KINGSVILLE – The Tarleton State Texans splits Saturday's doubleheader with the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas, falling 5-1 in game one before taking the day's finale 1-0 at Nolan Ryan Field in Kingsville.
The Texans moved to 17-12 overall and 8-9 in league play, while the Javalinas push its record to 19-12 overall and 12-7 in Lone Star Conference games.
Texan starting pitcher Colton Burleson (L, 3-3) allowed just two hits over the first three innings of play, but the Javelinas finally got to him in the fourth inning as he allowed four runs on six singles in the frame.
Burleson would allow another three hits and one more run in the bottom half of the fifth inning before Matt Herrick relieved him with one out to go. Herrick would record the final out, but the damage had already been done and the Texans would go on to score just one run in the first game.
Rustin Thomas was reach base on a fielder's choice in the top of the sixth inning and he would later score on a balk from TAMUK's Denver Diefenbach. The Texans would load the bases for a second time that inning, but Hayden James, who came into the game in relief of Diefenbach, managed to get the final two outs and leave the runners on base.
Tarleton had just three hits in game one as Alvaro Moreno, Jared Musgrove and Dalton Weeks each collected singles for the Texans.
All the Texans needed in game two was a double from Thomas and then a sacrifice fly from Musgrove in the top of the first inning and Robert Baker (W, 4-4) did the rest.
Baker tossed seven complete innings of shutout baseball, giving up just four hits and striking out five on the way to earning his fourth win of the season.
TAMUK's Cody Williams would work all seven innings for the Javelinas as well, but he was saddled with the loss after giving up the one run on seven hits.
The two teams will be back in action on Sunday to close-out the four-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.