Apr 11, 2014 9:45 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville
LAWTON, Okla. - The Texas A&M-Kingsville had the offense in full gear Friday afternoon as the Javelinas swept a Lone Star Conference doubleheader from Cameron 11-4 and 10-9.
With the sweep, the Javelins moved to 26-13 overall and 17-8 in the LSC. Cameron is now 12-22 overall and 7-16 in the conference. The teams close out their series tomorrow with a single game at noon.
In the opening game, the Javelinas scored two or more runs in three of seven innings while pounding out 17 hits in defeating Cameron 11-4.
Taylor Taska hit his fourth home run of the season and his first in 29 games in the top of first inning as the Hoggies jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Cameron Starter Brian Schwabe, who earned Lone Star Conference pitcher of the week honors this past week. The blast was one of a game-high four hits for Taska who finished with 4-of-5 with four RBI.
Fellow senior Ryan Guedry helped Kingsville double its lead in the top of the fourth. After Derrick Walls singled and Mile Holcomb walked, Guedry lined a single to left to score each with one out.
Guedry and Taska combined to finish with seven RBI in the opener.
The Aggies cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the fourth as Matt Nilmeyer lined a triple to right-center after a Hoggie error.
Kingsville responded with seven runs over the final three innings, while the hosts added a pair in the sixth.
In the fifth, Taska scored on a 2-out double down the line in left by James Black for a 5-2 advantage.
All three of Kingsville runs in the sixth came with two away. Brian Frazier, Taska and Guedry each had RBI singles. In the seventh, Dustin Aguilar doubled in Justin Lee and scored on a hit by Taska. Walls crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Guedry.
Dallas Ponder (5-1) was the beneficiary of the run support. The senior pitcher allowed four runs with just two earned in five innings. He finished with seven strikeouts and walked only one. The victory was the 20th of his career. Taska pitched the final two innings without permitting a run. He fanned two and gave up a hit.
The offense explosion continued in game two for the Hoggies as they scored two runs In four of the first seven innings en route to an 8-1 advantage.
Taska continued to spark the Javelina offense adding three more RBI as he finished the day with seven. Walls belted his first home as a Hoggie
The Aggies would not go away scoring eight times in the final three innings.
With Kingsville leading 8-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh when the hosts scored five times. The big blow for the Aggies was a grand slam by Codey McElroy off Mitchell Bro as the hosts pulled to within 8-6.
Kingsville added crucial runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Brian Frazier drove in Taska in the eighth, while Aguilar was hit by a pitch and scored on a grounder by Miles Holcomb in the ninth.
After Cody Williams tossed a scoreless eighth, the Javelinas brought closer Ryan Scott in to start the bottom of the ninth with a 10-6 lead.
The Aggies loaded the bases with no outs to start the ninth inning. Scott looked to get out of the inning with minimal damage as he forced a fly ball to left by McElroy. Harold Cannon then hit a grounder to third for a fielder's choice allowing Brandon Raidy to score as James Black had an error.
Nilmeyer singled off Scott to drive in Dillon Leveille to make it 10-8. Taska relieved Scott and, after a wild pitch allowed Cannon to score to make it 10-9, ended the game with a fielder's choice. Taska was credited with his first save of the season.
Denver Diefenbach went six innings in his start improving to a Lone Star Conference best 8-1. He allowed three runs with two earned on five hits. He walked three and sent five down on strikes.
Bro allowed three earned runs on one hit, a walk and hit batter in 2/3 of an inning. Hayden James faced one batter to end the seventh, while Cody Williams pitched a scoreless eighth. Scott started the ninth recording two outs but permitted three runs with two earned in
Six of the Javelina runs came off Cameron starter Steve Matta (2-4).
Walls had three of Kingsville's 13 hits in the finale with three runs scored. Four Javelinas including Justin Lee, Taska, Guedry, and Frazier had two hits apiece. Aside from Taska's three RBI, Lee and Walls each had two.
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