ADA — Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Dan Rogers allowed just five hits while his teammates pounded out 20 as the Javelinas beat East Central 14-3 in Lone Star Conference baseball action in drizzly conditions Saturday at Tiger Field to complete a suspended game from Friday.
The two teams played three complete innings of the first game of their regularly scheduled doubleheader on Saturday with TAMUK leading 7-1. But play was again suspended to amounting drizzle and rain.
Weather permitting, the two teams will try to resume the doubleheader today, beginning in the fourth inning, at 1 p.m. Following that scheduled seven-inning contest, the two teams will attempt to wrap up the four-game series with a nine-inning contest.
The Javelinas topped the Tigers 12-7 in the opener of the four-game set on Friday.
Texas A&M-Kingsville 14, ECU 3
(Completion of Friday’s suspended game on Saturday)
Rogers allowed only one earned run in going the nine-inning distance as he walked two and struck out six.
Five TAMUK players collected three hits apiece and another had two as the Javelinas, who held a 7-0 advantage when play was suspended on Friday, added a single run in the sixth and scored three times each in the eighth and ninth innings.
Over half of the Javelinas’ 20 hits went for extra bases — two homers, four triples and five doubles.
Clifton Thomas, Jerry Rodriguez, Luis Diaz and Adrian Williams collected the three hits each for TAMUK as the speedy Thomas tripled twice while Williams and Trent Wagner each homered.
Kyle McCormick, who started Friday’s play on the mound, took the loss in falling to 0-1. Jacob Gammons took the hill when action resumed on Saturday and worked the remainder of the way.
ECU’s first run of the contest off Rogers came in the fifth inning when Koby Temple scored off an error after Mac Grace hit an infield single on the same play to make it 7-1.
The Tigers’ two other scores occurred in the eighth when Dylon Howard had an RBI single, scoring Bryant Mistler. A fielding error in left field on the same play enabled Mat Wolf to score, closing the gap to 11-3.
However, the Javelinas responded with three more scores in the ninth, including Cash Barker’s run-scoring triple and Wagner’s two-run blast down the left-field line for his first home run of the season.
No Tiger player had more than one hit in the contest.
Texas A&M-Kingsville 12, ECU 7
(Friday’s Series Opener)
Thomas, TAMUK’s leadoff man, hit for the cycle in going 4-for-5 with four runs scored and a pair of runs batted in off a solo homer to start the fifth and an RBI double in the seventh. He also had a leadoff single to open the game and led off with a triple in the sixth.
The Javelinas jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning off an RBI single by Diaz and a two-run double by Cody Stigall.
Temple’s RBI single clipped the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom half of the first.
Then a five-run, five-hit third inning enabled the Tigers to go up 6-3 as Tyle Hankins’ bases-loaded single scored the first run of the inning. Grace then hit an infield single to third to bring home another run. Grace scored off a passed ball and Grant Rainwater hit a two-run double later in the frame for the three-run Tiger cushion.
But TAMUK countered with a five-run, six-hit fifth to take control, triggered by Thomas’ leadoff blast to right field. Diaz, Stigall and Williams followed with a run-scoring single apiece in the inning and Barker brought home a run off a sacrifice fly to make it 8-6.
The Javelinas padded their advantage with two more scores in the sixth off a sacrifice fly each from Travis Earles and Diaz to make it 10-6.
ECU’s final run came in the bottom of the sixth when a Zach Atkins sacrifice fly plated Luis Argumedes to make it 10-7.
TAMUK picked up two runs in the seventh to close out the scoring on Thomas’ RBI double and Jared Moore’s pinch-hit, run-scoring single.
Javelina southpaw David de Leon (8-2) worked five complete innings for the win as he gave up six earned runs off eight hits with five walks and six strikeouts. TAMUK used two other relievers before Taylor Taska came on to work 1.2 innings and record his eighth save of the year.
Tiger starter Will Grimes (0-7) was charged with the loss after going five-plus innings and allowing 10 runs off 12 hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts. Jake Williams relieved Grimes and gave up two earned runs off three hits with one walk.
Argumedes and Temple each had a pair of hits for ECU as Argumdes was 2-for-2 with three runs scored while Temple went 2-for-3 with one RBI. The Tigers finished with nine hits in the contest.
Diaz, who was 2-for-3 from the plate, drove home three runs and scored twice for the Javelinas while Stigall went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs while scoring once. Earles and Brandon Rohr also finished with two hits each for the visitors.
ECU-UCO softball doubleheader
moved back to this afternoon
ADA — East Central University’s scheduled Lone Star Conference North softball doubleheader with the University of Central Oklahoma, scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed due to a wet field.
Weather permitting, the two teams will play a 2 p.m. doubleheader today at Lady Tiger Field in Ada.