HOUSTON—Houston native Scott Migl allowed two earned runs over a career-high 7 2/3 innings, and Brian Ruggiano drove in a career-high four runs as No. 8 Texas A&M won its 10th straight game Tuesday evening with a 13-6 win over No. 19 Houston before a season-high 2,014 fans at Cougar Field.
The Aggies, who won their 23rd consecutive mid-week game, improved to 27-6 while the Cougars fell to 19-11. The victory was the 100th of coach Rob Childress’ career, all coming at A&M.
Migl, a sophomore who prepped at St. Pius High School, allowed five hits in his outing and five runs (two earned). He walked two and fanned six while improving to 2-1 on the year.
Besides the performance of Migl on the mound, the story of Tuesday’s win was clutch hitting. Of the Aggies’ 13 RBI on the night, 11 came with two outs.
“It’s pretty amazing to get 11 two-out runs,” Childress said. “For the last two weeks, we’ve had guys up and down the lineup really get going. They’ve been pretty impressive to watch. And on the mound, I was really proud of Scott’s effort tonight. Especially there in the middle innings, he was outstanding.”
A five-run first vaulted A&M to a yet another quick lead. With the bases loaded and two out, first baseman Luke Anders fell behind in the count before driving a 1-2 pitch from starter Jared Ray into right field. Kyle Colligan scored easily from third, and Blake Stouffer followed with a nice slide around catcher Chris Wallace for the game’s second run.
The next batter, Ruggiano, drove a 2-2 pitch high down the line in left field and over the fence for his fourth home run of the year. The three-run blast gave the Aggies a 5-0 advantage.
Houston got on the board with a single run in the second. After a hit batsman and double put runners in scoring position with one out, an infield groundout by right fielder Bryan Tully made the score 5-1.
The Cougars added a run in the third on a double steal. With runners breaking from first and second, Migl fanned third baseman Bryan Pounds, but a throw to third by Ruggiano trying to get the lead runner bounced off Carter and into shallow left. The miscue brought Blake Kelso home from third to make the score 5-2.
Migl was outstanding in the middle stretch of the game. After allowing a third-inning single to Pounds, he did not give up another hit until an eighth-inning double by Jake Stewart. During that stretch, Migl faced 16 hitters, just one over the minimum. Only two reached base—one on an error that was erased by a double play, and one on a hit by a pitch.
With two on and one out in the top of the fifth, shortstop Jose Duran and designated hitter Darby Brown tallied back-to-back RBI singles to right, pushing the A&M advantage back to five at 7-2.
The Aggies added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings on a Colligan sacrifice fly and a Ruggiano RBI single, respectively.
Carter, Duran and Anders each drove in a run in the eighth, while Carter added another RBI in the ninth for A&M’s final run of the evening.
Houston plated three runs, two unearned, off Migl in the eighth and one off Carson Middleton in the ninth.
Six Aggies had multi-hit games, with Colligan, Carter and Duran posting three hits apiece. Besides Ruggiano’s four RBI, Anders drove in three while Carter and Duran added two each.
Ray (0-1) suffered the loss for the Cougars, lasting 4 2/3 innings and allowing 10 hits and seven runs (two earned). He fanned four and did not walk a batter.
Texas A&M returns to action this weekend when the Aggies host Oklahoma in a Big 12 series at Olsen Field. Game time on Friday and Saturday is set for 6:30 p.m., while Sunday’s finale will begin at 1 p.m. and will be televised nationally by FOX College Sports.
Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase both reserved and general admission tickets prior to arrival at the stadium to avoid long walk-up lines. Traditionally, Parents’ Weekend crowds rank among the largest each year at Olsen.
Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Athletic Ticket Office in the north end of Kyle Field or at Reed Arena, calling at 1-888-99-AGGIE or logging on to aggieathletics.com. The office, as well as the Reed Arena window, is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
“We’re looking forward to some great crowds,” Childress said. “The fans have been great all season long, and when you throw Parents’ Weekend into that, it’s going to be even better. We’ll need it against a great Oklahoma team.”
TEXAS A&M POSTGAME NOTES:
• Rob Childress is now 100-55-1 in two-plus seasons as the head coach at Texas A&M…Childress is the third-winningest coach of all time in Aggieland, trailing only Tom Chandler and Mark Johnson.
• Texas A&M has won 23 consecutive mid-week contests dating back two seasons…the last team to beat the Aggies in a mid-week game was Houston, who took a 9-6 victory at Olsen Field on April 18, 2006.
• Texas A&M has scored 12 or more runs in three consecutive games for the first time since 1999…the Aggies swept Texas-Pan American to open that season, 12-2, 15-1 and 21-5 (Feb. 5 & 6).
• Texas A&M has hit a home run in eight consecutive games…the last time the Aggies accomplished that feat was last season (March 23-April 3).
• With 18 hits on the night, the Aggies matched a season high and have now tallied double-figure hits in nine of their last 10 games and in 22 of 33 overall.
• Scott Migl threw a career-high 7 2/3 innings…his previous high was seven innings twice last season, against both Dallas Baptist (May 4) and Louisiana-Lafayette (June 3).
• Brian Ruggiano drove in a career-high four runs on the evening…his previous best was three against Texas-Pan American on Feb. 16, 2007.
• Darby Brown pushed his hit streak to a career-long 17 games with a fifth-inning single.
• With a leadoff single, Kyle Colligan tied a career high by extending his hit streak to 10 games…he has now reached base safely (hit or walk) as the game’s leadoff batter in eight of the last nine contests.
• Colligan matched a career high with three hits on the night.
• With a fifth-inning single, Dane Carter has now hit safely in 14 straight games and 31 of the Aggies’ 33 overall…Carter has reached base safely (hit or walk) in all 33 contests…he has also scored a run in seven straight games.
• Luke Anders’ two-run single in the first extended his hit streak to a season-high six games.
• Texas A&M now leads the all-time series with Houston, 104-52-1…the Aggies are now 13-2 all-time against UH at Cougar Field and have won the last four meetings there…A&M’s 13 runs were its most against the Cougars since April 20, 1999 (15-5 win in College Station).
• Game-time temperature was 80 degrees with mostly sunny skies and winds blowing towards the left field line at six miles per hour.
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