Posted: Feb 4, 2013 2:16 PM
Updated: Feb 4, 2013 2:29 PM
HOUSTON, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team had a later night than it expected on Sunday as its game against Arkansas-Monticello slated for 7 p.m. didn't start until 9:35 p.m. The 25-run affair ended just after 1 am. Monday morning.
The late hour proved to have little effect on the Javelina offense as the team pounded out 16 runs on 21 hits. The Hoggies (2-1) crossed the plate in seven of nine stanzas at Minute Maid Park en route to a 16-9 win over Arkansas-Monticello (1-2). Kingsville closes out play on Monday against Abilene Christian in a non-conference tilt set to begin at 4 p.m.
Six Javelinas recorded multiple hits led by Taylor Taska and Matt Perez with four apiece. Trent Wagner and Chris Ballou each had three hits, while Ben Villafuerte and Ryan Guedry had two apiece.
Travis Laird, who had a two-run home run in the second inning, and Taska led the way with three RBI each. Taska had a two-run blast in the eighth inning. James Black, Ballou and Wagner all drove in a pair.
Kingsville jumped out to a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second following Laird's two-run shot.
After Monticello took advantage of a pair of defensive miscues in the bottom of the second to tie the game at four, the Javelinas took control for good with a five run third. Taska and Ballou started the scoring with back-to-back hits driving in a run. Following a sacrifice fly by Black, Wagner drove in a pair with a double to left for a 9-4 lead.
The Boll Weevils pulled back to with two, 9-7 with a run in the third and two in the fifth but could get no closer. Kingsville added seven runs in the final four innings.
Denver Diefenbach earned the win on the mound for TAMUK in relief of starter Cody Williams, who tossed 4-1/3 innings in his debut permitting seven runs with just three earned on six hits. Diefenbach pitched 2-2/3 innings allowing a pair of unearned runs on four hits. He fanned four batters. Jeremy Flores and Weston Silverburg each hurled a scoreless inning striking out two.
UAM finished with 11 hits led by Bronson Gilliam with four hits and three runs batted in. Jeff Harvill was credited with the loss allowing five earned runs in two-thirds of an inning.
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