COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Texas A&M batted around in each of the first three innings, scoring a total of 21 runs, as the 16th-ranked Aggies cruised to a 21-4 win over Prairie View A&M in seven innings Wednesday night before 2,897 fans at Olsen Field.
A&M (26-14) fell behind after giving up an unearned run in the first, but responded with six hits and seven runs in the bottom of the frame to quickly take a big lead. The Aggies added five in the second and nine more in the third to earn their fifth straight win. The Panthers fell to 18-20 with the loss.
Big home runs would key the offense in the first two innings, as Kyle Colligan hit a three-run shot in the first and Caleb Shofner followed a Luke Anders solo blast with a three-run shot of his own.
A&M took a 12-1 lead into the third, where Prairie View bounced back with three runs on three hits. However, the first 10 Aggie batters in the bottom half of the inning all reached base safely, with the first nine coming home, as A&M opened up the commanding 17-run advantage. The game remained scoreless the rest of the way and was called after six-and-a-half innings.
Colligan tied a career high with five RBIs on the night, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Shofner was a perfect 3-for-3 with four RBIs, Anders went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and three others—Kevin Gonzalez, David Alleman and Adam Smith—posted two hits apiece.
The Aggies used six pitchers in a predetermined rotation, and sophomore starter Clayton Ehlert (3-0) picked up the victory. He allowed two hits and one unearned run, while fanning two, in two innings of work. The final four relievers—Hank Robertson, Denny Clement, Travis Starling and Shane Minks—allowed a combined two hits over 4 2/3 shutout innings.
Texas A&M returns to action on Friday when the Aggies open a critical Big 12 series against Oklahoma State (27-15, 5-9). A&M sophomore Brooks Raley (7-1, 2.02 ERA) is scheduled to toe the mound against Cowboy junior Tyler Blandford (6-2, 4.55). The game, which kicks off the annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Weekend, is set for 6:35 p.m.
• Wednesday’s game marked the first-ever meeting between the schools on the baseball diamond.
• Brodie Greene extended his career-high hit streak to nine games with a first-inning single.
• Kyle Colligan matched a career high with five RBIs on Wednesday (April 6, 2008 vs Kansas State).
• A&M’s first-inning error snapped a streak of 263 straight chances without a miscue…the Aggies had gone seven full games without an error and hadn’t booted a ball since the eighth inning against Houston on April 9.
• Kyle Colligan and Luke Anders each hit the 35th home run of their careers, placing them in a tie for fifth place—with each other—on the school’s all-time chart.
• Brooks Raley saw his streak of reaching base safely (hit or walk) end at 36…Raley, who played just two innings on Wednesday, was 0-for-3, but did reach base on a fielder’s choice and score in the first.
• Game-time temperature was a season-high 91 degrees, with clear skies and winds blowing out to center at 12 miles per hour (gusting to 26).
HEAD COACH ROB CHILDRESS: “I thought we played extremely well tonight. We played hard, and got some guys out there on the mound that hadn’t been out there in a while, that I thought were really good. Offensively it was impressive to watch. I don’t care who’s on the mound, what we did at the plate tonight really built on what we’ve done the last four games.”
(on Oklahoma State this weekend) “It’s important we play well this weekend. Everyone’s playing for something in the Big 12, and this is a huge weekend for us. After this series we only have one home game left in Big 12 play, and we have to take care of business. Oklahoma State’s backs are against the wall. They are 5-9 (in the league), probably the best 5-9 team in the country, with three outstanding starters. They have a freshman closer that’s outstanding, and they can swing the bats. We are going to have our hands full this weekend.”