COLLEGE STATION -- Luke Anders and Blake Stouffer each had three hits and drove in two runs and Scott Migl struck out five over four innings of relief on Tuesday night to lead No. 14 Texas A&M past Houston, 8-3, at Olsen Field.
Migl (5-1) came on in the fourth after a one hour and five minute rain delay and did not allow a run, while scattering four hits.
“That was a big win for us,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “I thought Scott Migl was as sharp as I have seen him since he has been here. We were one hit away from making this a stress-free game, but their relievers did a good job of keeping the game close.”
With the win, the Aggies improved to 31-8 while the Cougars dropped to 19-17. A&M returns to Big 12 Conference action when they host No. 15 Oklahoma State in a three-game series at Olsen Field.
A&M took the initial lead in the bottom of the first with a pair of runs. With one out, Ben Feltner reached on a fielding error by starting pitcher Donnie Joseph (0-1) and moved to third on a throwing error by Joseph on the same play. Consecutive singles by Stouffer, Kyle Colligan and Anders plated the two runs.
A solo home run by Luis Flores in the top of the second cut the A&M lead to, 2-1.
Feltner drove in a run with a single in the bottom of the second to regain the two-run lead for A&M.
The Cougars cut the lead to one run again in the top of the third when Chris Joseph delivered a RBI double to left center.
The Aggies answered with three more runs in the bottom of the third to increase their lead to 6-2. Anders singled with one out and moved to second on a walk to Craig Stinson. Both runners moved up a station on a passed ball and then Anders scored and Stinson advanced to third on a wild pitch. Spencer Jackson drove in Stinson with a RBI single and Jackson scored on a double by Parker Dalton.
Shea Hancock came on to replace Donnie Joseph, but during the pitching change lightning and rain was detected in the area and play was halted. When play resumed, Hancock got out of the inning without any further damage.
Anders drove in his second run of the game in the fourth with a single and Stouffer notched his second RBI game with a single in the seventh to increase the A&M lead to 8-2.
Houston added a run in the top of the ninth on a RBI double Felix Faniselle to close out the scoring for the night.
Meyer pitched three complete innings before the delay and allowed two runs on three hits.
HOU – 011 000 001 – 3 9 3
A&M – 213 100 10X – 8 12 0
HOU: Joseph, Hancock (3), Laird (5), Raviele (9) and Flores, Wallace (8); A&M: Meyer, Migl (4), Renfro (8) and C. Stinson, J. Stinson (7).
E – HOU: Lormand (11), D. Joseph 2 (3)
SB – HOU: Lormand (13); A&M: Stouffer 2 (15), Colligan (11), Greene (4), Dalton (12)
2B – HOU: Lormand (13), Cesario (10), Faniselle (10); A&M: Dalton (12)
HR – HOU: Flores (7)
Win – Migl (5-1) Loss – D. Joseph (0-1) Save – none
T – 2:46
A – 3,056