Sports - Javelinas

Mar 21, 2014 11:14 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville

Javelinas Score Three In Tenth To Earn Win

SAN ANGELO, Texas - Tied at one entering extra innings, the Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team scored three times in the top of 10th to claim the opening game of their 4-game series with Angelo State 4-2 on Friday night.

Miles Holcomb came off the bench in the top of the tenth and delivered what would game-winning single driving in Clint Wallace, who reached on a 1-out double, for 2-1 a lead. The Javelinas (14-10, 8-5) tacked on two more runs with two outs in the inning. Holcomb scored on a single to left by Lee, who had a team-best three hits, while Travis Laird scampered home on a single to right by Blake Johnson.

The Rams (16-10, 6-7) wouldn't go quietly thanks to some pitching struggles in the tenth. Hayden James (1-0) hit Hunter Choate and Brett David to start the inning before giving way to Ryan Scott.

Scott induced Blake Bass to hit into a double play but then allowed an RBI single to Christian Summers. After No.-9 hitter Reggie Rodriguez singled to bring the winning run to the plate, Newhon Norkeh grounded out to short to give Scott the save. It was the first save by Javelina pitcher this season.

The Javelinas took a 1-0 lead in the top of third. James Black singled for Kingsville's first hit off Jake Feckley and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Wallace. With two away, Black raced around to score from second on an error on a dropped third strike to Derrick Walls.

Dallas Ponder worked out of a jam in the bottom of the third. He allowed a single to Bass and then walked Summers to start the inning. After both advanced 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Rodriguez, the Javelina defense stepped in with Black throwing out Bass at the plate as Norkeh hit into fielder's choice. Norkeh was then picked off for the final out of the inning.

The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the eighth inning. Bass lined a solo home run off Ponder with one out. It was Bass's first long ball of the season.

The Javelinas threatened in the top of the ninth as Lee singled to short to start the inning. He moved to second on a Blake Johnson sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Feckley. However, after Brian Frazier walked, Ryan Guedry hit into an inning ending double play.

Ponder and Feckley were in a duel for much of the game as would be expected from the league's top hurlers a season ago.

Ponder went eight innings striking out seven. He allowed one run on four hits and four walks. Bass's long ball was just the second offered by Ponder this season.

Feckley dropped to 4-2 pitching into the tenth inning. He allowed three runs on six hits with two earned. He fanned nine Javelinas and walked two.

James' win was the first in a relief role by a Javelina pitcher this season.

The series continues tomorrow with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. with a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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