Rams baseball reaches its 401st win after a three game series

Rams beat the Javelinas after Graylon Brown struck out several of his opponents

By Henry Mahome
On May 1, 2015

Photo by Marsalis Mahome: Paxton DeLaGarza tagged out a runner at second base and then threw it to first base to get another opponent
out.

Photo by Marsalis Mahome: Dillion Becker, junior, fires a pitch against Texas A&M Kingsville on Saturday,
April 25. In the close game, the Rams defeated the Javalinas 9-8.

Rams baseball swept the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas in a three game series over the weekend of April 24 and managed to grab their 400th and 401st milestone wins on the same day.

Friday’s game ended in a blowout with a score of 6-1, with the Rams taking what seemed like an easy win.

Saturday the Rams kept the momentum going in the doubleheader, getting two hard-earned wins with great plays from Sam Kohler and Paxton DeLaGarza in game one to get the ball rolling.

The first game of the day was all defensive all the way until the fifth inning, when Wesley Aguilar of the Javelinas hit a single to left field, giving Jimmy Roche the opportunity to put one on the board for A&M-Kingsville.

The Rams were able to rally back quickly, and put three runs on the board in that same inning. They only scored in the fifth and sixth innings, but that’s all they really needed to walk away with the win, holding the Javelinas to one run in the fifth inning.

The senior right handed pitcher from Lubbock, Blake Bass, struck out the Javelinas six times and scattered seven hits throughout the seven innings against A&M Kingsville. Bass is now tied with another ASU Ram pitcher, Steve Naemark with the most wins in a season, at 79 wins apiece.

“It was a good day for all of us, not just me,” Bass said. “I didn’t really think about my stats during the game. The main objective for me was just to come out there and play how we practice. We all felt good from the win on Friday night. We carried the momentum over.”

They ended the first game on a high note, and carried that on to the second game of the day to get their 401st win.

The second game started off in the Rams favor, right out of the gate the Rams got on the board. In the third inning they put up two points back-to-back, thanks to Nehwon Norkeh and DeLaGarza.

Norkeh doubled to center field, giving David Goggin the opportunity to score and put the first points on the board to give the Rams the lead.

In that same inning Norkeh got on the board himself, after a double to center field from DeLaGarza.

Norkeh would find himself scoring two more times during the game, one of which was from a homerun in the fifth inning that also put Elias Aguirre on the board, as well as giving the Rams a four to nothing lead by the end of the fifth.

The Javelinas went on a great run of their own in the sixth inning, scoring five runs to the Rams’ two.

Key players for the Javelinas were Cline Andrews and Jimmy Roche, both of whom put two runs apiece on the board.

The Rams went on a three to one run in the seventh inning as they battled it out for the win.

It was Graylon Brown, junior, who would snag the win for the Rams when he struck out three in one and two-thirds innings of relief, while Kellen Rholl made the first save of his career after finishing off the final one and two-thirds innings, which included a 1-2-3 ninth inning which started with a groundout and then finished with two strikeouts, according to angelosports.com.

Brown said he doesn’t take any credit for the win; he and the rest of the team were just on the field doing their job.

“It was nerve-wracking to know that I literally had the game in my hands in the last inning,” Brown said. “But we have a good coaching staff, and they help us a lot, not just in this game but the entire series. We knew what was on the line and played good.”

The Rams play another three game series this weekend against the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds at Foster Field. The last time the two teams met up was on the Greyhounds’ home turf, where they won three games to one.

The Rams have a chance to go four games to three, and close out the series, and the season, at the top of the conference. They are currently one game behind TAMU Kingsville, who is the top ranked team in the conference.

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