE, Texas-Autumn Williams is the next head coach of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville women's tennis program, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics & Campus Recreation D. Scott Gines announced on Tuesday.

"Our women's tennis program is 3 years young and positioned to soar. I believe Autumn has the right mix of infectious energy, recruiting savvy, teaching proficiency, and engaging leadership to build a foundation of championship success for Javelina Women's Tennis within the LSC and our region."," stated Gines.

Williams joins the Javelina Athletic Department after four seasons at Clark Atlanta University as the head coach for the Panthers. She also served as a tennis coach in the Chicago Public School System for six years and the Love 2 Serve Tennis Academy coach for four years.

From 2010 until this season, Williams coached the 2011 Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Player of the Year & NCAA Division II Tournament appearance, 2013 SIAC Freshman of the Year, and Second Place in the 2014 SIAC Conference Tournament.

"Coach Williams is a proven team builder and individual instructor with a coaching pedigree that includes multiple Coach of the Year accolades in Division II's most competitive and highly ranked tennis region," said Gines.

As a head coach, she has garnered several accolades such as 2011 SIAC Coach of the Year & Outstanding Coach's Award, and the 2013 SIAC Coach of the Year.

"I am very excited about the opportunity and endeavor at Texas A&M-Kingsville with such a great school and program," said Williams, "I can't wait to meet the team, get started, and put my stamp on the program."

Williams is a 2004 graduate of Clark Atlanta with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Arts and a recent 2009 graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta with a degree in Photographic Imaging.


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Javelinas Hire White-Dean as New Softball Coach Sports - Javelinas Mon, 30 Jun 2014 5:59:42 PM TAMUK.COM Javelinas Hire White-Dean as New Softball Coach

KINGSVILLE, Texas-Betsey White-Dean will be the next head coach added the Texas A&M University-Kingsville this summer, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics & Campus Recreation D. Scott Gines announced on Monday.

"Our goal was to identify a program builder, a tireless worker, a successful recruiter with passion and persistence, and a leader whose body of work includes developing productive pitching staffs and increasing run-productivity," stated Gines.

White-Dean becomes the seventh head coach in the history of Kingsville softball program. She joins the Javelina Athletic Department after three seasons at Seton Hall University as the pitching coach for the Pirates. In all, White-Dean has over eight years of coaching on the secondary and post-secondary level.

From 2012 until this season, White-Dean served as the pitching coach for Seton Hall where she coached three All-Big East players and helped the Pirates reach the Big East tournament for the first time since 2009.

Prior to heading to Seton Hall, she lent her coaching talents to Adelphi University as a pitching and power hitting coach. During her tenure, she coached several players, who achieved various honors such as Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II All-Star and All-Northeast-10 Honors.

Her early years in coaching were spent as the head softball coach at Elba High School in Elba, Alabama in 2008. While at Elba, White-Dean won an area title in her first season and owned G-Force Competitive Fastpitch Training. Her program became a very influential facility for female athletes in the south Alabama and northwest Florida.

During her free time, she worked various camps at universities such Rutgers, Notre Dame, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and Hofstra.

"She is a terrific person and really worked well with the campers, said Jay Nelson, head coach of Rutgers University softball, "We were pleased with the work that she did."

White-Dean attended Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida from 2000-02. As a freshman, she was named to the Panhandle Conference All-Conference Team at second base, while being named All-Conference as a pitcher in her sophomore season. White was also named GCCC College Athlete of the Year as a sophomore as well. After her time at GCCC, she received a scholarship to play at Lipscomb University from 2002-05. At Lipscomb, she twice finished second on her team in home runs.

"The LSC is the most successful and competitive Division II softball conference in the nation at this time," said Gines, "Coach White-Dean has valuable experience re-building a Division II program to post-season success, a strong coaching pedigree, and a clear vision for how to elevate Javelina softball within the LSC and our region."


