Feb 28, 2014 11:26 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville
CANYON, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team dropped a pair of contests to West Texas A&M Friday night as Lone Star Conference action began. The Javelinas fell 9-6 in the opener before falling 11-1 in seven innings in the second game at Wilder Park.
Kingsville (5-6 overall, 0-2) appeared well on its way to a win in the first game as the Javelinas built a 6-1 advantage with five runs in the top of the sixth inning. However, the Buffs (12-2, 2-0) erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to claim the win in the 7-inning game.
Clint Wallace was instrumental in the Hoggies building their lead. The senior catcher belted a solo home run for the game's first run with two outs in the second. He then came through again in the sixth as Kingsville crossed the plate five times.
With one away in the sixth and the game knotted at one, James Black singled and Julian Duran was hit by a pitch. Wallace followed by lining a double to left-center field to break the deadlock. After Derek Walls drew a walk, Wallace made it a 4-1 game scampering home on a single by Matt Perez. After Taylor Taska walked loading the bases, Ryan Guedry singled in Walls, while Perez scored on the attempt to throw Taska out at third.
Taska pitched the first five innings for Kingsville before leaving in the bottom of the sixth with the 5-run lead. He allowed one run on six hits and walk before exiting.
Taska gave way to what had been a reliable Kingsville bullpen. However, the relievers struggled on Friday with the first three combining to allow eight runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batter.
The inning began with Carl Huizar allowing a walk to Aaron Blair, who went to second on a wild pitch. With one away, Blair scored on a double by Jacob Caples. David Hebert followed with a triple to score Caples.
The Javelinas then turned to Ryan Benitez and Cody Williams. Like Huizar, neither had allowed a run in their prior outings. Benitez hit the first batter faced. After Brock Schlekeway hit a sacrifice fly, Ryan March doubled and went to third on an error. Williams (0-1) gave up the final three runs on four hits and did not record an out.
Kyle Olason earned the win as he closed out the sixth. Paul Lujan garnered his third save with a scoreless seventh.
Kingsville finished with seven hits led by Wallace's two, but stranded nine runners. Five West Texas players posted two hits as the Buffs finished with 13.
In the second game, Kingsville struck for a run in the top of the first as it tried to get past the opening game loss. Walls doubled to start the game and with two outs scored on a single by Guedry off Dylan James.
The Buffs answered with six runs off Kingsville starter Matt Rhodes in the bottom of the first. They would score nine runs in all off Rhodes. The lefty allowed nine runs on 11 hits in falling to 1-2 in 2-1/3 innings.
James, the WT ace, benefitted with from the runs and permitted one hit the after the first inning. He fanned 10 Javelinas and did not walk a batter in moving to 3-0.
West Texas finished with 17 hits led by Jacob Caples and Beto Rodriguez with three hits and three RBI apiece. Caples had a 3-run home run and Rodriguez a 2-run shot in the first inning. Nick Chapman also had three hits.
The teams will play another doubleheader on Saturday. The first game starts at 4 p.m.
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