COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 23 Texas A&M Aggies busted the Texas-Pan American Broncs, 13-0, Tuesday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. Texas A&M improves to 12-5 while UTPA falls to 9-8. The shutout marked the fourth time this season the Aggie pitching staff has kept the opponent off the scoreboard.
Patrick McLendon and Nick Banks each hit their first home runs for the Maroon and White. McLendon went 3-for-4 from the plate with four RBI while Banks came up a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI. Jace Statum, JB Moss and Cole Lankford also added three hits in the 19-hit affair.
Tyler Stubblefield (3-1) picked up his third win of the season, striking out six over 5.0 innings. Through 25.2 innings this season, the freshman has allowed only one earned run.
In the top of the first, UTPA put two of the first three batters on base, but a line drive fly out to left and a nifty relay by Logan Taylor ended the Broncs’ threat with a double play.
A&M wasted no time in jumping out to an early lead. Moss led off the bottom of the first with a single up the middle. McLendon hit a homer down the leftfield line on the fourth pitch of the game to stake the Aggies to a 2-0 edge. Lankford followed up with a double to deep center field before advancing to third on a fly ball by Hunter Melton. Troy Stein reached on a hit-by-pitch, but a 6-4-3 double play stalled the A&M offense.
Banks tacked on to the lead for the Maroon and White with an opposite field home run in the bottom of the second. Statum singled to center with one out and went from first-to-third on a hit through the left side by Moss to chase UTPA starter Logan Landon from the game. Back-to-back RBI singles by McLendon and Lankford pushed the lead to 5-0.
The Aggies added three more runs in the bottom of the third, all with two outs. Banks singled to right field and Ronnie Gideon drew a four-pitch walk before both runners advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch. Statum hit a Texas Leaguer into shallow right-center, scoring two. McLendon knocked another single down the left field line, plating another run, but was thrown out and second trying to stretch it to a double.
A&M slugged out two doubles and drew a leadoff walk in the fifth to expand the margin to 10-0. Taylor’s RBI double highlighted the sixth, which saw A&M push the lead to a baker’s dozen.
Jason Freeman worked out of a bases loaded, no-out jam in the top of the seventh to keep the Broncs off the board.
Logan Landon (0-2) was saddled with the loss after yielding five runs on six hits over 1.1 innings.
The Aggie baseball team will be in action again tomorrow for the second game of the mid-week series against UTPA at 3:05. To learn more about the team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @Aggie_Baseball on Twitter.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head coach Rob Childress
On the team’s performance…
“I’m proud of our guys. They responded after the disappointing effort on Sunday. We had a good practice yesterday and I thought we played with an edge today. We played pretty good baseball.”
On the first inning…
“We got a lot of guys in the game. There were a lot of defining moments in that game and it started in the top of the first. Tyler wasn’t very sharp. They tried to hit-and-run and Moss made an amazing play. They loaded the bases a couple of times later in the game and we were able to get out of it. From an offensive standpoint, it was impressive to sit back and watch tonight.”
On the offensive performance…
“We had a great approach. We used the middle of the field. Their starter wanted to work in the bottom of the zone, but we forced him to get the ball down in the zone. We got the big hits when it mattered. Nick Banks had a great night tonight. He really showed how talented he is. The more at-bats we can give him, the better he’s going to be. Patrick McLendon had a great night as well.”
Junior infielder Patrick McLendon
On his home run in the first inning…
“It was nice to get the offense rolling again. Early in the game, you’re looking to feel guys out and see how they throw. I was able to get a good pitch to hit.”
On the first inning…
“It was good to get that double play and give Tyler some breathing room. It helped him settled down. Getting on the board first helps everyone settle down.”