COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The fifth-ranked Texas A&M baseball team saw its eight-game win streak come to an end with a 12-6 loss to Dallas Baptist Thursday night before 3,089 fans at Olsen Field.
With the loss, the Aggies fell to 38-8 on the year, while the Patriots improved to 30-13.
DBU scored in each of the first seven innings en route to its third win this season over a top-10 team.
“Tonight wasn’t so much about what we didn’t do, but what Dallas Baptist did offensively,” A&M coach Rob Childress said. “They were ready to go from the start and got after us. We didn’t throw up a zero until the eighth inning and their pitcher, Jordan Meaker, did an outstanding job. You have to give DBU credit.”
Trailing 3-0, the Aggies began the bottom of the second with back-to-back doubles by Luke Anders and Darby Brown. Brown’s two-bagger, his 10th of the season, easily scored Anders and gave the senior his 50th RBI of the campaign.
Two outs later, Brown scored from third when Patriots shortstop Austin Knight mishandled a chopper off the bat of Aggie catcher Kevin Gonzalez, cutting the lead to 3-2.
The momentum for A&M would be short lived, however, as Dallas Baptist scored two in the third and at least one run in the four following innings to build a 12-2 lead at the seventh-inning stretch. Of that nine-run spurt, six were scored after the second out of the inning was recorded.
Blake Stouffer led off the eighth with a solo shot to center, his fifth of the season, to spark a four-run rally. An RBI single by Brown, an RBI double by Brian Ruggiano and a run-scoring groundout by Brodie Greene accounted for the runs and pulled the Aggies within six heading to the ninth.
A&M was able to get two on quickly in the ninth but DBU went to its closer, Tyson Bagley, who got the final two outs of the game.
Meaker (5-1) picked up the victory, going 7 1/3 innings and allowing nine hits and six runs (five earned). He did not walk a batter while fanning seven.
Texas A&M starter Kirkland Rivers (0-1) suffered the loss, lasting two-plus innings and allowing five hits, five runs and one walk while striking out one.
All but one of the DBU starters posted at least two hits on the night, led by a 4-for-5 effort by center fielder Evan Bigley. Right fielder Nick Santos and catcher Brandon Bantz drove in three runs each.
Aggie third baseman Dane Carter posted his eighth three-hit game of the year, going 3-for-5 on the evening to lead the A&M offense. Brown went 2-for-4, driving in two and scoring twice, while Anders also went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Aggies, who lost the first game of a series for the first time since March 7 and only the second time all season, will look to bounce back on Friday. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve lost game one of the series,” Childress said. “We’ll come out tomorrow and be ready to compete. They have a very good team, and we’re not surprised by that.”
Friday marks the annual “Military Appreciation Night” at Olsen Field. Veterans will receive two free tickets to the game and will be honored on the field prior to the start of the ballgame. Those attending are asked to get to the stadium between 5:45 and six to prepare for pre-game festivities.
TEXAS A&M POSTGAME NOTES:
• Jose Duran extended his hit streak to 16 games with a third-inning single…Duran became the sixth player this season to hit safely in 16 straight contests.
• Texas A&M now leads the all-time series with Dallas Baptist, 17-5…DBU snapped a four-game losing streak to the Aggies with the victory.
• Texas A&M lost the first game of a series for only the second time this season, and the first in nearly two months…the Aggies lost game one to Rutgers on March 7 before bouncing back to take the final two games of the weekend.
• With 11 on the night, the Aggies have now reached double-figure hits in 16 of their last 23 games and 29 of 46 overall.
• Three Aggies posted multi-hit games: Dane Carter (27th season, 29th career)… Darby Brown (17th season, 29th career)… and Luke Anders (16th season, 36th career).
• Luke Anders was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning, marking the ninth straight game that an Aggie batter was plunked…for the season, Texas A&M batters have been hit 71 times, four shy of the single-season record of 75 (set last year)...Anders has been hit 17 times in 2008, three short of tying Justin Pouk (20 in 2003) for most HBP in a season.
• Game-time temperature was 80 degrees with cloudy skies and winds blowing out to center at 15 miles per hour.