Posted: Mar 29, 2013 2:35 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2013 2:37 PM
KINGSVILLE, Texas - Starting pitchers Dallas Ponder and Taylor Taska moved to a combine 12-0 on the season Thursday night as the duo led No.-16 Texas A&M-Kingsville to a doubleheader sweep of Tarleton State at Nolan Ryan Field. Tarleton entered the series a top the Lone Star Conference standings.
With the sweep, Kingsville moves to 22-8 on the season and to 6-4 in the LSC. TSU (18-10-1, 7-3) entered the weekend with a 7-1 league mark and 18-8-1 record. The two sides meet again tomorrow at 1 p.m. in another doubleheader.
Ponder tossed his second complete game of the season in the 7-inning, twin-bill opener versus Tarleton. It was his second individual shutout of the season with two combined shutouts as well. The Javelinas now have seven shutouts on the season setting a new school record.
Ponder scattered four hits, struck out four and walked one. He allowed runners to advance into scoring position in only the fourth inning as the Texans had runners at second and third with two away. The junior received help from catcher Cash Barker who threw out three runners trying to steal second base in the first three innings of the game.
Kingsville got on the board with a single run in the fourth. Chris Ballou singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Perez, and scored on a single to left by Ryan Guedry.
The Javelinas added three more runs off Texan starter Miguel Ramirez (4-1), who allowed 10 hits in the game in suffering his first loss of the year, in the fifth. Julian Duran singled to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt by Dustin Aguilar, Duran scored on a 2-out single up the middle by Barker. Taska followed with a triple before scoring on a single by Ballou.
The Javelinas 2-3-4-5 hitters (Barker, Taska, Ballou, and Perez) finished the game 8-of-11 with three RBI and three runs scored.
In the second game, Taska tossed six scoreless innings allowing six hits with two walks and a pair of Ks. He has not allowed a run in 21-2/3 innings over seven appearances.
Three relievers finished off the visitors. Denver Diefenbach tossed a perfect seventh, while Cody Williams allowed an unearned run in the eighth, and Tres Tyler pitched a scoreless ninth.
After Perez, who had a game-high three hits, singled to lead off the second inning and scored on a two-hit by Trent Wagner, the Javelinas scored twice in the third. With one gone, Taska doubled and went to third on a 2-out single by Perez. James Black drove in Taska, while Perez made it 3-0 scoring on the throw to second.
Perez helped the Javelinas ice the game with three runs in the sixth. He led off the inning with a solo home run. Black followed with a single and went to second as Julian Duran walked. With two away, he scored on a two-out single by Wagner. Wagner raced home for a 6-0 lead on a double down the line in left by Barker.
The Texans scored an unearned run in the eighth.
Matt Buckmaster took the loss for the visitors falling to 4-2.
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