Posted: Apr 5, 2013 9:28 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2013 9:50 PM
LAWTON, Okla. - For the second time in as many Lone Star Conference games, the Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team led late but was unable to put an opponent away falling 5-4 to Cameron as the Aggies scored three times in the bottom of the ninth on Friday.
Kingsville moves to 23-11 on the season and is 6-7 in the LSC. Cameron improves to 3-10 in the league and is 9-20 overall. The series continues with a doubleheader at 1 p.m.
With the game tied at 2-2 entering the eighth, the Javelinas appeared to be on their way to victory with a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth. Kingsville broke a 2-2 tie on a pinch-hit double by Joe Tallerine in the top of the eighth and extended it to 4-2 with an RBI single in the top of the ninth. David Massey came off the bench to drive in Taylor Taska with a single up the middle.
After Dallas Ponder allowed two runs in the first eight innings, Kingsville turned things over Jeremy Flores in the bottom of the ninth. Flores, who is sitting on 16 career saves, walked the first batter he faced and then committed a two-base error. Keaton Green pulled the Aggies to within a run on a single to right. Brad Blumer followed with a two-run single to right to win the game.
The Javelinas fell behind 2-0 after four innings with single runs off Ponder in the first and fourth inning.
In the top of the fifth, the Hoggies plated a pair of runs. Ben Villafuerte started the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cash Barker. With two away, Chris Ballou singled to drive in Villafuerte. Ballou came home on a triple by Matt Perez, who was stranded at third.
Ponder allowed two runs on seven hits in eight innings. He struck out nine batters with four walks. Flores fell to 0-2 on the season. He allowed three runs with one earned on two hits and two walks.
The Javelinas had 11 hits led by Ryan Guedry with two. Nine others had one hit apiece, but Kingsville stranded 12 hitters.
Brian Schwabe earned the win moving to 2-3 for the Aggies.
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