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Javelina Men Finish 4th at NCAA DII Track & Field Championships Sports - Javelinas Sat, 24 May 2014 10:09:55 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Javelina Men Finish 4th at NCAA DII Track & Field Championships

Allendale, Mich. - The Texas A&M-Kingsville men's track & field team finished with their outdoor season with a fourth place finish in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Allendale, Mich. The fourth place finish ties for the team's best finish ever in the national meet. The Javelinas finished with 49 points. The winners of the meet, St. Augustine's had a point total of 112. Adams State finished in second place with 67 points and Ashland came in third place with 53.


Tim Price was crowned men's 100m and 200m dash national champion and an All-American on Saturday. Price finished the men's 100m dash with a time of 10.49 and the men's 200m dash with a time of 20.75. He also finished with the highest individual point total for the meet with 21.3 points.


Sergio Rios placed fourth, in the men's 400m hurdle final, with a time of 51.35. With Rios placing in the top 8 of competition, he is an All-American in his event.

Javan Gray competed in the men's javelin and finished in fifth place with distance of 212'-9" (64.85m). With his mark, Gray is an All-American for the season in his event.


In the men's pole vault, Jordan Yamoah finished in second place and tied with Bret Myers of Grand Valley State with a height of 17' - 4. 5" (5.30m). This is Yamoah's fourth time being named an All-American for his event.


The Kingsville men's 4x100m relay team (Jonathan Woodson, Anthony Washington, Corbin Whalum, and Tim Price) placed in the top 8 of the event and earned All-American honors. The relay team finished with a time of 40.51.


Kaina Martinez picked up her first All-American nod in the women's 100m dash. Martinez finished with a time of 12.05.


The Javelinas end their season on a high note as the team heads back to Kingsville.


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Robinson Wins National Title, Two Javelinas Qualify For Finals Sports - Javelinas Fri, 23 May 2014 7:44:22 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Robinson Wins National Title, Two Javelinas Qualify For Finals

Allendale, Mich. -Texas A&M-Kingsville's, Jeron Robinson was crowned the national champion in the men's high jump on Friday. Robinson won the title, tied the NCAA Division II Outdoor all-time record and set a new championship meet record with a flight of 7'-6. 5"(2.30m). He bested his own height from the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Championship which was 7'-3" (2.21m).

Tim Price qualified for the men's 200m dash final with a time of 20.76. Michal Idziak also qualified for the men's 800m run final with a time of 1:51.30.
The Hoggies will continue competition in an effort to bring some championship hardware back to Kingsville on Saturday.

Kingsville athletes who will compete on Saturday are: Javan Gray (men's javelin), Jordan Yamoah (men's pole vault), C.J. Griggs (men's triple jump), Valerie Vrana (women's shot put), Amanda Haven (high jump), Amber Perry (400m run), Kathy Trevino (400m run), 4x100m men's relay team (Anthony Washington, Corbin Whalum, Jonathan Woodson, and Tim Price), (Sergio Rios) (men's 400m hurdles), Amber Perry (women's 400m dash), and Kaina Martinez (women's 100m dash) .

Check on for updates about the completion and to see what Javelinas will be bringing championships back to Kingsville.

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Gonzales and Dall Inked With Javelinas Until 2016 Sports - Javelinas Wed, 21 May 2014 5:54:49 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Gonzales and Dall Inked With Javelinas Until 2016

KINGSVILLE, Texas - Texas A&M-Kingsville Head Men's and Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Coach Ryan Dall and Head Baseball Coach Jason Gonzales have both signed multi-year contracts. The contract extensions will keep the championship winning coaches at Kingsville through May 2016.


"Jason and Ryan are both completing their 6th seasons, and together they enjoy a long list of Coach of the Year, NCAA post-season, conference champion, all region, and national champion honors," stated Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation D. Scott Gines. "The programs they lead are among the best in the Lone Star Conference, our Region, and within NCAA II nationally."


