Baseball splits four game series against Javelineas

Rams advance to third in LSC standings

By Deundra Smyth
On April 13, 2017

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Jacob Boston, junior first baseman, slides safely into second base.

Ram baseball earned a four-game series split after trading wins with Texas A&M Kingsville April 7-9 as they continue Lone Star Conference play.

The series split brings the Rams’ overall record to 26-8 while they are 8-3 in LSC action, good enough for third place in conference standings.

In the Friday night series opener, the Rams fell in a defensive struggle to the Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas, 3-2.

After giving up back-to-back solo home runs in the third inning to break the scoreless tie, starting pitcher Matt Shannon found his groove and halted the Javelina offense.

Shannon finished the game with just over eight innings pitched and 10 strikeouts, one away from tying his career high.

Unfortunately for the Rams, their offense struggled to produce and the two Javelina runs proved to be enough for the win.

After dropping the opener, the Rams found their offensive rhythm in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader with a 13-3 win.

The Javelinas scored right out of the gate with two runs in the first inning off of starting pitcher Ryan Smith. With a six-run second inning, Angelo State began to pull away from the Javelinas.

Senior infielder Nathan Ruane saw action for the 11th time this season, and took full advantage of his opportunity by going a perfect 3-3 at the plate, while earning a walk and driving in four runners.

In the second of Saturday’s doubleheader however, the Rams would see their comeback efforts fall short as they dropped the game to the Javelinas, 7-3.

The Rams were first on the board as Tyler Coolbaugh scored on a Jonathan Soberanes bases loaded walk.

The Javelinas responded in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run inning that would give them a lead that they would not relinquish.

Angelo State added a run late in the seventh inning, but the damage was done as the Javelinas took a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Rams again bounced back after the loss and prevailed over the Javelinas in Sunday’s series finale, 9-4.

The Rams, after a difficult opening, brought in junior relief pitcher Shane Browning to shut down the Javelinas’ offense.

Browning earned two personal career highs in both innings pitched (5.1) and strikeouts (8) for the game.

"It felt great," Browning said. "I’ve been looking for it for a while and finally got a record last week -- got the loss -- but bounced back this week and it felt great."

After the game, Head Coach Kevin Brooks also spoke about his relief pitcher and the effort he gave in sealing the win.

"Shane Browning was just awesome," Coach Brooks said. "He came in and put up zeros when we needed him to and held long enough for the offense to get going and when we started getting it going, it was good."

The Rams will remain home as the Texas A&M International Dust Devils travel to San Angelo for a three-game series at Foster Field on April 14-15 at 4 p.m.

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