Mar 23, 2014 7:07 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville
SAN ANGELO, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team picked up a key Lone Star Conference road win combining a solid starting pitching performance with timely hitting in a 6-3 win over Angelo State at Foster Field on Sunday.
With the win, the Javelinas move to 16-11 overall and are 10-6 in the LSC. Angelo, which came into weekend a game behind the Javelinas for second, is 7-9 in the league and 17-12 overall.
The Javelinas took the lead in the top of the first on Sunday and never trailed. Derrick Walls led off the contest by walking and promptly stole second. He scored as Miles Holcomb single back up the middle for the 1-0 lead. After Brian Frazier hit into a fielder's choice, Blake Johnson walked and James Black placed a hit a through the left side of the infield plating Justin Lee who had reached on an error.
Angelo cut its deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the first. Tyler Coughenour, who reached on a double, scored a ground out by David Goggin.
The game remained 2-1 as Javelina starter Matt Rhodes and his counterpart Dillon Becker kept the offenses off the board until the sixth.
After stranding pair of runners in the fifth, Kingsville, which stranded 12 in the game, scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take a 4-1 lead. In the sixth, James singled with one away and scored a double to right-center field by Ryan Guedry. In the seventh, Justin Lee walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on an error in right field.
ASU got back on the board in the bottom of the seventh with an unearned run. Newhon Norkeh doubled with two outs to drive in Blake Bass.
The Javelinas sealed the win a pair of runs in the top of the eighth. Clint Wallace opened the frame with a single and went to second as Dustin Aguilar walked. Both advanced 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Derrick Walls. With the bases loaded and two out, Frazier lined a single knocking in Wallace and Aguilar.
ASU tried to rally in the eighth scoring but managed just a run. Coughenour doubled to start the inning and scored as Summers followed suit with a two-bagger to right-center field.
Rhodes, who left after the back-to-back doubles in the eighth, earned the win for the Javelinas moving to 4-2 on the season. He allowed three runs with two earned on seven hits. He struck out five and did not walk a batter. Mitchell Bro relieved Rhodes with no outs in the eighth tossing a scoreless inning, before Ryan Scott tossed a perfect ninth for his third save of the series and of the season.
Becker suffered the loss moving to 3-3 on the season. In 5-2/3 innings, he fanned seven Hoggies, but walked five and allowed four hits in permitting three runs with two earned.
Kingsville finished with seven hits as a team led by Black and Guedry with two apiece. Frazier had a team-best two RBI and Lee crossed the plate twice. Coughenour and Cameron Massengill had two hits each for the hosts who had seven as a team.
The Javelinas travel to Laredo to face Texas A&M-International in a single game at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
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