Over his six years at Kingsville, Coach Dall has developed a long list of National Champions, All-Americans and All-Conference athletes. He recently coached the men's track and field team to their first LSC Outdoor Track & Field Championship since 1970. The team scored 175 points to win the meet by 22-points and won eight individual titles as well a relay crown. He has also helped Tim Price achieve overall honors this season as he was awarded the Cap Shelton Award for outstanding male track athlete of the year. The Javelinas are ranked fourth in the national team rankings. Jeron Robinson, Jordan Yamoah and Price are each ranked No. 1 in their respective events and six other athletes are ranked in the top ten of their events. Dall is the 2014 LSC Men's Outdoor Track-Field Coach of the Year and USTFCCCA DII South Central Region Coach of the Year. The men's and women's track team will be competing in NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Meet in Allendale, Mich. from May 22nd - 24th.


Coach Gonzales has been equally successfully during his tenure in Javelina Land. He has built a program that consistently contends for Lone Star Conference titles, averaging 40 wins over the past two seasons. In 2014, he produced 11 all-conference players, 7 first-team, 3 second-team and 1 honorable mention. Gonzales has also helped two players achieve overall honors this season as Denver Diefenbach was named LSC Academic Player of the Year and Derrick Walls, LSC Player of the Year. He led the Javelinas to the 2014 LSC Regular Season Championship and the 2013 LSC Tournament Championship, advancing to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Baseball Tournament title game each year. Gonzales is the 2014 LSC Coach of the Year.


"They accomplished what we asked them to do in grassroots ways - recruit South Texas, be great teacher-coaches, craft a vision for success, work your plan, and build it to last," said Gines of their accomplishments.


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Javelinas defeat the Hilltoppers, 9-2, in First Game of Regional Play Sports - Javelinas Thu, 15 May 2014 5:05:12 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas defeat the Hilltoppers, 9-2, in First Game of Regional Play

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Texas A&M - Kingsville baseball team defeated St. Edward's University, 9-2 on Thursday in Game 3 of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Baseball Tournament in Grand Junction, Colo.


Kingsville dominated the game scoring nine runs through seven innings before the Hilltoppers got on the board in the eighth inning.


Kingsville scored four runs in the bottom of the first and third innings. The first inning runs came as Brian Frazier hit a double into center field and drove in Matt Perez and Derrick Walls. Walls reached first base with a single to left center field, and advanced to second when Perez walked, 2-0. In the bottom of the third inning, Taylor Taska singled through the left side and drove in Travis Laird, 3-0. Laird walked to reach first, advanced to second after Walls hit a sacrifice bunt, and advanced to third when Perez singled. Kingsville's fourth run came in as Ryan Guedry fouled out to left field but drove in Perez, 4-0. Perez singled to reach first, advanced to second base on Taska's single, and advanced to third base on Frazier's single.


In the bottom of the fourth inning, Miles Holcomb knocked a home run over the right field wall, 5-0. Holcomb now has three home runs for the season. Four batters later, Taska sent a bomb over the center field wall and drove in Perez and Walls, 8-0. Walls singled to reach first base and stole second base. Perez walked to reach first base. Dustin Aguilar scored the lone run of the seventh inning when Guedry singled to center field, 9-0.


St. Edward did not get their first hit and runs until the eighth inning. Kevin Mayo received the first hit for the Hilltoppers when he singled through the left side. The two runs for St. Edward's came in when Wes Koenig doubled down the right field line and drove in Mayo and Miles Wright. Wright walked to reach first base and advanced to second base on Mayo's single.


Dallas Ponder (8-2) picked up the win for the Javelinas. He pitched eight innings with two runs with two earned on three hits. Ponder threw 101 pitches, faced 27 batters, and struck out eight.


Brannon Easterling (11-5) suffered the loss for St. Edward's. He pitched 3.2 innings with seven runs with seven earned on eight hits.


The Javelinas will play the winner of Game 2 between West Texas A&M and Tarleton State on Friday at 7 p.m. (Mountain Time) / 8 p.m. (Central Time).


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Javelinas Draw 10am Game For Lone Star Festival Sports - Javelinas Tue, 13 May 2014 2:23:14 PM TAMUK.COM Javelinas Draw 10am Game For Lone Star Festival

RICHARDSON, Texas - The Lone Star Football Festival returns to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the fourth straight year in 2014, and will feature four games in a single day on Saturday, September 20.

