FORT WORTH, Texas—Brodie Greene scored the winning run on a two-out wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning to lift No. 5 Texas A&M to a 3-2 victory over TCU Tuesday night before an all-time record crowd of 4,294 fans at Lupton Stadium.
Greene drew a lead walk to begin the ninth and, one out later, Kyle Colligan was hit by a pitch to push Greene into scoring position. After a line out to left field, a passed ball moved the runners to second and third before Horned Frog pitcher Andrew Cashner uncorked a 2-2 pitch back to the screen to bring Greene home.
Kyle Thebeau retired the side in the ninth, sandwiched around a two-out hit batter, to close out the win.
The Aggies won their seventh straight and improved to 38-7 on the year, while TCU fell to 29-16.
“I thought it was a great ballgame,” A&M coach Rob Childress said. “I thought their pitchers did a great job against our offense, and Scott Migl was equally as good. Somehow, someway we found a way to win, and that’s kind of the way our team has been all year long. This is a big win for us, especially on the road against a very good TCU squad.”
Fort Worth native Jose Duran drove in the game’s first run in the top of the third inning. With two outs and Dane Carter at first base, Duran drove a 1-2 pitch high over the head of right fielder Chris Ellington and up against the fence. The triple, his seventh of the year, extended his hit streak to 15 games and gave A&M an early 1-0 lead.
Colligan led off the Aggie fourth with a double down the left field line, his team-leading 13th of the year. After Blake Stouffer moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt, Carter drove a 2-0 pitch deep to center field. The sacrifice fly gave Carter his 50th RBI of the year and Texas A&M a 2-0 lead.
TCU scored a pair in the fifth off Aggie starter Scott Migl to tie the game.
Third baseman Matt Carpenter led off the inning with a flare to right and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. The next batter, first baseman Matt Vern, shot a 1-1 pitch through the middle to drive in Carpenter with the Frogs’ first run of the night and moved to second on the play on a fielding error by Colligan. The miscue would prove costly, as with two outs shortstop Bryan Kervin tied the game with an RBI single through the right side of the infield.
With the go-ahead run at second with one out in the seventh, A&M went to Kyle Thebeau out of the bullpen. The junior fanned the first batter he faced, but a wild pitch on the third strike allowed him to reach safely and the runner, Carpenter, to reach third.
After a stolen base put two in scoring position, Thebeau got the next batter—leadoff man Ben Carruthers—to ground to third. Carpenter got caught in a rundown on the play and was tagged going home for the inning’s second out. Carruthers took second on the play, but Thebeau got a weak ground ball off the bat of Kervin to end the threat and keep the score deadlocked at two.
Thebeau (5-2) picked up the win, throwing 2 2/3 innings of no-hit relief. He hit a batter but issued no walks while punching out three.
Migl did not factor in the decision but had a strong outing, going five innings and allowing six hits and two runs (one earned). He did not walk or strike out a batter.
Cashner (7-3) suffered the loss, allowing one hit and one unearned run in two innings of work.
“I felt like it was a home game for us,” Childress said. “You could feel the energy on our side. There was a lot of maroon here, and it feels good to know when we go on the road we’re going to have great crowds pulling for us too.”
Texas A&M returns to action on Thursday as the Aggies open a three-game series with Dallas Baptist (29-12). First pitch at Olsen Field is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will air locally on WTAW-AM 1620.
Kids 12 and under can receive free admission with a paid adult through the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” promotion. There is a limit of four kids per adult and all seats are general admission.
TEXAS A&M POSTGAME NOTES:
• A&M has now won eight consecutive road games for the first time since 1989.
• In the Aggies’ first-ever visit to Lupton Stadium, Tuesday’s attendance of 4,294 smashed the facility’s all-time record…the previous high was 3,251 in a game against Texas-Pan American on April 26, 2005.
• Jose Duran’s third-inning triple was his seventh of the season, moving the junior two shy of the school’s single-season record (9, Brian Thomas, 1993)…teammate Dane Carter sits in second place on the single-season charts with eight triples in 2008.
• Duran’s triple gave A&M 26 on the season, six shy of the school’s single-season record (32 in 1989 and 1992).
• Multi-hit games: Jose Duran (25th season/career)…Kyle Colligan (15th season, 43rd career).
• The Aggies were hit by five pitches on the night, tying a season high…it marked the eighth straight game that an Aggie batter was plunked…for the season, Texas A&M batters have been hit 70 times, five shy of the single-season record of 75 (set last year).
• Texas A&M now leads the all-time series with TCU, 158-85-4.
• Game-time temperature was 78 degrees with clear skies and winds blowing in from right center at 10 miles per hour.