The Aggies started the weekend on a very high note, with a seven run victory to open the series. The pitching staff faltered on Saturday and Sunday, however, and the Ags have fallen to 15-12 in league play after dropping their second consecutive series. When only one of your three starting pitchers lasts six innings, it’s hard to win games.
There is a silver lining, though. For just the third time since joining the SEC, A&M will avoid a losing record in conference play. Given how good the Aggies have been on the diamond the last two seasons, this feels a bit silly to even mention. The fact of the matter is that they’ve done this despite starting out 1-5, when they seemed destined to toil away at the bottom of the SEC standings. They have some things they need to get straightened out, for sure, but this team has come a long way since March.
Friday: Texas A&M 12, Ole Miss 5
- The Ags raced out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first in this one, and never looked back. By the end of the third, they extended their lead to 6-1. It was an all-out hitting assault on the Rebels. They pounded out 14 hits, with six of them going for extra bases.
- It really never gets old talking about how good Braden Shewmake is. In this game, he tallied yet another multi-hit performance, with a pair of WHAMMYs to right field.
- Logan Foster rejoined the hit parade as well in this one, going 3-4 at the dish, with his fifth homer of the season.
Saturday: Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 4
- Corbin Martin did a good job minimizing the damage in this one. In his six innings of work, he allowed just two runs despite giving up four hits and four walks, while striking out six.
- The Ags were clinging to a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth, but an error from Austin Homan allowed the Rebels to plate two runs (one of them unearned) to tie things up. After two consecutive outs, Cason Sherrod gave up an RBI double and an RBI single to give the Rebs a 6-4 lead. Those three unearned runs were the difference in the game.
Sunday: Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 3
- Ole Miss controlled this one basically from the get-go, picking up a two-run lead in the first. The Aggies cut the lead to one, with a Logan Foster RBI single in the third, but the Rebs got that run back in the fourth with an RBI bunt single. (Stupid bunts).
- The game remained 3-1 until the bottom of the eighth, when Tate Blackman and Colby Bortles unloaded a pair of home runs, a solo jack and a two-run shot, respectively. With the score 6-1, the game was essentially put away.
- Jorge Gutierrez led off the ninth with his fourth homer of the season, his first since February.
The Aggies return home to take on Sam Houston State Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm for their final midweek game of the regular season. The Bearkats are 32-20 on the season, but they’re fresh off of a sweep at the hands of HBU. As always, this should be a fun one.