COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Kyle Nicholson struck out seven and allowed one run in seven-complete innings on Sunday afternoon to lead No. 9 Texas A&M past Florida, 6-1, at Olsen Field.
Nicholson (4-1) tied his career high in strikeouts and did not walk a man. He scattered five hits.
With the sweep, A&M improved to 18-2 while Florida dropped to 9-10.
“It was a complete weekend for us,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “I was pleased to see we played good defense, threw a bunch of strikes and hit the ball well. We will have a lot of confidence heading into the conference season.”
The Aggies do not return to action until next weekend when they open Big 12 Conference play. A&M will host Kansas in a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Olsen Field.
The Aggies took the early lead in the top of the first with an unearned run off Florida starter Billy Bullock. Ben Feltner drew a one-out walk, stole his 15th base of the season, and moved to third on a passed ball. Blake Stouffer lifted a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Feltner to trot home.
Florida tied the game in the top of the fourth with a solo home run by Matt den Decker.
A&M regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs. Luke Anders singled with one out and moved to second on a walk to Josh Stinson. After a flyout by Parker Dalton, Brandon Hick singled to score Anders. Both Hicks and Stinson advanced a base when center fielder den Decker misplayed the ball. Stinson scored one batter later on an infield single by Feltner. Hicks also tried to score, but was gunned down at the plate on a perfect throw by first baseman Ryan LaPorta. The hit extended Feltner’s hitting streak to 16 games.
The Aggies stretched their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth. Josh Stinson drove in Kyle Colligan, who tripled to start the inning, with a groundout to make the score 4-1.
A&M tagged on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Spencer Jackson. Craig Stinson also scored on the play when the ball got past left fielder Austin Pride.
Bullock (2-3) lasted four-complete innings and allowed three runs – one earned – on four hits. He struck out two and walked three.
Kiel Renfro and Jason Meyer each pitched a scoreless inning in relief for the Aggies
FLA – 000 100 000 – 1 6 3
A&M – 100 201 20x – 6 9 1
FLA: Bullock, Keating (5), Edmondson (7) and Tignor; A&M: Nicholson, Renfro (8), Meyer (9) and J. Stinson.
E – FLA: Pride (3), den Dekker (3), Barnes (3); A&M: Hicks (6)
3B – A&M: Colligan (1)
HR – FLA: den Dekker (4)
SB – A&M: Feltner (15)
Win: Nicholson (4-1), Loss: Bullock (2-3), Save: none
T – 2:54
A – 3,577