COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 2 Texas A&M baseball team saw its five-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night as it dropped a 3-2 decision to visiting UT Arlington in front of 3,321 fans on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
The setback dropped the Aggies’ overall record to 26-7 on the year while the Mavericks improved to 21-12, including wins over three other Big 12 opponents in Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas.
“It was a disappointing night,” Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “We weren’t ready to go and that falls on the head coach. There in the fifth inning, we gave up the third run. We had two outs and we just weren’t able to finish the inning. Before that we had a chance to extend the lead. Krey led off the third inning with a double. We got him to third with less than two outs and weren’t able to get him in. We left a small village on the base paths tonight.”
On the night the Aggies left 11 men on base and were unable to get the big hit when they needed it, finishing 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Texas A&M jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when junior left fielder Brandon Wood connected on a solo home run off UTA starter Adam Westbrook.
The Mavericks countered with two runs in the top of the fourth inning as they used a leadoff walk and three hits in the frame to take a 2-1 advantage against freshman right-hander Gandy Stubblefield, who was making his third straight Tuesday night start on the mound.
Sophomore catcher Troy Stein got the Aggies going in the home half of the frame as he notched his second double of the night and was able to come around to score the tying run on a RBI single by Scott Arthur.
Unfortunately for the Aggies, the Mavericks put together a two-out rally in the top of the fifth off A&M freshman Daniel Mengden (0-3). After Mengden struck out the first two batters of the frame, three straight UTA base hits put the visitors ahead 3-2 in what would becoming the game’s final score.
The Aggies got a runner into scoring position in the bottom of the fifth and loaded the bases in the home half of the seventh but could not find the big hit to change the momentum.
UTA lefty Chase Weaver (3-0) picked up the win, while fellow relievers Chad Nack and Adam Boydston snuffed out any potential Aggie rally during the game’s final 2.1 innings.
Texas A&M baseball is back in action this weekend when it travels to Lawrence, Kan., to battle Kansas in a three-game series at Hoglund Ballpark.
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