Posted: Mar 22, 2013 10:13 PM
Updated: Mar 22, 2013 11:10 PM
KINGSVILLE, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team was seemingly cruising Friday night with Dallas Ponder on the mound and the Javelinas sporting a 6-2 lead over Abilene Christian heading into the seventh inning. The visiting Wildcats answered with 10 runs in the final three innings to take the series opener 12-6 at Nolan Ryan Field.
With the loss Kingsville falls to 19-6 on the season and is 3-2 in the Lone Star Conference. ACU moves to 16-10 and 4-1 in the LSC. The same two teams will meet in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Javelinas scored three times in the bottom of the second. With one away, Matt Perez walked and advanced to second a single on a single by Ryan Guedry. After both advanced on a double steal, Perez scored on a single by James Black with two away. Guedry raced home on a single by Julian Duran, while Black made it 3-0 when he scored on an error by ACU.
After Seth Spivey belted just the second Wildcat home run of the season in the top of third to snap Ponder's scoreless inning streak at 16-2/3 innings, Kingsville added a pair of runs in the bottom of the stanza. Ben Villafuerte led the inning off with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Perez. Cash Barker doubled to drive in Taylor Taska, but was thrown out trying for third before Guedry could score.
The teams traded runs in the fifth as ACU's Spivey drove in Chuck Duarte with a single in the top of the inning. In the bottom, Taska drove in Villafuerte, who led off with a double, for a 6-2. Taska was thrown trying to advance to second on the hit.
ACU erupted for six runs on four hits in the seventh to take an 8-6 lead. Travis Schuetze and Kyle Giusti each had two-run singles. The other two runs in the frame scored on bases loaded walks as Kingsville walked four hitters in the frame.
The Wildcats scored three runs in the eighth and final run in the ninth. In the eighth, Rodge Macy and Kyle Conwell had back-to-back RBI singles. The third run scored off a wild pitch. The final run in the ninth came on an RBI single by Schuetze.
The Javelinas used six pitchers in the game. Dallas Ponder went 6-1/3 allowing five runs on nine hits. He fanned six batters and walked one. Denver Diefenbach, who permitted two runs without recording an out, suffered the loss to fall to 1-1. Combined the six pitchers allowed 12 runs all earned on 14 hits with seven walks and two hit batters. They struck out a total of eight.
Austin Palmer overcame a rough to pitch seven innings. He allowed all six runs with five earned on 10 hits with 6 Ks. Brady Rodriguez pitched two innings of relief allowing one hit, striking out three and walking one.
Villafuerte, who extended his streak of reaching safely to 24 games, led the Javelinas with three hits and two runs scored. Guedry and Black had two hits apiece. Giusti and Spivey led the visitors with three hits apiece, while Schuetze had a game-high three RBI.
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