West Texas A&M dominated Cameron by pounding out a combined 22 runs with 30 hits in a doubleheader sweep on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Wilder Park.
The No. 7-ranked Buffs took the early game 10-5, followed by a 12-2 run-rule victory against the Aggies in the late game.
WT stayed red hot overall, pushing its current win streak to a school-record 11 in a row.
WT is in sole command of first place in the Lone Star Conference standings at 10-0 and 28-7 overall.
“Our guys played well,” WT coach Matt Vanderburg said. “We’ve had a couple weeks off and you never know how some guys are going to respond with that kind of time off. Baseball is a game of repetition, so we hated to take that much time but we needed it for rest. But overall I was pleased with how we played in both games.”
The Buff bats couldn’t be stopped, hitting .448 as a team Sunday.
WT designated hitter and Amarillo High graduate Christian Loya set the pace in the early game for the Buffs. Loya hit two solo homers, going 2-for-4 at the plate. Loya now has seven total long balls on the year.
Teammate Justice Nakagawa was also key at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, including a home run and a double.
In the late game, Bodie Bryan hit a 3-run shot to left in the bottom of the fifth, giving the Buffs a 6-2 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, WT batted around for six runs, to run-rule Cameron.
Bryan was 2-for-4 in the game with four RBIs. Canyon graduate and WT freshman Tommy Williams added three RBIs on a 4-for-5 day.
“I like the way we’re hitting the ball right now,” Vanderburg said. “We’ve hit it well all year. Tommy (Williams) had a big game. He had four hits, which is good for a freshman. We have to continue that Monday.”
On the mound, WT pitching was superb. Ryan Larison earned the win in the first game, throwing five innings with eight strikeouts. Larison earned the win, moving to 5-0 on the year.
In the late game, Joe Corbett was in complete command of the Cameron hitters. Corbett (7-1) limited the Aggies to two runs, racking up nine strikeouts over seven innings.
The Buffs and Aggies (15-22, 5-9) conclude the series with another doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. today at Wilder Park.
WT 10, Cameron 5
West Texas A&M;041;500;x—;10;13;0
Reid Garrett and Cole Williams. Ryan Larison, Phillip Muldrow (5), Braden Baker (5) and Tag Baxter, Brandon Marrero (6). W—Larison (5-0). L—Garrison (6-3). 2B—Cameron: Luke Hughes. WT: Bodie Bryan, Nick Canas, Darius Carter, Justice Nakagawa. HR—Cameron: Cole Williams 1 (6). WT—Christian Loya 2 (7), Nakagawa 1 (4). Records: Cameron 15-21, 5-8. West Texas A&M 27-7, 9-0.
West Texas A&M;012;030;6—;10;17;0
Gaige Vines, Abraham Renteria (3) and Nik Sanchez. Joe Corbett and Brandon Marrero. W—Corbett (7-1). L—Renteria (0-2). 2B—Cameron: Micah Kaaukai, Colton Adams, Sanchez. WT: Christian Loya, Marrero. HR—WT: Bodie Bryan 1 (4). Records: Cameron 15-22, 5-9. West Texas A&M 28-7, 10-0.
West Texas A&M;10-0;28-7
UT Permian Basin;2-8;6-29
Eastern New Mexico;3-11;17-17
West Texas A&M 10, Cameron 5
West Texas A&M 10, Cameron 2
Tarleton state 12, UT Permian Basin 0
Eastern New Mexico 3, Texas A&M-Kingsville 2
Cameron at West Texas A&M, 1 p.m. (DH)
Texas A&M-Kingsville at Eastern New Mexico, 1 p.m.
Tarleton State at UT Permian Basin, 1 p.m.