Seth Spivey had three hits and drove in a pair of runs and Travis Schuetze stayed red-hot with two hits and three RBI Friday night as ACU knocked off No. 10 Texas A&M-Kingsville, 12-6, in the first game of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series at Nolan Ryan Field.
The win pushes the Wildcats to 16-10 overall and 4-1 in the LSC, while the Javelinas fall to 19-5 and 3-2. The teams will be back on the field Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader before wrapping up the series Sunday with a single game at 1 p.m.
The Wildcats pounded out 14 hits against six Kingsville pitchers, and broke the game open with a six-run seventh inning. ACU -- which trailed 5-1 after three innings -- scored three more in the eighth and once more in the ninth to pull away for the series-opening win.
Austin Palmer allowed 10 hits and six runs over seven innings, but he struck out six batters and picked up the win to improve to 3-2 on the season. Brady Rodriguez gave up just one hit and struck out three batters in two solid innings of relief work.
ACU trailed 3-0 before Spivey hit a solo home run in the third to cut the lead to 3-1. The Javelinas, however, answered back with two more runs in the third to grab a 5-1 lead. The Kingsville lead was 5-2 after six before ACU scored six runs on four hits in the seventh to take an 8-5 lead.
Tyler Eager drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk to drive in the first run, and then Schuetze tied it with a two-run single to left field. Kyle Conwell drew another bases-loaded walk before Kyle Giusti singled down the right field line to drive in two more runs and give ACU an 8-5 lead.
The Wildcats tacked on three more runs on two hits in the eighth to make it an 11-5 game. Rodge Macy and Conwell each had RBI singles, and Macy later scored on a wild pitch.
ACU tacked on its final run of the game in the top of the ninth when Schuetze singled to left to drive in Ty Taylor.
Information for this story provided by ACU Sports Information.