Baseball falters against Aggies
Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2013 14:02
The No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies put up three runs in the fourth to take the lead, then added four more in the sixth to break open a 3-2 game on its way to a 9-2 win over Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday at Olsen Field.
SFA (0-4) got a pair of doubles and runs scored from leadoff man Ricardo Sanchez, but just two other hits from the rest of the lineup. Meanwhile, the Aggies (3-1) were led by their leadoff man as well, Mikey Reynolds, who finished with four hits, three RBI and three stolen bases.
That was more than enough for the Texas A&M pitching staff, who retired 11 Lumberjacks on strikes. Corey Ray got his first win of the season, tossing 5.1 innings with a career-high eight punch outs, and allowing both SFA runs before handing the game over to his bullpen.
Cameron Gann was credited with his first loss of the season in his first start, allowing three runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings with three strikeouts.
SFA took an early lead in the first inning, taking advantage of a leadoff double from Ricardo Sanchez on the second pitch of the game. The Aggies then helped the Lumberjack cause with a pair of wild pitches that pushed Sanchez all the way home and staked SFA to an early 1-0 advantage.
But the SFA bats then quickly went quiet as Texas A&M starter Corey Ray did not allow a hit again until Sanchez’s second double of the night to open up the top of the sixth.
Meanwhile, the Aggies managed to get a runner in scoring position in each of the first three frames against Gann before finally coming through in the bottom of the fourth. A single from Troy Stein was followed by a hit batter and an SFA error, setting the table for Charlie Curl who shot a first-pitch single up the middle to put the Aggies in front 2-1. Two batters later Mikey Reynolds delivered his third single of the game to drive in Blake Allemand and give A&M a 3-1 lead after four frames.
The `Jacks got one back in the top of the sixth when Hunter Dozier singled home Sanchez, who had led off the inning with a double to deep right-center field; however; the Aggies answered with a four-run bottom of the sixth, highlighted by RBI singles from Reynolds and Krey Bratsen and left the inning with a commanding 7-2 lead.
Texas A&M added one more run in the seventh off of freshman Matt Mundkowsky, who tossed 1.2 innings with three strikeouts in his debut, before tacking on one more on SFA’s third error of the night in the bottom of the eighth inning.
SFA will now take a week off before playing again on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Grambling before its home opener vs Louisiana Tech on Feb. 27 at Jaycees Field.