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UHV falls short in doubleheader against A&M-Kingsville

By BY MIKE FORMAN - MFORMAN@VICAD.COM
Feb. 22, 2013 at 8:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2013 at 8:22 p.m.

UHV's Chad Kruse slides safely past a tag from Texas A&M-Kingsville's James Black at third base during the first game of Friday's doubleheader at Riverside Stadium.

UHV was aware coming into the season it had a tough schedule, but that doesn't make the results any easier to swallow.

The Jaguars (3-9) continued to take their lumps Friday at Riverside Stadium, getting swept in a doubleheader by Texas A&M-Kingsville.

The Javelinas (10-3) won the first game 9-4 and captured a 4-0 decision in the second game.

"We saw two good arms today, and it makes our team better when you play good teams," said UHV coach Terry Puhl. "I never came here to play garbage baseball. We just need to pick it up and put together some games. Games like this make you a better team. They make you a better player because it hones your skills better. Further down the schedule, it's going to help us."

A&M-Kingsville continued with the formula it's used all season. The Javelinas got good pitching and backed it with timely hitting.

Flatonia graduate Dallas Ponder battled through four innings in the first game before St. Joseph graduate Denver Diefenbach and Miles Holcomb came on for three scoreless innings of relief.

Zachary Pettiford pitched a five-hitter in the second game, with three of UHV's hits coming in the seventh inning.

"For us, it all starts on the mound," said A&M-Kingsville coach Jason Gonzales, a Cuero graduate. "We've got those guys throwing well. We've actually been hitting the ball. We're playing well in all facets of the game right now. We saw two pretty good arms. Those guys are going to win a lot of games down the road, but I was proud of the way we battled."

The Javelinas had 12 hits in the first game and scored one run in the sixth inning and three in the seventh to break open what had been a one-run contest.

A&M-Kingsville scored single runs off UHV starter Cory Carter in the first and second innings of the second game, and Pettiford retired 16 of 17 batters from the first through the sixth innings.

"I've been trying different guys in the lineup," Puhl said. "We really haven't gotten on track bunching hits together. Pitching wise, I've think we've settled into a staff and who our starters are going to be. Our hitters still have to come along."

Freshmen Dylan Blaha and Joshua Boothe each had three hits for the Jaguars, who will travel to Nolan Ryan Field in Kingsville to play the Javelinas in a single game at 3 p.m. Saturday.

"They're coming along," Puhl said. "You know they're freshman. They're driving the ball. We didn't get a lot of good fortune today. I can't even remember us getting one break in the ballgame. It would be nice. But you've got to make your own breaks. This team will not quit, and this team will be better as the season goes on, and that's a promise."

TAMUK 9-4, UHV 4-0

Game 1

TAMUK 002 301 3 - 9 12 1

UHV 002 200 0 - 4 7 1

Dallas Ponder, Denver Diefenbach (5), Miles Holcomb (7) and Cash Barker. Nick Huff, Chance Marshall (5), Orlando Quiroga (6), Brayden Blanton (7), Clayton Fowler (7) and Brandon Bohanon. W: Ponder 4-0. L: Huff (0-3). Highlights: (TAMUK) Joe Tallerine 2 for 3, 2 R, 3 RBIs, SB; Dustin Aguilar 2 for 3, R, SB; Chris Ballou 2 for 4; James Black 1 for 3, 2B, 2 RBIs. (UHV) Dylan Blaha 2 for 4, 2 RBIs; Joshua Boothe 2 for 2; Bohanon 2 for 2.

Game 2

TAMUK 110 020 0 - 4 8 1

UHV 000 000 0 - 0 5 0

Zachary Pettiford and Clint Wallace. Cory Carter, Cory Hulsey (6) and Matt Herrera, Brandon Bohanon (6). W: Pettiford (2-1). L: Carter (0-2). Highlights: (TAMUK) Ben Villafuente 2 for 4, 2 R; Wallace 2 for 3, 2 2B; Matt Perez 1 for 4, 2 RBIs. Records: TAMUK 10-3; UHV 3-9.

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