Feb 21, 2014 11:07 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville
KINGSVILLE, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team used an 8-run rally with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to race past Texas College 9-2 Friday night snapping a 4-game losing streak in the process.
With the win, the Javelinas move to 3-4 on the season, while the Steers drop to 5-6. The same two teams will conclude their series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available at http://www.sidearmstats.com/tamuk/baseball/.
Trailing 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth frame, the Javelinas exploded for eight runs combining free passes with timely hitting taking a 9-2 lead. Neither team scored after the sixth.
With one away, Ryan Guedry and Justin Lee drew a pair of walks off starting pitcher Gene Swartzenberg, who walked seven in 5-1/3 innings, and advanced a base each on wild pitch. After Julian Duran drew a walk to load the bases, Dustin Aguilar earned an RBI the hard as he was hit by a pitch to bring in Guedry and tie the game at two.
Derrick Walls kept the inning going with a 2-run single off Chris Burroughs through the left side of the infield for Kingsville's first lead. Taylor Taska followed with an RBI double to driving in Aguilar. Walls and Taska raced home on a two-bagger to left by James Black. After Matt Perez walked, Guedry came up for the second time in the inning and doubled into the left field corner for the final two runs.
The Steers struck first with two runs in the top of the third inning off Matt Rhodes. The visitors combined a pair of Javelina errors with a pair of hits. John Negron singled to start the inning and went to second on an infield error. After moving to third on a sacrifice bunt, he scored on a throwing error by Taylor Taska. Caesar Valterria singled to left driving in Eli Nieves for the second run.
Kingsville got a run back in the bottom of the third. Walls led off with a bunt single and went to second on a single up the middle by Taska. After a sacrifice bunt advanced each 90 feet, Walls dashed home on a sacrifice fly by Guedry.
Rhodes earned the win for Kingsville to move to 2-1. He scattered eight hits allowing two runs with one earned. He struck out six hitters and walked one. Mitchell Bro tossed a pair of scoreless innings, while Tres Tyler pitched a scoreless ninth.
Offensively, Kingsville had eight hits with Walls and Taska each recording two hits. Guedry had a game-high three runs batted in.
Swartzenberg suffered the loss as he allowed three runs on three hits and walked seven. Negron and Valterria each had three hits for the Steers.