BRYAN RAMOS | STAFF WRITER
EDINBURG – UTRGV extended its baseball win streak to six games Saturday by beating the University of Rhode Island twice at UTRGV Baseball Stadium with former local high school standouts playing a key role.
Freshman outfielder and former Edinburg Vela SaberCat Aaron Galvan exploded for five RBIs on the day to lead the Vaqueros to a 15-3 win in game one and a 9-5 victory in game two of a double-header. The Vaqueros are 8-3 on the season.
“It’s a blessing; I’ve been there battling, battling, and give thanks to my team,” Galvan said. “I feel confident at the plate. I’m seeing the pitches I like; I’m trying to put the best swings on them. Some of them, I’m not putting my best swing on them and I get lucky, but that’s just the way the ball rolls some times.”
Galvan’s five-RBI day added to his big weekend as the Rio Grande Valley product now has 11 on the year, tied for the team-high, in just 23 at-bats. He’s even earned the nickname “Valleywood” and lived up to it so far with his team-high batting average.
UTRGV coach Derek Matlock said he’s excited to have Galvan’s offensive firepower in the lineup.
“He’s a gamer, he gets in there and wants to hit,” Matlock said. “He gets in there and gets his swing off, he’s not scared. He loves the moment and it was fun to watch. What a special player, we’re so excited to have him here from the Valley being an offensive threat in the lineup.”
Galvan wasn’t the only RGV product getting things done for the Vaqueros as Ryan Jackson (McAllen Rowe), Zach Martinez (Harlingen South) and Juan Carreon II (McAllen Memorial), all stepped on the mound to help close out the victory in game two. Jackson struck out two batters and earned the save, his third of the season.
After posting 34 combined hits in games two and three of the four-game series, the Vaqueros have outscored Rhode Island 32-9. Senior second baseman Anthony Gomez said the team has stuck to the same approach and it came through with big results in front of the home crowd on Saturday.
“I thought it was tremendous; we put in a lot of work and really trust in our coaches,” Gomez said. “We just stick to the approach and just trust it.”
The Vaqueros will be looking to keep up their hot hitting as they have the opportunity to close out a four-game sweep of Rhode Island at noon today at UTRGV Baseball Stadium.