The lineup includes two Lone Star Conference tilts and a pair of non-conference games featuring opponents from the Gulf South Conference. Texas A&M-Commerce faces Texas A&M-Kingsville, and Midwestern State goes against Eastern New Mexico in league action. West Texas A&M plays Shorter (Georgia), and Tarleton State meets Florida Tech in non-conference play.

The action starts at 10 a.m. with Texas A&M-Commerce vs. Kingsville, followed by West Texas A&M vs. Shorter at 1 p.m., Tarleton State vs Florida Tech at 5 p.m., and Midwestern vs. Eastern New Mexico at 8 p.m. to conclude the football-filled day.

A single ticket will be good for admission to all four games at the festival, with sales to begin in early June. Advance purchases will be rewarded with rates of $25 for adults and $10 for students, whereas game-day pricing at the AT&T Stadium ticket windows will be $30 for adults and $12 for students.

"We're set for another great event at what is undoubtedly one of the premier football stadiums around," LSC Commissioner Stan Wagnon said. "The festival is such a great opportunity for our students and coaches, but it's also a real treat for the fans because they can buy one ticket and watch four college football games in the comfort of AT&T Stadium."

The opening game is a battle for the Chennault Cup between the Lions and Javelinas as the long-standing rivalry will be played for the 62nd time, with Kingsville leading the series 37-23-1. The Javelinas started the 2013 season 2-0 but lost their final eight games to finish 2-8. Commerce had a turnaround season at 7-5, just one year after going 1-9.

It will be the first-ever meeting between the Buffaloes and Hawks. West Texas A&M was 11-3 last season with its memorable season ending in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals. Shorter is in its first season as a full NCAA Division II and GSC member.

The Texans and Panthers will play for the initial time. Tarleton was 7-3 last season and claimed a share of its third LSC title with a 5-1 league record, while Florida Tech went 5-7 overall in 2013, its first-ever season to field a team.

The day concludes with the 20th meeting between the Mustangs and Greyhounds, with MSU holding a 14-5 series advantage. ENMU won its final six games in 2013 to earn a share of the LSC title for the first time since the 1991 season, while the Mustangs extended their LSC best string of winning seasons to 14 by finishing with a 7-3 mark.

The festival has attracted more than 86,000 fans for 16 games in its first three years, making it one of the best-attended football events in all of Division II. Fourteen of those 16 games have been televised, bringing extensive exposure to LSC member institutions and their football teams. The festival also has featured five NFL Draft picks and eight NCAA playoff teams, including the 2012 Division II National Champion Valdosta State.

The LSC, founded in 1931, has a proud history as one of the nation's greatest small college football leagues. The conference made its mark in the NAIA, especially from 1969 to 1979 when four LSC schools combined to win 10 national titles in that 11-season span. The LSC became affiliated with the NCAA in 1982 and now is annually well represented in the Division II playoffs, with more than a dozen former players currently on NFL rosters.

AT&T Stadium is the largest, most technologically advanced entertainment venue in the world. Designed by HKS and built by Manhattan Construction, the $1.2 billion stadium features two monumental arches, the world's largest HDTV video board cluster, an expansive retractable roof and the largest retractable end zone doors in the world.

Features of the stadium include seating for 80,000 and expandability for up to 100,000, over 300 luxury suites, club seating on multiple levels and the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop, open to the public year round. The stadium is also home to a world-class collection of contemporary art, made up of over 50 pieces from an international array of curated artists displayed on the walls and in the grand public spaces of the venue.

