TEXARKANA – The Texas A&M-Texarkana Eagles scored late in both games Saturday to complete a doubleheader sweep of the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars at George Dobson Field.
The Eagles (24-17, 12-6 RRAC) tallied five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to capture Game 1 with a 7-1 victory and then used a three-run ninth to take the nightcap 11-10.
The Eagles pushed across two runs in the first and then extended their lead to 5-0 with a three-run fifth.
The Jaguars (11-20, 7-11) finally broke through in the sixth as Allen Westmoreland (SR/Pearland, TX) singled to center to start the inning. A wild pitch moved Westmoreland to second before Andrew Gross (SR/Alvin, TX) singled to shallow right moving Westmoreland to third.
Westmoreland would be balked home and Gross would be thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on Chase Tamez (SO/Cypress, TX)'s single to right.
The Jaguars twice lead in Game 2 but were unable to hold on to either lead.
Down 1-0, Blake Henneke (FR/Victoria, TX) opened the third with a double to left-center. Derek Maciejeski (FR/Tomball, TX) then singled home Henneke and advanced to third on an Eagles error. Jonathan Banuelos (JR/Arlington) would double home Maciejeski for a 2-1 lead.
The eagles came right back to take a 4-2 lead with a three-run third and stretched the margin to 6-2 in the fifth.
The Jaguars cut the lead to 6-4 in the sixth on as sacrifice fly by Joshua Fonseca (SO/Pasadena, TX) and an Eagles error.
The eagles got one run back in the bottom of the sixth for a 7-4 lead before the Jaguars erupted for a five-run seventh.
Tamez singled to left and Fonseca reached on an error, before Garrett Gray-Mathis (FR/Smithville, TX) singled Tamez home. Almendarez then singled home Fonseca before a Maciejeski singled plated Gray-Mathis and Almendarez. Maciejeski would eventually score on a fielder's choice ground out by Jacob Atkinson (SO/Harlingen, TX).
The Jaguars would tack on one more run in the eighth on a Henneke single that plated Gray-Mathis, who had double.
But it wouldn't be enough as the Eagles rallied on last time with three runs in the bottom of the ninth for the win.
The Jaguars return to action Friday and Saturday with a three-game series at Riverside Stadium.