COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Texas A&M pounded out 13 hits and recorded its first shutout of the season as the 17th-ranked Aggies blanked UT Arlington, 12-0, before 3,305 fans on a rainy Tuesday evening at Olsen Field.
A&M, which scored five of its first nine runs on the night with two outs, improved to 16-4 with the victory, while the Mavericks fell to 6-13.
“Considering how we ended up the weekend, for us to come out and play without question our most complete game of the season—especially in these conditions—made me very proud of this team,” A&M coach Rob Childress said. “You look at the scoreboard and you see 13 hits, 12 runs and no errors, and the other team gets four hits and is shut out, that’s about as good as it gets.”
Aggie starter Clayton Ehlert (2-1) would need the minimum run support from his offense, as the sophomore tossed six shutout innings to record his second win of the year. He allowed two hits and issued no walks while fanning three. After allowing a single to start off the game, Ehlert retired 18 of the final 20 batters he faced.
“That’s outstanding back-to-back performances now by Clayton,” Childress said. “In these conditions, with it being wet, it would have been easy for him to make mistakes or for us to fall apart behind him. But he was in total control from the start. He was about as efficient as you could be.”
In a scoreless game with two outs in the bottom of the third, Blake Stouffer drove a double into the right center field gap to plate Brodie Greene with the evening’s first run.
A&M matched its biggest inning of the year in the fourth, as a six-run burst put the game out of reach.
After a walk to Jose Duran to start the frame, Darby Brown drove a 2-2 pitch high over the fence in right field. The home run, Brown’s fourth of the year, gave the Aggies a 3-0 lead.
Later in the inning, with runners at the corners and two outs, Kyle Colligan singled to center to score Nick Fleece. The next batter, Stouffer, walked to load the bases.
A passed ball followed, which scored Brian Ruggiano with the game’s fifth run. Dane Carter made that irrelevant, however, as he tripled to the wall in right center to clear the bases and make the score 7-0.
A&M then added a pair in the fifth on an RBI double by Brian Ruggiano and an RBI single by Brodie Greene, and three more insurance runs in the eighth.
Eight different Aggies drove in runs, while four had two or more hits on the night.
Following Ehlert on the mound was Kirkland Rivers, Jordan Chambless and Evan Gerald, who each tossed an inning of shutout relief and combined to allow two hits and strike out five.
Marcus Limon (0-3) was tagged with the loss for UT Arlington, allowing six hits and seven earned runs over 3 2/3 innings of work.
Texas A&M opens up a season-high seven-game road swing, the Aggies’ first road trip of the year, on Friday at Oklahoma State. First pitch at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will air locally on WTAW-AM 1620.
“We’re looking forward to the trip,” Childress said. “We can’t wait to get there and play another series. The stakes are dialed up when you start another weekend series, and our guys understand that. OSU has two great pitchers and a very potent lineup, so we’ll have our hands full. We just have to make them earn everything they get.”
TEXAS A&M POSTGAME NOTES
• With the victory, Texas A&M closes out it’s season-opening, 20-game homestand at 16-4. The Aggies are also now over halfway done with their home schedule with 19 dates remaining. A&M’s next home game will be Tuesday, April 1 against Stephen F. Austin.
• A season-high 19 players appeared in the game for the Aggies.
• The shutout was A&M’s first of the year and first since a 3-0 win over Dallas Baptist on May 4, 2007.
• Senior Dane Carter went 2-for-4, his 13th multi-hit showing in 20 games.
• Freshman Nick Fleece posted the first multi-hit outing of his career (2-for-4).
• Jose Duran and Darby Brown extended their hit streaks to four games.
• Texas A&M now leads the overall series with UT Arlington, 20-6, and has won three straight. The two teams will meet again up in Arlington on May 13.
• The start of the game was delayed 30 minutes due to heavy rains that passed over the stadium about 5:30 p.m. Intermittent showers fell throughout the contest.
• Game-time weather was 59 degrees with overcast skies and winds blowing in towards the first-base dugout at 15 miles per hour.