In addition to being the home of the Dallas Cowboys since opening in 2009, the stadium has hosted Super Bowl XLV, the 2010 NBA All Star Game, the annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, and the 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four. In 2015 it will be home to the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game. The venue has also played host to high school and college football, concerts, championship fights and other special events. For more information, go to

2014 Lone Star Football Festival Schedule (All times Central)

Saturday, September 20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas

10:00 am: Texas A&M-Kingsville vs. Texas A&M-Commerce

1:00 pm: Shorter vs. West Texas A&M

5:00 pm: Florida Tech vs. Tarleton State

8:00 pm: Eastern New Mexico vs. Midwestern State




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LSC Honors Javelina Pitcher Diefenbach Sports - Javelinas Wed, 7 May 2014 10:04:23 PM TAMUK.COM LSC Honors Javelina Pitcher Diefenbach

KINGSVILLE, Texas - Texas A&M-Kingsville pitcher Denver Diefenbach led the Lone Star Conference Baseball All-Academic Team, as the league's annual postseason awards were announced prior to the start of this week's LSC Baseball Championship.

Diefenbach was tabbed Academic Player of the Year to headline the All-Academic team. A graduate student from Victoria, Texas, he leads the league in wins with a 9-3 record including a stretch with seven straight LSC victories. Diefenbach has appeared in 13 games with a 3.10 ERA.

Diefenbach was joined by Javelina teammate Dallas Ponder; Angelo State's David Goggin and Christian Summers; Tarleton State's Alvaro Moreno; Cameron's Brad Blumer; West Texas A&M's Scott Cone and Tyler McKnight; and Eastern New Mexico's Rafael Romo.

Blumer was recognized for the third time in his career.

To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.30 grade point average and have reached sophomore status both athletically and academically. The Academic Player of Year award and All-Academic Team are selected from the list of academically qualified players, with the league's sports information directors voting on the basis of both academic and athletic achievement.




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Kingsville Mens Track & Field Team Win LSC Outdoor Title Sports - Javelinas Sun, 4 May 2014 8:29:17 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Kingsville Mens Track & Field Team Win LSC Outdoor Title

KINGSVILLE, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville men's track & field team won their first Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship for the first time since 1970. This is the first conference championship the team has won under Head Coach Ryan Dall.


The Javelinas scored 175 points over the course of three days to become champions. Angelo State placed second with 153 points and Texas A&M-Commerce came in third with 114 points.


The women's track & field team placed fourth overall with 92 points. The team finished behind Tarleton State who had 122.5 points and ahead of McMurry University who had 67 points.


Kingsville dominated in the sprinting events for the championship with Tim Price, Amber Perry and Olympian Kaina Martinez.


Price won LSC titles in the men's 100m and 200m dashes. His time in the 100m dash was, a new personal best, 10.19 and in the 200m dash, 20.89. Martinez won LSC titles in the women's 100m and 200m dashes. Her times in both events were new personal best. Martinez's time in the 100m dash was 11.50 and the 200m dash, 24.08. Perry won the LSC title for the women's 400m dash with a time of 56.09.


Sergio Rios was crowned LSC champion in the men's 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles finals. His time in the 110m hurdles was a new personal best of 14.18 and in the 400m hurdles, 52.49.


Kingsville (Jonathan Woodson, Anthony Washington, Corbin Whalum, Tim Price) won the LSC title for the men's 4x100m relay with a time of 40.48.


In the field events, the Javelinas walked away with two titles. Jeron Robinson won the LSC title for the men's high jump with a height of 7'-3. 01" (2.21m). Javan Gray claimed the LSC men's javelin title with a new personal best mark of 215'-10. 55" (65.80m).


Trent Hesseltine came in second place in the men's high jump final with a height of 6'-11. 07" (2.11m). Christian Garcia placed fifth in the men's discus final with a new personal best mark of 156'- 6. 34" (47.71m).


In the men's 800m run final, Michal Idziak placed third with a time of 1:55.09. Idziak ran in the men's 1500m run final and placed third with a time of 4:02.86.



Brianna Bartosch placed fourth in the women's 100m hurdle finals with a new personal best time of 14.27.


In the women's high jump final, Amanda Haven finished in second place with a height of 5'-5. 75" (1.67m). Haven also place fourth in the women's long jump final with a length of 18'-9. 98" (5.74m). Alexis Williams placed second in the women's pole vault final with a height of 11'-4. 61" (3.47m).


