CU baseballers go 1-1 Friday, but season ends
Friday started better than it ended for the Cameron baseball team.
With their backs against the wall in the Lone Star Conference Tournament, the Aggies cruised by Texas A&M-Kingsville, 9-4. That win granted CU a rematch with top-seeded Angelo State, with the Rams winning the weekend's earlier meeting on Thursday, 8-5.
In the Friday nightcap though, the Aggies wouldn't even touch the host Rams as Angelo crushed Cameron, building a 10-0 lead and rolling, 10-3. The loss likely ended CU's season as the Aggies are a long shot to receive a bid to the NCAA South Central Regional next weekend.
Rams run past Cameron, oust Aggies
Seeing the same team twice in a 24-hour span is never easy.
Cameron found that out the hard way Friday night as the Aggies were blown out by Angelo State.
While Cameron wasn't able to grab any run support until Cody Bower's bases-clearing double in the eighth inning, the real dilemma began on the mound.
Matt Glassman who looked solid in a must-win game last weekend struggled mightily on the hill, only lasting two and a third innings while surrendering seven earned runs on six hits to be saddled with the loss.
Glassman's command faltered early on and in his short time on the mound, Angelo State took a 7-0 lead by scoring three runs in the first inning and four more in the third.
In the first, Glassman (1-1) hit two Rams with a pitch lending Angelo a pair of free baserunners to load the bases. ASU took advantage as Jacob Boston's single to right field drove in two runs. Mitch Henshaw stole home one batter later to give the Rams a 3-0 edge early on.
Boston, who led the Rams with three RBIs in the game, picked up right where he left off in the third by doubling to right-center and scoring a run. Jay Gonzales slugged a 3-run homer to left field later in the inning giving Angelo a commanding 7-0 lead.
Angelo State got a pitching boost in form of a quintet to keep Cameron at bay. Shane Browning scattered five hits and struck out five Aggies in three and two-thirds innings of work. Kenton Schroter (7-1) earned the win before Logan Voth, Del Rosario and Jared Velasco finished the job.
After Glassman's early exit, Oswaldo Godina came on in relief for Cameron pitching a five and one-thirds innings while giving up three earned runs. Godina fanned seven Rams in that span, but the damage had already been inflicted.
Angelo State would strike for one more run in the sixth followed by two more in the eighth to pad the lead.
Cameron out-hit ASU 10-9, but couldn't get baserunners across the plate stranding seven Aggies. Bower's 3-RBI double finally put Cameron on the board, but the game was long over before then.
Aggies grab insurance late, beat Kingsville again
As if Cameron's four-game sweep of Texas A&M-Kingsville last weekend wasn't enough, the Aggies decided to make it five in a row against the Javelinas.
Thanks to a four-run explosion in the eighth inning to provide extra insurance, Cameron eliminated Kingsville with a 9-4 victory in the LSC tourney Friday afternoon.
A night after losing to top-seeded Angelo State in the tourney opener, Cameron buckled down and refused to be eliminated in the first game of the day.
Leno Ramirez was the hero of the game, delivering an RBI single in the sixth and tallying three more RBIs in the eighth on his home run to ice the game.