Aggies Build On Winning Streak

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Kiel Renfro tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and Blake Stouffer went 3-for-5 with five RBI on Saturday night to lead the No. 19 Texas A&M baseball team past Saint Louis, 14-3, in second-day action of the Domino’s Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic at Olsen Field.

Renfro allowed just two hits and a walk, while fanning six Billiken hitters.

“Kiel really came in and gave us a lift,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “It was a close game when he came in and he really limited them offensively.”

With the win, the Aggies improved to 14-1 overall and 2-0 in the Aggie Classic while Saint Louis dropped to 1-7 and 1-1. A&M increased its current winning streak to 13 games.

The tournament continues Sunday. Oregon State will play Saint Louis at 12:30 p.m. and Texas A&M faces New Mexico at 6:30 p.m.

The Aggies struck first in the top of the first off Billikens’ starter Brock Hewitt. Brandon Hicks singled and moved to second when Ben Feltner reached on a fielding error by third baseman Casey Moore. Stouffer singled to plate Hicks, and Brown grounded out to score Feltner, making the score 2-0.

Saint Louis answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first off A&M starter Jason Meyer. J.D. Dunn walked to start the inning and Ryan Crespi doubled. Dunn scored when Feltner misplayed the ball in left. Crespi scored one batter later on a single by Moore.

A&M manufactured a run in the second to regain the lead, 3-2. Josh Stinson doubled to start the inning, moved to third on a ground ball by Dane Carter, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hicks.

In the bottom of the third, Saint Louis tied the game at three. Meyer issued a lead walk to Dunn, who advanced to second on a passed ball, and to third on a groundout. Greg Rodgers delivered a two-out single to plate Dunn.

Renfro relieved Meyer in the fourth after he issued his fourth and fifth walks of the game. Meyer lasted 3 2/3, allowing three runs – two earned – on three hits, while striking out four.

A&M exploded for six runs on seven hits in the top of the sixth to put the game out of reach at 9-3. The Aggies used their speed to their advantage, stealing five bases in the frame. Daman Aaron and Brandon Hicks each drove in runs with singles and Blake Stouffer drove in two with a single. The most exciting play of the inning was when pinch runner Brian Ruggiano scored from third and Aaron scored from second on a double suicide squeeze by Josh Stinson.

A&M added two runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth to close out the scoring for the game. Stouffer drove in two of the three ninth-inning runs with a triple to right center.

Hewitt (0-3) lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on six hits. He struck out two and walked one.

In the first game of the day, No. 9 Oregon State (12-3, 1-1 Aggie Classic) defeated New Mexico (6-10, 0-2 Aggie Classic), 6-2.

A&M – 210 006 023 – 14 16 3

SLU – 201 000 000 – 3 7 1

A&M: Meyer, Renfro (4), Starling (9) and J. Stinson; SLU: Hewitt, Brewer (6), Wise (6), Paulson (8) and Musselman, C. Moore (8).

E – A&M: Feltner (2), Brown (2), Meyer (2); SLU: C. Moore (2)

2B – A&M: J. Stinson (1); SLU: Crespi (3)

3B – A&M: Stouffer (2)

SB – A&M: Hicks (12), Feltner 2 (11), Colligan (7), Ruggiano (2), Aaron (1), Dalton 2 (6)

Win: Renfro (2-0), Loss: Hewitt (0-3), Save: none

T – 3:31

A – 4,381