The Javelinas next meet will be in Kingsville for the Texas A&M-Kingsville Last Chance Meet on May 11th as athletes try for better marks to make the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Championships.



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Javelina Baseball Splits Double Header To Close Regular Season Sports - Javelinas Sat, 3 May 2014 9:56:51 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Javelina Baseball Splits Double Header To Close Regular Season

STEPHENVILLE, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team split with Tarleton State in their last doubleheader to end the regular season, 4-3 and 10-8.


Tarleton ends their season 26-22, overall and 16-18 in conference.


Game two proved to be a heated battle between the Texans and Javelinas.


In the first inning, Kingsville scored the first run of the game when Derrick Walls came across home plate after Ryan Guedry reached on a fielder's choice, 1-0.


Tarleton would answer with five runs in the bottom of the inning. To start the scoring rally, Alvaro Moreno came across home plate after Garrett Kilgore hit a sacrifice fly to center field, 1-1. Moreno doubled to get on second and advanced to third after Rustin Thomas singled through the left side. Thomas scored on a passed ball, 2-1.


Jonathan Schmitz scored for the Texans when Luke Slentz singled up the middle, 3-1. Schmitz got on base with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a passed ball. Slentz came across home plate with a single to right field from Jake Klauck, 4-1. Slentz singled to reach first, advanced to second on an error and to third when Kevin Meredith single to third base. The last run of the inning came when Meredith scored on an error, 5-1.


The Javelinas scored one run in the third, fourth, and fifth inning while Tarleton scored just two in the fourth. In the third inning, Kingsville's run was scored when Miles Holcomb drove in Matt Perez with a sacrifice fly to left field, 5-2. Travis Laird hit a home run in the fourth to make the score, 5-3.


Thomas would respond for the Texans with a two run homer and drove in Christopher Patton, 7-3.


The Hoggies scored the only run of the fifth inning when Julian Duran hits a home run, 7-4.


Kingsville erupted late in the game by scoring four runs in the sixth inning and two in the eighth. Laird scored the first run of the sixth when Duran hit a fly ball in to center field, 7-5. He walked to reach first base, advanced to second on a single by Jimmy Roche, and to third on an error. The second run came as Roche scored when Perez doubled to left field, 7-6. He reached first with a single and advanced to second on an error. Walls scored the third run as he came in after Guedry grounded out to the short stop, 7-7. He reached first on an error and advanced to third as Perez doubled. The last run of the inning was scored when Cline Andrews walked and drove in Perez, 8-7.


In the eighth inning, Holcomb scored the Hoggies two runs when he homered to drive in Ryan Fickel, 10-7.


Tarleton would score the last run of the game in the ninth inning. Slentz drove in Noel Navarez on a fielder's choice, which resulted in Jared Musgrove being out on the play.


Ryan Benitez (4-1) snaps up the win for the Javelinas with 3.1 innings pitched with no runs with none earned on two hits. Hayden James picks up his first save of the season with one run with one earned on three hits.


Troyal Yosko (2-3) suffered the loss for the Texans as he pitched .2 innings with one run with one earned on one hit.


In game one, Kingsville scored the first run in the first inning when Perez singled through the right side to drive in Walls. Walls walked to first and reached second on an error in a failed pickoff attempt, 1-0.


The Texans countered with a two run second inning. The first run came in as Evan Robinson hitting a single through the left side drove in Kilgore, 1-1. Kilgore walked to first, advanced to second when Slentz was walked, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Slentz scored the second run when Moreno hit a sacrifice fly to center field, 2-1. He walked to first, advanced to second on a passed ball, and advanced to third when Robinson singled.


Laird scored the only run of the third inning, for the Javelinas, when he homered, 2-2.


Kingsville escaped the fourth inning with a fantastic triple play. Robinson lined out to Walls, at shortstop that threw to Perez at second base and he threw to Taylor Taska at first base. Robinson, Meredith and Slentz were all out on the play.


