Aggies drop two, LSC tourney bid up for grabs
KINGSVILLE, Texas - Cameron's baseball team lost a pair Saturday as Texas A&M-Kingsville dominated by taking wins of 9-0 and 7-3, thus going 3-0 in the series and making for a nervous Saturday night for the Aggies as they fight to make the Lone Star Conference Tournament.
And, what makes it even more important is the fact just one team misses out on the tournament and now that team could possibly be the Aggies unless they can pull out a win today or get some help from one of its rivals.
Cameron fell to 5-18 in the conference and just 15-31 overall and currently the Aggies are sixth in the league, just in front of Texas-Permian Basin. Ironically, the other two teams fighting for the final spots Eastern New Mexico and UT-Permian Basin are playing this weekend and they split Friday's games, with ENMU winning the first game 15-5 and then UTPB winning the second 11-5.
That left ENMU at 6-16 and Permian Basin at 4-18, but ENMU then came back to roll to a 15-8 victory in Saturday's second game, which put ENMU at 7-16 and UTPB at 4-19.
Cameron can avoid any suspense by winning today's 1 p.m. series finale, but even if they lose the Aggies can get into the tournament if ENMU wins the final game of that series. And, even if CU loses and UTPB wins the final game and leaves the two teams tied at 5-19, that would bring the tie-breaker into effect.
The first tie-breaker is head-to-head meetings but they went 2-2, so that wouldn't solve the issue. From there the conference tiebreaker system is vague and it would take some work at the LSC office to finally determine which team goes and which would miss out.
The Aggies could solve the problem by winning today but since they collected just three hits in the first game of the doubleheader and are having trouble just getting runners on base.
After scoreless first and second innings, the Javelinas put up a pair of four run innings in both the third and the fourth. They then scored another run in the sixth to put a cap on the 9-0 victory.
Andrew Garza received the loss as he gave up seven earned runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings on the mound, while Alex Ward pitched final 2.1 giving up one run on just two hits.