ACU sweeps Kingsville to take 3-0 series lead
A pair of strong starting pitching performances from Carter Hahn and Aaron Lambrix on Saturday propelled ACU to a doubleheader sweep of No. 10 Texas A&M-Kingsville in Lone Star Conference baseball action at Nolan Ryan Field.
Hahn went six strong innings in the first game to help ACU to a 3-2 win, and then Lambrix fired a complete-game one-hitter at the Javelinas in a 4-0 shutout win. The two victories push ACU to 18-10 overall and 6-1 in league play, while the Javelinas fall to to 19-8 and 3-4. The team will compete their four-game set Sunday with a single game at 1 p.m.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader, Lambrix was brilliant as he retired the first nine batters he faced before giving up a leadoff double to Ben Villafuerte in the fourth inning. After a two-out walk to Matt Perez put runners at first and second, Lambrix got Cash Barker to fly out to end the inning.
That fly ball out was the start of a string of 10 straight batters Lambrix retired to end the game. Lambrix (3-2 on the season) struck out five Javelins and threw just 79 pitches.
ACU got two runs in the first inning when Rodge Macy delivered a single to center that drove in Tyler Eager and Seth Spivey. The Wildcats tacked on another run in the third inning when Kyle Conwell singled and Kyle Giusti walked with two outs. Chuck Duarte then drove the first pitch he saw into center to drive in Conwell and push the ACU lead to 3-0.
Duarte drove in an insurance run in the fifth inning when his two-out single to center drove in Conwell to make it 4-0.
In the first game, Eager had four hits and drove in a run and Hahn went six strong innings to pick up the win and improve to 4-2 on the year as the Wildcats topped the Javelinas, 3-2.
Hahn allowed just four hits and two runs -- single runs in the first and third innings -- on his way to picking up the victory. Hahn threw 100 pitches in six innings and struck out seven Javelinas. He retired the last 10 straight batters he faced from the end of the third through the sixth inning.
Brady Rodriguez then came in and retired the side in order in the seventh to record his fifth save.
ACU got out to a quick 2-0 lead with two runs in the first. Spivey and Eager led off with back-to-back singles before Travis Schuetze -- hitting .406 on the season entering the game -- continued his torrid pace with an RBI single to drive in Spivey. With two outs, Giusti drove in Eager to make it 2-0.
After Kingsville scored in the bottom of the first to cut the Wildcat lead to 2-1, the Wildcats got the run back in the second when Eager singled to center to drive in Chuck Duarte to make it 3-1. Kingsville got to within 3-2 with a run in the third, but after that run scored, the final 13 Javelinas of the game were retired in order as the Wildcats escaped with the win in the first game of the doubleheader.
Information provided by Abilene Christian University Athletics Dept.