TAMU-K Sweeps Season Series From St. Mary's

KINGSVILLE (Javelina Athletics) - The Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team continued its recent surge on Tuesday evening downing nationally-ranked St. Mary's 10-4 at Nolan Ryan Field to complete the season sweep.

The Javelinas move to 21-12 on the season, while dropping the No.-13 Rattlers to 23-11.

With the game tied at one, Kingsville pulled away with seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

After a two-out double by James Black in the fourth drove in Ryan Guedry, the Hoggies crossed the plate six times in the fifth.
With one away, Julian Duran singled and stole second. After Derrick Walls walked, a double steal moved both base runners 90-feet closer. A sacrifice fly by Dustin Aguilar brought in Duran, while Walls scored on a single by Taylor Taska off starter Nathan Humpal.

Ryan Guedry greeted reliever Oscar Sepulveda, who allowed three runs without recording an out, by walking. Brian Frazier drove in Taska for his fourth RBI in two games. After Guedry scored on a double by Black, Ryan Fickel lined a 2-run, pinch-hit single to center for an 8-1 advantage.

The visitors scored twice off reliever Taska in the sixth as he permitted two runs on three hits in one-third inning to make it 8-3.
The Hoggies ended thoughts of a rally with two runs in the bottom of the eighth as Travis Laird lined a 2-run single for a 10-3 lead.

St. Mary's scored a final run in the ninth.

Ryan Benitez earned the win to move to 2-1. He allowed one run on four hits in five innings of work. Benitez struck out three and walked one.

After Taska, Hayden James pitched a perfect two-thirds on an inning the sixth. Dustin Luna, Mitchell Bro and Tres Tyler followed with each tossing an inning apiece. They combined to allow one run on three hits in three innings.

Nine Javelinas combined to finish with 14 hits led by Black, who had four hits. Guedry and Fickel each had a pair of hits. Laird, Black and Fickel drove in two runs apiece.

Kingsville faces another stiff test this weekend as it battles Lone Star Conference leader West Texas A&M in a 3-game series. The series begins with a single-game at 6 p.m. on Friday with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.


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