The game of baseball is so incredibly cruel sometimes. Freshman lefty Chris Weber carried a no-hitter through 7.1 innings, but he got literally no run support. The offense amassed two hits, with one coming on a Braden Shewmake double on the first pitch of the game. The second came with two outs in the following inning. Despite this, the Aggies loaded the bases in the sixth via two walks and a hit batter, only for Zach DeLoach to ground into an inning-ending 3-2-3 double play. Then in the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and a man aboard, Georgia’s Cam Shepherd hit a 2-2 offering over the left field wall to walk it off. Cam Blake’s perfectly-timed leaping effort at the wall came up just inches short. Brutal.
The Ags now must take down Ole Miss (34-24, 16-14) to avoid heading home. The were swept by the Rebels in Oxford back in April in a series that saw two walk offs. If the Aggies can exorcise these demons, they’ll move on to play the loser of Georgia/Arkansas tomorrow at 3:00 pm.
First pitch is scheduled for 9:30 am. You can follow the official bracket here.
The Ags are bringing out the big guns for this one, sending Ace John Doxakis (7-3, 2.01 ERA) to the mound. Ole Miss will counter with lefty Doug Nikhazy (6-3, 3.54 ERA). The last time A&M faced Nikhazy, the freshman dazzled, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits, no walks, and 10 strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Great, great omen for a team that couldn’t hit their way out of a paper bag yesterday.