Baseball set for NCAA

Rams tied for first in the Lone Star Conference

By Sam Fowler
On April 21, 2016

   The Rams dropped two of three games in their April 14-15 series against Texas A&M Kingsville.
   Game one saw the Rams unable to mount much offense as they scored their three runs off eight hits. The final score was 9-3. Senior pitcher Bryce Zak struggled on the mound for the Rams as he gave up seven runs on four hits with six walks in his four innings pitched. Game two proved the resiliency of the Rams with their 9-7 victory in ten innings. “The team bounced back in game two,” Head Coach Kevin Brooks said. “We made some plays when we needed to.”
   In the first inning, the Rams opened the scoring as sophomore Elias Aguirre came home on a Javelina wild pitch to put the Rams up 1-0 before the Javelinas scored three runs in the bottom of the inning. The Rams then scored six unanswered runs between the second and sixth innings to bring their lead to 7-3 in the sixth. The Javelinas answered with four runs in the seventh inning to tie the score at seven.
Sophomore pitcher Matt Shannon struck out nine in his six and two-thirds innings pitched, but gave up seven runs to the Javelinas before making way for senior closing pitcher Graylon Brown. In the 10th inning the Rams broke the deadlock as junior Tyler Coolbaugh drove in two runs with his single through the right side of the Javelina infield to make the score 9-7.
   On day two, the Rams fell 12-0 to the Javelinas. The Ram offense only notched two hits in the run-rule loss. Junior pitcher Johnatan Del Rosario only saw one inning on the mound as he gave up four runs on two hits in the loss. With the series loss, the Rams are now tied for first in the Lone Star Conference with the Javelinas and West Texas A&M. The Rams face WTAMU April 22 and 23 at Foster Field in a pivotal conference series at their final home game of the regular season. 

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