COLLEGE STATION - The Plowboys scored seven runs in the first four innings and held on for an 8-7 victory over the Roughnecks Friday night in an entertaining first game of the Texas A&M Baseball Fall World Series at Olsen Field.
The Plowboys will look to clinch their second straight series title on Saturday morning. First pitch of game two is set for 11 a.m. and admission is free.
“This was a great way to start off the Fall World Series,” head coach Rob Childress said. “Both teams showed a lot of fight and, as we expected, the intensity of the fall carried over into this game.”
The Plowboys took the early lead in the first with a pair of runs, the first coming on an RBI single by Brian Ruggiano. Dane Carter scored the second run from third base when Ruggiano subsequently got into a rundown attempting to steal second base. One inning later, a bunt single on the infield by Ben Feltner made the score 3-0.
After Keith McInnerney’s two-out, two-run triple in the bottom of the fourth gave the Plowboys a 7-0 lead, the Roughnecks answered with a five-spot in the top of the fifth. A Brooks Raley single combined with an outfield miscue plated two for the Roughnecks and chased Plowboys’ starter Jordan Kratz. Kyle Colligan then greeted the next pitcher with a three-run home run to left field to pull his team within two.
The Plowboys pushed across what would be the eventual winning run in the bottom half of the frame on a David Alleman sacrifice fly.
The Roughnecks cut the lead to one in the top of the seventh with a pair of runs, scoring on an infield error followed by a Jose Duran RBI single.
Blake Stouffer doubled in the ninth to put the tying run in scoring position, but Roughnecks pitcher Travis Starling got Luke Anders to line into a double play to end the game.
Jordan Kratz started the game for the Plowboys and got the win, going four innings and giving up three hits and four earned runs while walking four and fanning three. Raley started and took the loss for the Roughnecks, giving up nine hits and six earned runs over four innings. Starling earned the save with a scoreless two innings of relief.
Alleman, McInnerney, Feltner and Steve Martin had multi-hit nights for the Plowboys, while Colligan paced the Roughneck attack with three hits and three RBI. Raley and Anders both posted two hits apiece for the Roughnecks.