For Immediate Release
May 3, 2018
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
LAWTON, Okla. – The Cameron University baseball team will close out their regular season by visiting Texas A&M-Kingsville for an important four game Lone Star Conference set, May 4-6.
The Aggies’ four game road trip will start Friday with a single, nine-inning game at 6 p.m. at Nolan Ryan Field in Kingsville, Texas. It will continue on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. and then conclude with another single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Live stats, video, and audio for all four contests can be found on javelinaathletics.com.
Earlier this season, the two teams met for a four game non-conference set in Lawton. The Javelinas came away with wins in three of the four contests, with CU winning game two of the series 6-2 behind a complete game, five strikeout start from Reid Garrett.
About the Aggies:
Cameron enters the final weekend of play with a 15-28 overall record and a 5-15 Lone Star Conference mark. They are coming off of four straight losses to Tarleton State in their final home stand last week, and have now lost nine in a row dating back to April 9. Against the Texans,
The Aggies are hitting .255 as a team with 199 runs scored, 60 doubles, nine triples, and 18 homers. Luke Hughes leads CU with a .307 batting average, 46 hits, and 29 runs scored. He and Micah Kaaukai, who is now batting .284 with 27 runs scored, each have 12 stolen bases, while Colton Adams leads the team with 15. Senior catcher Cole Williams is batting .277 with a team best 14 doubles, seven homers, and 35 RBI, while also ranking in the top-10 of the LSC in both in all three categories.
On the mound, CU has a team ERA of 7.56 with 262 total strikeouts in 332.1 innings pitched. Reid Garrett leads the Ags with a 6-4 record, while racking up 53 Ks in 68.1 innings of work, while Andrew Garza has a team best 59 strikeouts in 67 innings on the mound. Additionally, Skyler Henderson leads the team with 21 appearances and has three saves and 44 punchouts in 51.2 innings.
Across the Diamond:
Texas A&M-Kingsville is 32-13 on the season and 11-9 in league play, coming off of a 1-3 weekend record against No. 6 West Texas A&M in their last series. They rank in the top-5 of the LSC in multiple statistical categories, including leading the conference in walks, fielding percentage, shutouts, and strikeout-to-walk ratio. TAMUK is batting .285 with 351 runs scored, while on the mound they have a team ERA of 4.03 with 347 combined strikeouts.
Individually, Levi Zents is batting .353, and is the only Javelina batting over .300. Zents lead the team with 47 hits, while Kohl Ullman has a team high 42 runs scored and Pablo Hernandez leads TAMUK with five homers and 31 RBI. The Javelinas have eight pitchers who have totaled over 20 innings on the mound. Preston Plovanich leads the team with 54.2 innings of work, while Isaiah Lybarger has a team best 58 strikeouts in 50.1 innings pitched.
Next weekend, May 11-12, will be the Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament. The LSC Championship will be played at the No. 1 seed’s home field, which will be either West Texas A&M or Tarleton State, depending on this weekend’s results. Cameron is currently, tied for sixth in the LSC standings and will need to get a few wins against the Javelinas to safely secure a spot in the tournament.
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