Apr 4, 2014 11:04 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville
KINGSVILLE, Texas - Friday night's Lone Star Conference series opener between Texas A&M-Kingsville and West Texas A&M was a pitching duel for 7-1/2 innings before the Javelinas erupted for eight unanswered runs in the bottom of the eighth en route to a 10-3 come-from behind victory at Nolan Ryan Field.
With the win, the Hoggies pull to with a game of the league-leading Buffs in the Lone Star Conference. Kingsville is now 22-12 on the year and 14-7 in the league. WT falls to 27-7 overall and 15-6 in the LSC.
Heading into the bottom of the eighth, West Texas ace Dylan James (6-2) had limited the Javelinas to just three hits with all coming in the fourth inning as his offense scratched its way to a 3-2 advantage. Meanwhile, Javelina pitchers had allowed just five hits in the first eight frames.
The Javelinas would finally put things together in their final at bat.
Ryan Fickel came off the bench to reach on an error and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Clint Wallace. After advancing to third on a single by Dustin Aguilar, Derrick Walls pushed a perfect bunt down the first-base line to plate Fickel and tie the game at three.
Miles Holcomb broke the 3-3 tie with a hit through the right side of the infield to plate Aguilar. James would be pulled for Paul Lujan after a single by Ryan Guedry drove in Holcomb for a 5-3 Kingsville lead. Brian Frazier kept the inning going with an RBI single. After a Fickel earned a RBI with a bases loaded walk, Wallace closed out the scoring with a 3-run double off Justin Disbro.
Cody Williams was the beneficiary of the 8-run inning. Williams tossed two shutout innings striking out three to move to 2-5 on the year. Ryan Scott allowed two hits in the ninth but didn't allow a run.
The game was knotted at zero until the top of the fourth when the Buffs scored an unearned off Dallas Ponder without posting a hit. Aaron Blair led off with a walk. After moving to second on a grounder, he scored the game's first run on a Ponder throwing error on a play.
Ponder went six innings scattering five hits. He finished with five Ks and permitted three runs with two earned. Ponder walked three.
The Javelinas wasted little time responding as they crossed the plate twice on three hits off James, who did not allow a hit in the first three innings.
With the top of the order at the plate, Walls led off the inning with a single to left. He scored as Holcomb lined a shot into the left field corner. With two away, Holcomb scored on a well-placed single through the right side of the infield by Frazier.
The score remained 2-1 until the top of the sixth inning when West Texas crossed the plate twice on a 2-run double to left by David Hebert.
James allowed seven runs on seven hits with just two earned. He fanned eight Javelinas.
Kingsville had nine hits on the day with Holcomb and Frazier each with two. Six Javelinas drove in a run, while eight different Hoggies crossed the plate.
The two teams will meet in a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
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