Prairie View A&M Baseball Takes Series Over Texas College

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PRAIRIE VIEW  – The Prairie View A&M baseball team took a series victory over Texas College after splitting a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Tankersley Field. The Panthers (2-6) dropped game one 6-2, but rebounded from the early setback in a dramatic style, winning game two 5-4 in comeback fashion.

“You can’t take anything away from Texas College,” PVAMU Head Baseball Coach Auntwan Riggins said. “They gave us a run for our money and made it tough on us in every inning.”

Game 1: Texas College 6, PVAMU 2
Prairie View A&M struck first as senior Tyler Gordon slapped a single to left field to score Andrew Paige. Texas College scraped a run across in the top of the second but Prairie View A&M responded right back as senior Andrew Garcia scored on a balk.

Despite early strong pitching from senior Tyler Laux, the contest got away from the Panthers in the seventh inning, where Texas College scratched across four runs in the top of the seventh to steal the win.

“They took advantage of the mistakes we made in game one, and they ended up pulling it out,” Riggins said. “We left seven guys on base, with more than half of them in scoring position. Anytime you do that, you’re not giving yourself a chance to win.”

Paige was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a stolen base. Laux struck out five in 6.1 innings of work.

Game 2: PVAMU 5, Texas College 4
The Steers jumped ahead early on when Carlos Collazo put one over the center field wall, but from there, freshman starting pitcher Ty Tubbs settled in, striking out four of the next five batters he faced. Prairie View A&M’s Calvin Rucker tied the game with a RBI single to right center that brought home Gordon, but a rough fifth inning allowed Texas College to add a pair of runs.

“Ty kept us in the game early on and made some good pitches, but what hurt us in the fifth inning was that even though Tubbs threw strikes, we didn’t make the plays behind him,” Riggins said.

Texas College scratched another across in the top of the seventh, but the Panthers refused to go away quietly, as David Garcia led off with a double to left field.

After junior Christian Mendez reached on an error at the hot corner, A. Garcia ripped a two-run triple down the right field line to bring the Panthers within one. Freshman Brayden Johnson tied the game with a RBI double down the left field line to plate A. Garcia, and the Panthers won it after Johnson scored on an airmailed throw during a bunt single by Demarie’ Smith.

“The guys were confident that we would get the hits we needed to win the game, and we pulled it off,” Riggins said. “The way we hit in the seventh is what we had done all offseason long, but we just hadn’t put it together until now. If we keep doing that, our win totals will go up.”

Now the Panthers turn their attention to next week, where they open with an out-of-conference tilt versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before opening Southwestern Athletic Conference play at home with defending champion Southern.

“We’re going to have to work really hard to get the kinks out for next week,” Riggins said. “We’ve got Corpus Christi coming in Tuesday, and they’re always a tough matchup for us. With Southern, we’ve got to be prepared. It’ll be a dogfight this weekend.”

D. Garcia was 2-for-3 at the dish. Matthew Sandoval picked up the win in relief, working 2.0 innings. Tubbs struck out four in 5.0 innings of work.

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