ROUND ROCK, Texas- Jason Meyer struck out six hitters in 4 1/3 innings of relief work Tuesday night to lead No. 13 Texas A&M past Texas State, 9-4, at Dell Diamond.
Meyer (3-0) replaced A&M starter Kiel Renfro to start the third inning and allowed one run on five hits.
“The pitching tonight was outstanding,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “I hadn’t seen Meyer throw like that in a while and Kyle Thebeau brought an attitude with him out if the bullpen.”
Thebeau earned his second save of the year and did not allow a base runner, while striking out four in 2 2/3 innings.
With the win, A&M improved to 26-6, while Texas State dropped to 21-10. The Aggies return to Big 12 action this weekend when they travel to Lubbock for a three-game series against Texas Tech. The series will be played Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Brandon Hicks led off the top of the first with a home run to left to give the Aggies the initial lead. It was his homer of the year and his third to lead off the game.
Texas State countered in the bottom of the first with a run to tie the game. Laurn Randell legged out an infield single, stole second, and moved to third on a wild pitch. Randell easily scored on a chopper through the right side by Paul Goldschmidt.
The Bobcats took the lead in the bottom of the second with a pair of runs. Gerry Cervantez delivered an RBI single and later scored on a safety squeeze.
The Aggies cut the Texas State lead to one run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly to right by Luke Anders that scored Kyle Colligan.
A&M regained the lead in the top of the sixth by scoring five runs on five hits. Blake Stouffer had an RBI double before Hicks scored on a wild pitch. Colligan then drove in a run with a single and Craig Stinson hit a mammoth home run over the wall in left to give the Aggies a 7-3 lead. It was the fourth long ball of the year for Stinson.
Hicks doubled home Brodie Greene in the top of the seventh to stretch the Aggies’ lead to 8-3.
Meyer was lifted in the seventh after three-straight singles by the Bobcats made the score 8-4. Thebeau came on and fanned the first two men he faced to end the inning and the threat.
A&M regained the five-run lead in the eighth on a RBI double to left center by Luke Anders.
Texas State’s fifth pitcher of the game, Philip Lynch (0-1), suffered the loss. The Bobcats used eight pitchers in the game.