James Black's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning drove in David Massey with the game-winning run as No. 10 Texas A&M-Kingsville beat ACU, 4-3, to keep the Wildcats from sweeping their four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series at Nolan Ryan Field.
The Wildcats won the series, 3-1, for the second straight weekend and return to Abilene at 18-11 overall and 6-2 in the LSC, while the Javelinas are 20-8 and 4-4. ACU will return to action this weekend against Eastern New Mexico in a four-game series at Crutcher Scott Field.
ACU's strong pitching effort continued Sunday as starting pitcher Ty Taylor scattered six hits over eight innings, walked one and struck out four Javelinas. ACU allowed a total of 12 runs in three games, and Aaron Lambrix tossed a one-hit shutout in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader sweep.
ACU's offense once again posted a double-digit hits total with 11, but the Wildcats left 13 runners on base, including three in the fifth, two in the eighth and three in the ninth.
The Wildcats trailed 3-1 through four innings before getting the gamed tied 3-3 with two runs in the top of the fifth. With one out and the bases loaded, the red-hot Trwho finished with two hits and two RBI -- lifted a fly ball to right field that was deep enough to drive in Ryan Luckie and pull ACU to within 3-2. Later in the inning, rodge Macy reached on a fielding error by Kingsville shortstop Matt Perez that allowed Seth Spivey to score the tying run.
In the eighth, the Wildcats had two on and one out, but couldn't get the go-ahead run to the plate. And in the ninth, ACU had the bases loaded with two outs before Chuck Duarte grounded into an inning-ending fielder's choice.
Kingsville plated the game-winning run against ACU ace reliever Brad Rodriguez, who fell to 1-1 with the loss.
Information provided by ACU Athletics Dept.