COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- An unusually cold May night did not hold the Aggies back as Texas A&M snapped Sam Houston State’s 11-game win-streak in front of 3,997 fans with a 3-1 victory. The Aggies logged 11 hits to improve to 31-21 while the Bearkats fell to 37-15.
The Bearkats jumped on the board first with Corey Toups driven home by a groundout to first by Travis Lee in the top of the second inning.
Texas A&M answered in the bottom of the second. A single by Logan Nottebrok and a double by Troy Stein put two Aggies in scoring position and Jace Statum drove them home with a one-out single through the left side of the infield for the 2-1 lead.
Two consecutive errors by the A&M infield put runners on the corners for Sam Houston State in the top of the third, but a pop out to Patrick McLendon and force out at second base eased the Aggies out of the jam.
The Maroon and White tacked on an insurance run in the third. After back-to-back singles by Cole Lankford and Nick Banks, Lankford hustled to third on a fly out to foul territory down the right field to put runners on the corners and was plated with a Ryne Birk single to pad the lead to 3-1. Lankford proved to be a reliable hitter for the Maroon and White, hitting 3-for-4 for the night.
The Aggies used a slew of pitchers to keep the binturongs treed with 11 strikeouts on the night. Most notably, sophomore Matt Kent (3-1) pitched two scoreless innings with one hit and earned the win for A&M. Corey Ray allowed three hits while striking out two in his two innings of work. A.J. Minter fanned two of the four batters he faced in the ninth two earn his second save.
Sam Houston’s Dylan Ebbs (3-1) was saddled his first loss of the season allowing three runs on 11 hits while striking out two in 7.1 innings.
Texas A&M will be back in action Thursday as they close out their regular season at home against Ole Miss. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 pm (CT). To learn more about the baseball team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @Aggie_Baseball on Twitter.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Rob Childress
“I thought our pitching was outstanding. From the guy that started to the guy that finished, they all did their job. A lot of times when you make a lot of moves to the bullpen at some point you usually have a hiccup along the way, but every single one of those guys did their job. We played good defense behind them. The two mistakes we made we were able to cover up and get off the field with Matt Kent. Offensively, I think we had 11 hits. Their freshman did a nice job, but I thought our approach was really good. We were a hit or two from breaking the thing open, but it’s a really good Sam Houston State team and I am proud of our guys for coming out and taking care of business.”
On Minter’s outing…
“[Azar] was the one guy we didn’t want to face there. We were fortunate enough that it was only an at-bat to tie the game and not to win the game. That guy is a super good player. He’s true competitor—great approach at the plate. I don’t know how you to could a bigger moment than Sunday, and to come back out and validate it I think is huge for him and for us.”
First Baseman Cole Lankford
On the win…
“That was a huge win for us. They got us last time, and it was huge to come out and get that win, especially heading into this weekend. Ole Miss is coming to town; they are at the top of the SEC. It’s good to get momentum behind us.”
On winning Tuesday games…
“We’re just chasing W’s as much as we can—Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays—as many as we can. This is a big one for us tonight, huge one.”
On peaking at the right time…
“I think we are just starting to heat up, and things are starting to get going. I think we’ve played well all year. We may not have caught many breaks, but we’re starting to catch breaks and we’re doing everything right. Pitchers are throwing the ball awesome. We’re piecing things together step by step, and the main goal is Omaha.”