COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 30 Texas A&M Baseball team was doomed by 11 walks issued by Aggie pitchers in a 14-2 loss to the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels in action at the 2013 Astros Foundation College Classic on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
A&M jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Mikey Reynolds was issued a base on balls to start the game and Krey Bratsen pushed him to second with a sacrifice bunt. An infield single by Daniel Mengden, fly out by Jonathan Moroney and walk by Blake Allemand loaded the bases. Troy Stein was hit by a pitch to drive in Reynolds for the game’s first run. Logan Taylor had a 10-pitch at-bat, but it resulted in an inning ending line drive to centerfield.
The Tar Heels responded with three runs in the home half of the first to take a 3-1 advantage. Chaz Frank, Landon Lassiter and Colin Moran all drew walks to start the frame. A wild pitch by Aggie starter Rafael Pineda pushed Frank across for the tying run. Skye Bolt was issued a walk to reload the bases, driving Pineda from the mound. Matt Kent came in from the bullpen, allowing an RBI fielder’s choice grounder by Cody Stubbs and an RBI single by Michael Russell, before ending the inning with a bunt force out by Mike Zolk and a strikeout swinging by Brian Holbertson.
The Aggies manufactured a run in the top of the second to cut the UNC lead to 3-2. Brandon Wood drew a leadoff walk and with one out he stole second and third base. Reynolds plated Wood with a grounder to short, shaving a run off the lead.
North Carolina (10-0) scored five runs in the bottom of the second to take an 8-2 lead. Lassiter plated the first run of the frame with a double to the gap in left centerfield. Russell drew a walk with bases loaded to give the Tar Heels a 5-2 edge. An RBI double by Stubbs and a two-run single by Holbertson capped off the rally.
The Tar Heels put up four runs in the bottom of the third to inflate their cushion to 12-2. The inning featured an RBI walk by Russell, two-run single by Zolk and an RBI, pinch-hit double by Alex Raburn.
North Carolina added a run in the bottom of the fourth. Frank drew a leadoff walk and Lassiter followed with a single to the gap in left centerfield. A groundout to first base by Moran pushed both runners into scoring position and Frank scored on a passed ball to extend the lead to 13-2.
The Tar Heels capped off the scoring in the fifth with an RBI single by Frank for the 14-2 margin.
Reynolds logged a hit in his 12th consecutive game. Bratsen had an 11-game hit streak snapped.
Lassiter and Moran led North Carolina’s offense with three runs apiece. Stubbs, Russell, Zolk and Holbertson had two RBI apiece.
Pineda (1-1) was saddled with the loss for A&M. He allowed three runs, walking all four batters he faced and uncorked one wild pitch.
Chris Munnelly (1-0) earned the win in relief. He scattered one hit and four walks while striking out five over 2.2 innings. Tar Heels starter Hobbs Johnson allowed two runs on one hit and five walks while striking out one over 2.1 innings.
Texas A&M returns to action on Tuesday with a 6:35 pm contest against the Prairie View A&M Panthers on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
HOUSTON, TX — The three-day Astros Foundation College Classic baseball tournament (March 1-3) concluded tonight at Minute Maid Park with North Carolina, the No. 1 team in the nation, finishing with a perfect 3-0 record. Houston and Baylor finished with 2-1 marks; Texas A&M and California went 1-2, while Rice went 0-3.
Each team placed at least one player on the 2013 Astros Foundation College Classic All-Tournament Team, which was highlighted by the Classic’s Most Outstanding Player 3B Cal Towey from Baylor, who hit .600 (6x10) with two doubles, one triple, six RBI, four runs scored and three walks.
The remaining 2013 All-Tournament Team filled out as listed below:
C Caleb Barker, Houston .400 (4x10), 2 2B, 4RBI, 2R, BB
1B Brenden Farney, Cal .417 (5x12), 2B, 2RBI, BB
2B Josh Vidales, Houston .500 (3x6), RBI, 3R, 6BB
3B Cal Towey, Baylor .600 (6x10), 2 2B, 3B, 6RBI, 4R, 3BB
SS Landon Lassiter, North Carolina .500 (6x12), 2B, 3B, 2RBI, 5R, 3BB
OF Jonathan Moroney, Texas A&M .556 (5x9), 2B, HR, 4RBI, 2R, BB
OF Nathan Orf, Baylor .500 (5x10), 2B, 3RBI, 5R, BB
OF Michael Russell, North Carolina .300 (3x10), 4RBI, 2R, 2BB
DH Kyle Kirk, Houston .333 (4x12), 2B, 6RBI, 3R, BB
P Kent Emanuel, North Carolina 0-0, 1.29 ERA (1ER/7IP), 8H, BB, 5SO
P Max Garner, Baylor 1-0, 2.16 ERA (2ER/8.1IP), 6H, 3BB, 8SO
P Austin Kubitza, Rice 0-0, 1.35 ERA (1ER/6.2IP), 4H, 2BB, 9SO
P Dillon Newman, Baylor 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0ER/7IP), 3H, 0BB, 8SO
Astros Foundation College Classic Most Outstanding Player: 3B Cal Towey, Baylor
The Astros also announced the field for the 2014 Astros Foundation College Classic will feature six universities, which all hail from the state of Texas. Rice University and the University of Houston will make their annual appearances in the tournament and will be joined by Texas, Texas Tech, TCU and Sam Houston State. This will mark the second time in tournament history that the field will feature all Texas teams and the first time since the inaugural tournament in 2001 (Baylor, Houston, Rice, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech).
The 2014 Astros Foundation College Classic will mark the event’s 14th year and will feature nine games at Minute Maid Park from Feb. 28-March 2, 2014.