5-6-07 -- Taylor Everett raced to the plate just ahead of Jared Johnson's tag for the game-winning run in the tenth inning to allow Texas A&M-Kingsville to escape with a 5-4 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State Sunday at Crutcher Scott Field.
The Javelinas (28-28) will live to play Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. agianst an opponent to be determined, while the Savage Storm ends the season with a 29-28 record.
The tag was one of Johnson's rare misses of the game as the junior catcher went 3-for-5 at the plate with a two-run double that keyed a three-run eighth inning that allowed the Storm to erase a 4-0 advantage and send the game to extra frames.
Johnson kept SOSU in the game with a lunging snag of Clay Bockholt's sacrifice bunt attempt in the ninth inning. He bounced up and doubled up Chase Myrick at first. The play saved the game for the moment as Javier Molina followed with a double to the right-field gap that would have scored Myrick even from first.
But the Javelinas used back-to-back singles by Everett and Todd Mass to being the tenth inning. An out later, SOSU third baseman Erik Hughes was unable to apply a tag to Everett on a double steal attempt that Johnson delivered a perfect throw.
Everett slid past the bag, but got his hand in on the back end of the bag before reliever Jordan Semore bounced in a pitch on a squeeze play attempt allowing Everett to plate the winning run.
Semore took the loss for the Storm to fall to 7-7 after allowing one run on six hits while striking out three.
Southeastern was able to erase an early 4-0 deficit after notching a run in the seventh on an RBI groundout by Aaron Upshaw before erupting for three more runs in the eighth.
Randall Clay greeted TAMUK reliever Jeremy Heatley with a bunt single down the third-base line before Robbie Morris drew a walk.
Johnson then stroked a two-run single on a hit-and-run play to cut the Javelina lead to 4-3. Mason Parham followed with another double to center field to knot the game at 4-4, but Southeastern was unable to wrangle the lead away from the Hoggies.
C.J. Stewart started the game for the Storm, but lasted a 1 2/3 innings yielding three runs on five hits before giving way to Brady Huckabee.
Huckabee gave SOSU 4 2/3 innings of effective relief, giving up one run on four hits while striking out three.
Mario Gonzalez claimed the win for the Javs to improve to 5-6. He allowed one hit in 2 1/3 innings and struck out one.
Brandon Hevner started and worked 7 1/3 strong inning allowing one run on seven hits, while striking out seven and walking one.