Posted: Mar 16, 2013 9:50 PM
Updated: Mar 16, 2013 10:49 PM
SAN ANGELO, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team split a doubleheader with Angelo State on Saturday in a battle of ranked teams in Lone Star Conference play. Kingsville rallied to win the opener 5-4, but was denied a chance to win the series prior to Sunday's finale with a 2-1 loss in game two at Foster Field
The No. 17 Javelinas move to 17-5 on the year, while the No. 12 Rams are now 15-8. Kingsville, who is 2-1 in the LSC season-opening series, will get a chance to go for the series win Sunday at 1 p.m.
In the first game of the twinbill, the Javelinas found themselves down 3-0 after two innings.
In the opening frame, Tyler Coughenour scored the opening run. He was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a single, advanced to third on a steal and scored on a hit by Christian Summers.
In the bottom of the second, Rusty Greer led off with a homer to make it 2-0. Andrew LaCombe doubled and eventually scored on a bunt by Brett David.
The Javelinas chipped their way back into the game. In the top of the third, Kingsville got a run back as Joe Tallerine drew a lead-off walk and moved to second as Ben Villafuerte was hit by a pitch. With one away, Chris Ballou lined a shot through the right side of the infield driving in Tallerine.
In the fifth, Villafuerte ripped a double to right and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a grounder by Tyler Taska to short.
Kingsville tied the game in the sixth as Ryan Guedry came off the bench for a pinch-hit home run to right to knot the game at three. It was his first home run as a Javelina. With one gone, Villafuerte walked and moved to third on a double by Taska. Both scampered home for a 5-3 lead on a single to center by Perez.
Angelo's LaCombe led off the sixth with a single and scored with two outs on a bases loaded walk by Jeremy Flores. Flores got out of the inning by getting Lee Neumann, the LSC Preseason Player of the Year, to hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
Flores closed out the game with a 1-2-3 performance in the seventh for his fifth save of the season. It gives Flores 15 saves in his career which is one shy of Juan Obregon's career mark of 16.
Zachary Pettiford earned the win to move to 3-1. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits with three walks, while striking out seven. Denver Diefenbach faced one batter walking him on four pitches before Flores entered.
Austin Church suffered the loss in relief as he allowed a pair of runs on a hit and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. He relieved Mike Weatherly, who allowed two runs on five hits in 4-2/3 innings. Michael Lange closed out the final five outs allowing a run on three hits.
In the second game, each team scored a single run in the first.
Tallerine doubled to start the game and moved to third on a single by Villafuerte off Jake Feckley. With one away, Ballou hit a sacrifice fly to right plating Tallerine.
The Rams answered immediately. With one away, Neumann singled with two away. He then scored as Summers tripled in the gap in right-center field tying the game at one.
Angelo took a 2-1 lead in the second as LaCombe lined a single with one away. He scored on a two-out hit by Coughenour.
Kingsville could not pull off a second comeback as just two runners reached scoring position the remainder of the game. Chris Ballou doubled to start the fourth but was left stranded, while Perez drew a walk with away in the sixth but was left at second after a wild pitch.
Cody Williams suffered the loss to fall to 1-2 despite allowing just two runs. After giving up two runs on six hits in the first two innings, he settled down to allow three hits in the next four innings as he tossed a complete game. He finished with 6 Ks.
Ballou and Tallerine each had two hits in the game as Kingsville finished with seven. Villafuerte's single in the first extended his streak of reaching base to 21 games.
Feckley earned the win to move to 4-2 on the year for ASU.
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