HUNTSVILLE, Texas—No. 5 Texas A&M hit four home runs and tallied a season-high 22 hits to power past Sam Houston State, 13-9, Tuesday night before an all-time record crowd of 1,821 fans at Don Sanders Stadium.
Leading 4-3 entering the seventh, the Aggies scored nine runs in the final three frames and withstood a six-run Bearkat ninth to earn the victory. Luke Anders and Dane Carter each hit three-run home runs on the night, with Kyle Colligan adding a two-run shot and Brodie Greene a solo blast.
The Aggies (41-8), who posted their most hits in a game since 1999, won their ninth straight road game for the first time in 19 years. The Bearkats, meanwhile, saw a 10-game home win streak snapped and fell to 30-20.
“We found ourselves down 3-0 tonight and we didn’t panic,” A&M coach Rob Childress said. “We found a way to chip away and get back in the game, and had some big innings there as well. It was a really good night offensively and a good win for us against a very good-hitting Sam Houston team that does not quit.”
Sam Houston struck first in the second off Aggie starter Scott Migl. Back-to-back leadoff singles by the Bearkats to lead off the inning, followed by a wild pitch, put runners at the corners with no outs. Ryan Trevino’s ensuing fielder’s choice ground ball to shortstop drove Nick Zaleski in from third to make the score 1-0.
The Kats would add a pair of unearned runs in the next frame to extend their lead to 3-0. A two-out RBI double by Seth Hammock and an RBI single to center by Zaleski accounted for the scoring.
A&M would tie the game in the fourth off SHSU’s third pitcher of the night. Dane Carter greeted Justin Jackson with a double just over the head of outfielder Keith Stein in the left center field gap. Jose Duran followed with an infield single to the left of the pitcher’s mound, putting runners on the corners.
Designated hitter Luke Anders stepped to the plate and, after fouling off the first pitch he saw, blasted a three-run shot—his 13th round-tripper of the season—to right center field.
The score would remain the same until the sixth when Brodie Greene drove a two-out single up the middle to score Jose Duran, giving A&M a 4-3 lead.
Carter’s three-run blast came in the seventh, while Greene and Colligan each drove a ball out of the park in the eighth to fuel a five-run frame. Darby Brown drove in A&M’s final run on the night in the ninth with a two-out single.
Sam Houston rallied in the ninth off Aggie closer Travis Starling, scoring six runs with two outs, but the sophomore got Jaime Rohlmeier to ground out to short to end the game.
Migl (3-2) picked up the win, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing seven hits, three runs (one earned) while walking one and fanning two. Hank Robertson, Kyle Thebeau and Michael Heard combined for 2 1/3 innings of one-hit, shutout relief.
“The first four guys were outstanding tonight,” Childress said. “I thought Scott Migl got better every inning out there, a lot like last week at TCU. Hank (Robertson), (Kyle) Thebeau and Michael Heard all did their job as well. Travis Starling’s been incredible all year long, and if he’s going to pick a night to be off, do it with a 10-run lead. I told him he’d be on the mound Friday night in a one-run game and to shake this off and leave it here. If he’s going to do this once every 21 outings, I’ll take that every time. He’s our guy.”
The Bearkats used nine pitchers on the night, with none going more than two innings. Brent Powers (2-3) took the loss.
Texas A&M returns to action this weekend when the Aggies head to Lincoln for a Big 12 showdown with No. 5 Nebraska. First pitch of the three-game series is set for Friday at 6:35 p.m. Fans can listen to all the action from Haymarket Park locally on WTAW-AM 1620.
“I’m looking forward to this weekend,” Childress said. “It won’t be about a family reunion this time, or a homecoming. It will be about two great teams going at it. It should be a tremendous series.”
TEXAS A&M POSTGAME NOTES:
• The Aggies’ 22 hits were the most in a game since a 22-hit effort against Clemson in game one of the NCAA Super Regional at Olsen Field on June 4, 1999…it was A&M’s seventh 20-hit game in the last 10 seasons… the Aggies have now reached double-figure hits in 19 of their last 26 games and 32 of 49 overall.
• Texas A&M won its ninth straight true road game for the first time since 1989, when the Aggies won 10 in a row on the road.
• Tuesday’s attendance of 1,821 smashed the Don Sanders Stadium all-time record…the previous high was 1,253 in the Aggies’ only other visit to the facility on Feb. 14, 2006.
• Jose Duran’s infield single in the third inning extended his hit streak to a career-high 19 games…Duran tied Blake Stouffer for the longest hit streak by an Aggie in 2008.
• Luke Anders hit his team-leading 13th home run of the year in the third inning, giving Anders the most long balls in a single season since Cory Patton hit 13 in 2003.
• Texas A&M posted its 16th multi-homer game of 2008…Tuesday marked the second time this season that the Aggies hit four or more home runs in one game (five at Baylor, April 19).
• Brodie Greene’s solo shot in the eighth was A&M’s 60th of the year, marking only the 12th time in school history that an Aggie team hit 60 or more home runs in a season.
• Seven Aggies posted multi-hit games: Kyle Colligan (16th season, 44th career)… Dane Carter (29th season, 31st career)…Jose Duran (27th season/career)… Darby Brown (19th season, 31st career)…Luke Anders (18th season, 38th career)… Brodie Greene (seventh season, 12th career)…and Kevin Gonzalez (fifth season/career).
• Kyle Colligan set a new career high with four hits on the night…Dane Carter posted his fourth four-RBI game of the year, tying a career high.
• Blake Stouffer was hit by pitches in the first and eighth innings, giving Texas A&M 73 hit batsmen in 2008…the Aggies are now two shy of tying the school’s single-season record of 75, set last year.
• Kyle Thebeau made his 69th appearance of his career, tying him with Scott Centala for fifth place on the Aggies’ all-time chart.
• Texas A&M now leads the all-time series with Sam Houston, 82-36-2, and won its third in a row against SHSU…the Aggies have not lost to the Bearkats since April 17, 2001, an unbeaten streak of 14 games.
• Game-time temperature was 77 degrees with overcast skies and winds blowing out to left center at 12 miles per hour.