COLUMBIA, Mo. – David Newmann struck out seven in six scoreless innings and Luke Anders went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Sunday afternoon to lead No. 13 Texas A&M past No. 25 Missouri, 5-2, at Taylor Stadium.
Newmann (6-1) was dominant, allowing just two hits and walking only two.
“I am glad we won the series against a very good team, but we have room to improve,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “I though David Newmann was outstanding today after struggling a little with his command in the first.”
With the series win, the Aggies improved to 30-8 overall and to 8-6 in Big 12 Conference action. Missouri dropped to 25-11 and 7-5 in the league. Texas A&M returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Houston. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Olsen Field.
Back-to-back solo home runs by Anders and Craig Stinson off Missouri starter Greg Folgia in the top of the second gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead.
A&M added three runs in the top of the fifth to increase its lead to 5-0. Daman Aaron singled and Brandon Hicks and Parker Dalton were hit by pitches to load the bases and chase Folgia (2-3) from the game. Blake Stouffer singled to left off reliever Brant Combs to drive in two runs. Later in the inning, Anders delivered his second RBI of the game with a single off the third pitcher of the inning Stephan Holst.
Clayton Ehlert, making just his second appearance of the year, relieved Newmann to start the bottom of the seventh. Ehlert loaded the bases with a walk a hit batter and a bloop single, before walking Kyle Mach to force in a run. Kirkland Rivers then entered the game and struck out Gary Arndt and coaxed Evan Frey to ground into a double play to end the inning and the threat.
Missouri scored again in the bottom of the eight to cut the lead to 5-2. A pair of walks and a hit batter by Rivers loaded the bases with one out. Kyle Thebeau replaced Rivers and got Jacob Priday to pop up to second. An infield fly was called for the second out of the inning, but Dalton dropped the pop-up to allow a run to score. Brock Bond then flew out to center to end the inning.
“Kirkland did a nice job of coming in a cleaning up the mess in the seventh,” Childress said. “Then he came out and made his own mess in the eighth, but Thebeau came in and cleaned that one up.”
Thebeau retired the side in the ninth to earn his third save of the year.
A&M – 020 030 000 – 5 10 3
MU – 000 000 110 – 2 3 0
A&M: Newmann, Ehlert (7), Rivers (7), Thebeau (8) and C. Stinson; MU: Folgia, Combs (5), Holst (5), Hicks (7), Gibson (8) and Coleman.
E – A&M: Hicks 2 (15), Dalton (9)
SB – A&M: C. Stinson (1); MU: Lollis (10)
2B – A&M: Jackson (1)
HR – A&M: Anders (7), C. Stinson (5)
Win – Newmann (6-1) Loss – Folgia (2-3) Save – Thebeau (3)
T – 3:04
A – 728