Posted: Apr 20, 2013 10:35 PM
Updated: Apr 20, 2013 10:41 PM
PORTALES, N.M. - It took 27 runs on Saturday, but the Texas A&M-Kingsville outscored Eastern New Mexico 27-22 combined in a Lone Star Conference doubleheader to climb into a three-way tie for second in the league.
The Javelinas won a low-score opener 9-6, before outlasting the Greyhounds 18-16 in the second game of the twinbill.
With the doubleheader sweep, the Javelinas move to 30-15 on the season and are 13-10 in the Lone Star Conference. The Greyhounds are now 6-17 in the LSC and 19-24 overall.
In the second game, 10 different Hoggies crossed the plate with seven crossing the plate on twice. Javelina pitchers retired the Greyhounds in order just once - but at the best possible time - In the bottom of the decisive ninth inning when Jeremy Flores sent the hosts down 1-2-3.
Tied at 16 entering the ninth inning, Kingsville loaded the bases with no outs. Taylor Taska walked, Trent Wagner was hit by a pitch, and Cash Barker reached on a bunt single to start the inning. Matt Perez reached on a fielder's choice to knock in Taska to break the tie. James Black singled through the left side of the infield to knock in Wagner.
Flores, who went three innings in his second-longest outing of the year, induced a pair of fly balls to the outfield and a grounder to Black at third to end the game. Flores (1-2) picked up his first win of the season. He was the seventh pitcher used by the Javelinas and the only to go longer than 1-2/3 innings.
Kyle Kesmarki suffered the loss tossing 1-2/3 innings dropping to 2-1.
After being sent down 1-2-3 in the first inning, Kingsville scored in every inning but the eighth thereafter. ENMU scored in every inning but three including the eighth and ninth.
The Javelina and Greyhounds each have 18 hits. Chris Ballou, Barker, and Travis Laird each had three hits apiece for Kingsville. Ryan Guedry and Laird each had three RBIs in the contest. Ballou belted his third home run of the season and Laird his second for Kingsville.
Luis Quinones and Jacob Rogers homered for the hosts, who were led by Andres Enriguez with four hits. Pete Creamer added three hits.
Kingsville trailed by as much 10-5 after three innings, but scored 11 runs in the next four innings to take a 16-15 going into the bottom of the seventh. Eastern scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
In the opening game of the doubleheader, the Javelinas trailed 2-1 before taking control with seven runs in the top of the fifth.
Kingsville had five singles in the inning and took advantage of four free bases - two on walks and two on hit batters. James Black, who added a solo home run in the seventh, and Taylor Taska each had two-run singles.
Taska earned the win pitching into the seventh inning. He allowed just two runs in the first six innings, but was charged with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Tres Tyler came out of the bullpen to end the game with three straight outs.
The Hoggies had 12 hits in the opener led by Black with three. Joe Tallerine, Ben Villafuerte and Julian Duran all had two hits.
Brett Humphries suffered the loss falling to 4-4. Rogers knocked in four runs.
The series finale is at 2 p.m. local time on Sunday.
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