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Kingsville uses big 5th inning to beat ACU

HOUSTON - Texas A&M-Kingsville jumped on two Wildcat pitchers during a seven-run fifth inning before having to hold on for an 8-5 victory vs. Abilene Christian Monday afternoon at the Astros in Action D-II Invitational hosted by Minute Maid Park.

The win improved the Javelinas' early-season record to 3-3, while the Wildcats fell to 2-2.

Kingsville began their rally with four straight one-out hits in the fifth and the Wildcats ahead, 2-1. ACU starter (0-1) began the frame with a strikeout of leadoff hitter Ben Villafuerte, but then surrendered back-to-back singles to Dustin Aguilar and Taylor Taska followed by a go-ahead two-run double by Chris Ballou.

Clint Wallace chased Palmer from the game with a RBI double that pushed the Javelina lead to 4-2.

then took the mound for ACU, but quickly loaded the bases on a walk and hit by pitch. A strikeout later, Palacios plunked his second batter of inning followed by a RBI walk of Villafuerte. Aguilar capped the Javelinas' scoring with a two-run single to left.

replaced Palacios and got Taska to ground out to end the nightmare inning. Over the next 3.0 innings, Rodriguez was more than effective in allowing just two baserunners on a hit and a walk. He also struck out four.

Nine Wildcats reached base over the final 4.0 frames, but six were left stranded, including two in the eighth and ninth. Senior , who had a great game in going 3-for-5 with two RBI, struck out against Javelina closer Denver Diefenbach to end the game with runners at first and second.

An inning earlier, the Wildcats scored two unearned runs but left runners at the corners after Taska (1-0) got to ground out to third.

ACU scored the game's first run in the second on a sacrifice fly to right by that plated , but Kingsville came right back as Villafuerte drove in Wallace with a bases-loaded infield single.

led off the Wildcat fourth inning with a single and scored two batters later on Schuetze's RBI double down the left-field line.

Sophomore had an RBI single in the seventh that scored and cut the Javelina lead to 8-3.

Matt Rhodes started for Kingsville and allowed just two runs despite giving up four hits and walking five through 4.2 innings.

The Wildcats return to action this weekend at Crutcher Scott Field for the start of a four-game series vs. East Central.

ACU and the Tigers play Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. (DH) and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Information for this story provided by ACU Sports Information.

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