Tarleton shuts out Kingsville in series finale Saturday evening

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KINGSVILLE – Tarleton’s Connor Flanagan, Zach Svensson and Jon Law combined to keep the Javelinas off the board in the series finale to lift the Texans to a victory Saturday afternoon.

Due to inclement weather moving into the area, an early morning decision was made to complete the series with two nine-inning games on Saturday.

Game 1: Texas A&M-Kingsville 11, Tarleton 5

Tarleton couldn’t take advantage of 11 base hits or climb out of an early deficit in the first game of Saturday’s twin bill.

Kingsville scored two runs in each of the first three innings while Tarleton answered with only two on a double from Jon Law in the third. The Javelinas took that 6-2 lead into the sixth inning before adding three more in the sixth and one each in the eighth and ninth.

Tarleton scored its final runs of the game in the seventh on a RBI double from Blake Burns and a two-run double from Tyler Parker.

Burns, Parker and Sam Scarborough each had two hits for the Texans while Colby Seltzer, Dexter Pruitt, Law, Jake Spence and Jacob Walker rounded out the offense with one hit each. Burns and Parker had two RBI each.

Hunter Thomas, Chris Reed and Michael Pilato combined to pitch the game and totaled seven strikeouts.

Game 2: Tarleton 4, Texas A&M-Kingsville 0

Connor Flanagan was superb in his first career start as the senior joined forces with Zach Svensson and Jon Law in relief to shutout the Javelinas in the series finale for a 4-0 Tarleton win.

Flanagan took the bump and delivered with a career-high 5.2 innings of work, over which he allowed just five hits and a walk while striking out six. Svensson came on in relief and delivered 1.2 innings of relief. Jon Law came on in the eighth with two on and no one out and danced out of danger with a strikeout and a double play.

Law worked around a walk in the ninth and struck out two, including one to seal the deal for his first career save.

Tarleton got on the board in the third on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error that allowed Jacob Walker, who led off the inning with a double, to score for a 1-0 Tarleton edge.

Two innings later, Tarleton pounded three straight hits – back-to-back doubles from Law and Parker and a single from Jake Spence – to plate two more runs and build Tarleton’s lead up to 3-0. The final run of the game came in the ninth when Walker led off the inning with a triple and Seltzer drove him home with a sacrifice fly.

Tarleton will hit the road again next weekend for a four-game series in Canyon against West Texas A&M.

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