DURANT, Okla. – For the second time this season, Southeastern (23-22, 20-19 LSC) baseball pulled off a four-game sweep over a conference opponent, picking up wins of 5-4 and 9-5 in a doubleheader sweep of Texas A&M-Kingsville (19-31, 15-25 LSC) on Sunday afternoon.
These follow a Saturday that saw the Savage Storm pick up wins of 3-1 and 6-2 on the backs of excellent pitching performances.
The sweep keeps SE right in the thick of the race for the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament, climbing to sixth place, within percentage points of Tarleton State in fifth and a half game up on Eastern New Mexico in seventh with four LSC games to play.
The Storm will look to solidify its bid for the LSC tourney when it hosts East Central in the home finale April 24-25, with doubleheaders scheduled both days to begin at 2 p.m.
Scott Hancock and Mike McCollum each collected a pair of hits in game one, while Trey Wingo drove in three runs.
On the hill, Torey Oller picked up his fourth win of the year, tossing 6.1 innings and allowing four runs on five hits with three K’s before handing the ball to Matt Hinds who recorded the final two outs of the game for his sixth save of the season.
SE got off on the right foot when Wingo connected on a bases loaded double to take a 3-0 lead after one inning.
The Javelinas got a run back in the second, but back-to-back homers from Casey Gibson and McCollum to lead off the fourth inning pushed the Storm advantage to 5-1.
TAMUK picked up a run in the fifth and made a late push with two more in the top of the seventh before Hinds came on to shut the door on the 5-4 win.
In game two, Scott Hancock connected on a pair of home runs, driving in five runs in all, while Oller went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Mat Wolf turned in a 2-for-3 effort with a run and an RBI.
On the hill, Blake Worthen got off to a rough start, giving up four runs on four hits, facing five batters and recording just one out.
Hinds entered in relief and tossed 4.2 innings for the win, his third, allowing no runs on just two hits with four strikeouts.
Andrew Taber tossed the next 1.1 innings, allowing a run on a hit with three K’s before handing off to Matt Kinard who tossed the final 2.2 innings and held TAMUK hitless while striking out three to record his first save of the year.
After the Javelinas posted four runs in the top of the first, SE chipped away with a Tyler Johnson sac fly in the bottom half to trim the deficit to 4-1.
The Storm then erupted for four runs in the second on an Oller RBI single and Hancock’s three-run homer, taking a 5-4 lead.
Wolf drove in another run in the third, followed by back-to-back homers from Hancock and Ryan Bowen put the Storm up 9-4.
TAMUK would get a run in the seventh, but would get no closer.