This weekend marked the second annual Frisco College Baseball Classic held at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas, home of the Texas Rangers’ AA affiliate Frisco RoughRiders. By all accounts, and by that I mean the general reaction on #AggieTwitter, the tournament was fantastic. Not only did they welcome everyone’s bubble machines, I think they even got one of their own:
In any case, the folks at the Frisco Classic were incredible. It’s not hard to imagine this tournament growing and rivaling the biggest and baddest non-conference tournaments in the entire country. I sincerely hope the Aggie Baseballers get a chance to attend again in the near future because the hospitality was just excellent. Hell, they even got us a damn train.
In terms of on-field results, the weekend could have gone a bit better. On Friday, the Ags dropped their first game of the young season. The main concern then became how would A&M bounce back. In 2017, A&M easily handled a then-top ten Texas Tech team in the first game of the Houston College Classic, before imploding against TCU and Baylor. That sent the Aggies into a tailspin that lasted about a month. How did they respond this go-round? They got back up and handled their business the rest of the way. It was exactly the kind of response A&M will need this season. The SEC is as competitive as ever, and the Ags may find themselves in a similar situation a time or two.
- LA Tech’s starter, Matt Miller, was outstanding against the most potent offense he’s faced so far this year. In seven innings of work, Miller allowed one unearned run on five hits and six strikeouts, while not allowing a walk.
- The dagger in this one came in the bottom of the sixth. Stephen Kolek was cruising along, when he walked the first hitter in the frame. The runner moved to second on a grounder back to the mound, before scoring on a base hit to right. Kolek induced a groundout to short for the inning’s second out, but he was lifted for Kaylor Chafin to finish out the inning. Chafin walked the first batter he faced, before giving up a three-run homer to LA Tech’s third baseman to make it 4-0. That was all the Bulldogs would need in this one.
- Starter Chandler Jozwiak struggled through his 2.1 innings in this one. Ultimately, he was able to keep Baylor off the board, but after giving up two hits and three walks, with an E6 thrown in the mix, there was constant traffic on the basepaths. In all, the Ags used five pitchers in this one.
- The offense was ignited thanks to a pair of solo homers off the bats of Cole Bedford and Will Frizzell. Bedford’s got the scoring started in the third, and Frizzell’s gave the Aggies some breathing room in the seventh after Baylor cut their lead to 3-2.
- Once again, Mitchell Kilkenny was on fire. In seven innings, he allowed just two runs on seven hits and no walks, while striking out seven. Against statistically the most potent offense the Aggies would face this weekend, Kilkenny was not here for any of your Sunday Runday nonsense. The score doesn’t look like it, thanks to an inconsequential three-run homer that came with two outs in the ninth inning of a 9-2 ballgame, but A&M ran away with this one.
- Offensively, the Aggies returned to form on Sunday. With Braden Shewmake leading the way (SHOCKER), they pounded out nine runs on 13 hits. Chris Andritsos tallied three RBIs, and Shewmake and Zach DeLoach notched two RBIs of their own. Four of the first five hitters in the lineup had multi-hit afternoons.
A&M returns home to take on yet another Southland Conference foe, in the Northwestern State Demons this Tuesday and Wednesday. The Demons are 7-4 this season, and they’re coming off a series victory on the road against Arkansas-Little Rock. First pitch is scheduled for 6:32 pm on Tuesday and 3:02 pm on Wednesday.