Tarleton scored another two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Nevarez doubled down the left field line and drove in Thomas and Musgrove, 4-2. Musgrove reached first after he singled to right field and advanced to second after Thomas reached on a fielder's choice.


Kingsville tried to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh inning but fell short. The Javelinas scored just one run when Walls singled up the middle to drive in Holcomb, 4-3. Holcomb walked to first, advanced to second when Andrews hit a fly ball to right field, and moved to third when Laird hit a fly ball to right field.


Denver Diefenbach (9-3) suffered the loss for Kingsville as he pitched 4.1 innings with four runs with four earned on five hits.


Robert Baker (6-6) picked up the win for the Texans with a complete game. He ended the game with three runs with two earned on five hits.


The Javelinas wrap up regular season play with a 34-16 overall, and 24-11 in conference. The team prepares to host the LSC Baseball Post Season Tournament from May 8th - 10th.



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LSC Outdoor Track & Field Championship Underway at TAMUK Sports - Javelinas Thu, 1 May 2014 9:00:33 PM TAMUK.COM LSC Outdoor Track & Field Championship Underway at TAMUK

KINGSVILLE, Texas - Thursday opened the competition of the 2014 Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville.

The weekend's competition started with the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon multi event. After four events, Angelo State's Jordan Gray is in first place for the women's heptathlon with 3,181 points. Seth Pearson of Angelo State is in first place of the men's decathlon with 3,671 points after four events.


The weekend looks to be huge for the Javelinas as several runners are on track to break records. For the men's side, Michal Idziak is on pace to set a record time in the men's 800m run after his performance at the LSU Alumni Gold Meet.


On the women's team, Claudia Fernandez (1500m run), and Valerie Rodriguez (800m run) are on their way up the list of records set by Javelina women in their events.


There will also be Javelinas defending conference titles. Amber Perry will be defending her title in the women's 400m dash this weekend. Jeron Robinson is competing to repeat his win from last season in the men's high jump


Teams competing at the LSC Championship include Texas A&M-Kingsville, Angelo State, McMurry, Tarleton State, Harding, Eastern New Mexico, Texas A&M-Commerce and Midwestern State (women only).


In the championship meet, regardless of the number of teams, official team scores shall be kept and recorded for the top eight competitors in each event. The points will be awarded as follows: Individual Events (1st -8th place): 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 and Relay Events (1st - 8th place): 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. Medals will be awarded to the top-three individual finishers in each event along with the top-three teams in relay events.


Competition is set to resume at 10:30 a.m. with the decathlon first on Friday.


To follow the action of the 2014 LSC Outdoor Track & Field Meet, please visit:





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Javelinas Sweep Rams, Earn Share Of Conference Title Sports - Javelinas Sat, 26 Apr 2014 9:31:27 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas Sweep Rams, Earn Share Of Conference Title

KINGSVILLE, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team closed out the home portion of its regular-season schedule on Saturday by moving to within one win and a West Texas loss of ensuring more baseball to be played at Nolan Ryan Field the second weekend of May.

The Javelinas (33-14 overall and 23-9) clinched a series sweep of Angelo State (25-22, 14-18) with an 8-0 win in the first game on Saturday followed by a 14-4 run-rule victory in game two in seven innings. Combined with Friday's 2-1 win, the Hoggies outscored the Rams 24-5 in the three-game series.

With the sweep, and West Texas A&M losing two of three in its series with Tarleton State, the Javelinas clinched a share of the regular-season Lone Star Conference championship and enter the final weekend three games up on WT. If Kingsville wins one game next week in its 3-game set at Tarleton State, the Hoggies will play host to the Lone Star Conference Championship May 8-10 and win the regular-season title outright. With the Buffaloes winning the season series 4-3 over the Javelinas, Kingsville must finish a game ahead to host the tournament.

In the first game, the Javelinas quickly took the lead in the bottom of the first inning sending 11 hitters to the plate in their first turn. Kingsville managed to take advantage of walks to four of the first five batters by Angelo State starting pitcher Jason Zgardowski (4-5), who permitted five earned runs in a third of an inning.

