EDINBURG (KVEO) – Senior Kevin Stevens took a perfect game into the seventh before firing a three-hitter to lead The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros baseball team past the Tarleton State University Texans 3-2 on Friday at UTRGV Baseball Stadium.
Stevens (6-4) retired the first 19 batters he faced. With one out in the seventh, Tyler Fowler worked the count full, and on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, laced a clean single up the middle for the Texans’ (19-29, 12-17 WAC) first hit. Fowler was caught stealing during the next at-bat and then Stevens retired the next four batters, allowing him to face the minimum through eight innings.
In the ninth, Dean Frew led off with an infield single and Colby Seltzer followed with a two-run home run. Stevens responded by retiring the final three batter he faced.
Stevens struck out five to go with 11 groundouts and 10 flyouts. He threw 76 of his 103 pitches for strikes in a career-high 9.0 innings. It’s his second complete game of the season and first-career shutout.
The Vaqueros (23-20, 14-11 WAC) gave Stevens all the support he needed in the third. The Vaqueros put runners on second and third with nobody out, setting up an RBI-groundout by sophomore Diego Ramirez against Bryce Hackett (2-5). Postbaccalaureate student Christian Sepulveda followed with an infield RBI-single and then scored on a wild pitch later in the inning.
Graduate student Coleman Grubbs went a game-best 3-for-4 with a double.
UTRGV and Tarleton play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. at UTRGV Baseball Stadium. The first game is scheduled for seven innings while the second game is scheduled for the full nine.
UTRGV Athletics is capping capacity at UTRGV Baseball Stadium at approximately 1,200 fans.