BY RUSSELL HUFFMAN
The Tarleton Texan baseball team started the weekend with some dominating pitching in a pair of wins Saturday against 14th ranked Texas A&M Kingsville before stumbling Sunday in a game marred by walks.
Most notable for the weekend was the pitching performance of Evan Pontley (5-3) who threw his first complete game of the season and it was nothing short of dominating Saturday. The senior went the distance in game two allowing just two hits and not one Javelina player made it past second base in the 2-0 win.
In game one Saturday, the Texans were scoreless through three innings of play before a solo home run by Ruben Rodriguez opened up the floodgates for Tarleton who scored a dozen runs in a 12-1 victory.
Senior Pitcher Nathan Hickey also went the distance with his seven innings of work-limiting Kingsville to just one run while allowing seven hits and issuing just two walks.
TEXAS A&M KINGSVILLE 14, TARLETON STATE 1
Four Texan pitchers had their struggles as they gave up 10 runs (nine earned) in just four innings of play. The Texans also had their woes at the plate with four players collecting four hits in the 14-1 loss Sunday afternoon.
Tarleton at 18-10 on the season will play a modified four-game series 1-2-1 on the road against San Angelo Thursday through Saturday this weekend. The Texans carry a 3-1 Lonestar Conference mark into the series.