Ryan Guedry drove in the first run with a single, while James Black drew a bases loaded walk. Following an RBI single by Clint Wallace, Justin Lee belted a 2-run double for a 5-0 lead.

Kingsville added a pair of runs in the second. Taylor Taska singled and advanced to third on a single by Brian Frazier. Taska would score on a double steal. Guedry scored on a single by Lee, who had a game-high three runs batted in.

The hosts added their final run in the seventh. With one away, Taska singled and crossed the plate on a 2-out single by Black.

With the run support, Denver Diefenbach was nearly untouchable. He picked up his conference leading ninth win tossing a 4-hit complete game. It was his fourth complete-game effort and second shutout.

In the second game, Javelina offense continued to the fireworks crossing the plate 14 times in the first four innings. The game would end after seven innings with the 10-run rule in play.

Leading 3-1 entering the bottom of the third inning, the Hoggies put eight runs on the board as they pounded out eight of the hits. Black's RBI single began the scoring and Dustin Aguilar had a sacrifice fly, while Derrick Walls and Matt Perez each had two run doubles. With two away, Brian Frazier blasted a 2-run home run to left. Black doubled to drive in his second run of the inning for an 11-1 lead.

After the Rams made it 11-2 in the top of the fourth, Kingsville scored its last three runs in the bottom of the inning. Walls and Perez each drew walks with two away before Taska belted his team-leading seventh home run of the season to give Kingsville a 14-2 lead.

ASU scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings including a solo home run by Blake Bass.

Matt Rhodes moved to 6-3 as he tossed five innings. He allowed three runs with two earned on six hits. Tres Tyler pitched the sixth allowing a run on two hits, while Hayden James pitched a perfect seventh.

Jake Feckley moved to 5-4 as he allowed nine runs on eight hits in 2-1/3 innings. The Rams would go through five hitters on the day.

Kingsville finished with 15 hits. Perez led the way with three hits, while Taska, Frazier, Guedry, Black and Laird each had two hits. Taska drove in four runs while, Perez knocked in three.


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Javelinas Win Opener vs ASU, 2-1 Sports - Javelinas Fri, 25 Apr 2014 9:41:32 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas Win Opener vs ASU, 2-1

KINGSVILLE, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team were solid in all phases on Friday night in downing Angelo State 2-1 in Lone Star Conference play at Nolan Ryan Field in the first game of their three-game set.

The Javelinas moved to 31-14 on the season and remained in first in the LSC with a 21-9 record. Angelo falls to 25-20 and 14-16 in the league. The two teams will meet in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday as the team hosts Pack the House, Spirit Day and Greek Day in the final home game. Fifteen Javelina seniors will be recognized between the two games.

With the game tied 0-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the Javelinas scored twice.

Derrick Walls led the inning off with an infield single and moved to second an error by the Rams. Matt Perez drove in Walls with a single to right. With two away after Perez was thrown out at home on a fielder's choice, James Black lined a double to left to drive in Taska.

Starter Dallas Ponder and the Hoggie defense made the lead stand.

For his part, Ponder improved to 7-1 on the season as he scattered six hits. He permitted one unearned run while striking out nine. The senior did not allow a walk. The win was the 22nd of his career as he moves into a second in career wins. He also moved into second all-time with 228 strikeouts.

Cody Williams and Ryan Scott came in to finish the game with each tossing a scoreless inning. Williams threw a perfect eighth, while Scott allowed one hit in the ninth en route to his 10th save of the season.

Defensively, the Kingsville defense turned three double plays with the most important coming in the top of the fifth when ASU scored its one run. Cameron Massengill singled to lead off and went to second as Newhon Norkeh was hit by a pitch. After Ponder threw the ball away on a failed pick-off attempt allowing Massengill to move to third and Norkeh to second, JP Zapata singled up the middle to drive in a run.

With the tying run at third, Ponder got Christian Summers to hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Blake Bass (3-4) suffered the loss. He allowed two earned runs on eight hits.


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