Kenton Means, Sports Information Director
KINGSVILLE, Texas – The Cameron baseball team took two from no. 25 Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday as they came back in game one to win 5-4 and then exploded for eight runs in game two.
CU is now 18-6 on the season, while Texas A&M-Kingsville is now 11-7.
The Aggies scored the first run of game one in the top of the first via a Cody Knight RBI single.
After scoreless second and third innings, Kingsville tied up the game at one run a piece on a sacrifice fly, that wouldn’t last long though, as Cameron scored two runs in the top of the fifth, the first on an error that score pinch runner David Madigan and then second on a bases loaded walk by Oswaldo Godina.
The scoring continued as the Javelinas scored one in the bottom of the fifth and two in the sixth, while the Aggies scored a run in the sixth as well on a Victor DeJesus RBI single, resulting in a 4-4 tie heading into the seventh inning.
In the top of the seventh, Cody Bower led off the inning with a walk, and then advanced to second in the next at bat. After a strikeout for the second out of the innings, Bower came in to score on a dropped fly ball to the pitcher to give CU the 5-4 advantage.
Javarias Banks finished TAMUK off in the bottom of the inning to record his third win of the season. Banks pitched a hitless 1.2 innings while striking out two batters.
Andrew Garza pitched a solid game, going five innings, giving up two runs on two hits with three strikeouts.
In game two, the Aggies offensive momentum continued as they scored two runs in the first, three in the second, and two in the third to take an early 7-0 lead. Bower and Knight each had RBI singles in the first, while Bower drove in two in the second and then scored on an Anthony Acevedo RBI double. In the third, Jordan Field drove in Leno Ramirez on a RBI double of his own for the first run and then came around to score on a single by Micah Kaaukai to give CU their seventh run.
The Javelinas cut into the Cameron lead with three runs in their half of the third and one more in the fourth to make it 7-4, but Bower capped the scoring with a RBI groundout in the fifth to give CU their 8-4 win.
Godina (2-0) got the win after going six innings and striking out six, while giving up four runs on nine hits.
On the day, Bower was 4-8 with four runs scored and four RBI, while Bronson Pulgados was 4-5 with three runs scored.
The two teams will close out the four game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. CU has already won the series and are searching for the four game sweep.