Posted: May 4, 2013 10:07 PM
Updated: May 4, 2013 11:00 PM
CANYON, Texas - Ben Villafuerte lined a 2-run double in the sixth as the Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team came from a run down to knock off tournament host West Texas A&M 6-5 in a battle of the last two unbeaten teams Saturday night in the LSC Championship at Wilder Park.
The Javelinas (37-15) will play Sunday at 7 p.m. against either West Texas A&M or Tarleton State who meet at noon.
Trailing 4-3, Kingsville regained the lead with a pair of runs in the sixth and a single run in the seventh.
In the sixth, Perez led off the winning by reaching on an infield single and went to second as Travis Laird walked. With one away, Villafuerte lined a double off the wall in left to drive in Laird and Perez.
Kingsville added an insurance run in the seventh. Chris Ballou was hit by a pitch and lifted for a pinch runner. Justin Lee moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cash Barker and to third on a James Black single, Perez ripped a double off the wall in left. Lee easily scored on the play while Black was out at the plate.
Trailing 6-4 entering the bottom of the ninth, the hosts threatened to rally. Jarvis Smith and Tyler McKnight started the inning with a pair of singles off Zach Pettiford.
A sacrifice bunt by Patrick Ramirez off Javelina closer Jeremy Flores moved the runners up a base. Smith scored on a groundout for the second out of the inning to make it a 6-5 contest. Flores ended the game by striking out Parker Wood for his 11th save to set a new single-season mark.
Ballou put the Javelinas on the board in the first inning with an RBI single when he just beat out the throw to first. Joe Tallerine, who singled to start the game, scored on the play.
After a run in the second to tie the game at one, the Buffaloes scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 lead. Justin Henderson lined a 2-run double off Taylor Taska to break the tie.
The Hoggies plated single runs in each of the fourth and fifth inning tying the game at three. Julian Duran drove in Black in the fourth with a sacrifice fly, while Villafuerte scored on a groundout by Barker to second in the fifth.
A wild pitch by Taska in the bottom of the fifth allowed Wood to score breaking the deadlock.
Taska earned the win to move to 8-2 on the season. He tossed 6-2/3 innings giving up four runs with three earned. He gave way to Pettiford, who went 1-1/3 innings allowing an earned run on two hits with a pair of strikeouts.
The Javelinas finished with 11 hits led by Black with three. Villafuerte, Ballou and Perez each had two hits. They left 10 runners on base.
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