COLLEGE STATION, Tex. - The No.11 Texas A&M Aggies fell, 3-2, to the Missouri Tigers in a 15-inning duel of pitching staffs Saturday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
The Aggies let a 2-0 lead slip away with one strike left to end the game. Pinch-hitter Thomas Broyles hit a two-out, two-run home run on a 1-2 offering to tie the game in the top of the ninth.
Missouri mustered a run in the top of the 15th with two singles sandwiched around a wild pitch to take the lead. The Aggies got the tying run to third in the home half of the 15th.
Asa Lacy had a stellar start, scattering four hits and one walk while fanning 12 in 7.2 scoreless innings. Chandler Jozwiak was saddled with the loss despite an outstanding performance out of the bullpen. He allowed one run on six hits and one walk while striking out four in 5.2 innings.
The Aggies’ pitching staff recorded their 11th straight double-digit strikeout performance and 22nd of the season.
Logan Foster and Braden Shewmake led the Aggies offensively. Foster was 3-for-6 with one run and one RBI, while Shewmake tallied three hits. Texas A&M was doomed by 1-for-10 hitting with runners in scoring position and four double plays.
The loss snapped the Aggies’ eight game win streak. The Maroon & White dropped to 23-6 overall and 6-2 in the SEC. Missouri improved to 18-10 overall and 3-5 in league play.
The rubber match is slated for Sunday at 1:02 p.m.
B5| Logan Foster shot a leadoff single through the left side of the infield. Aaron Walters reached base and advanced Foster to second on a failed double-play ball. Allonte Wingate moved both runners into scoring position on a groundout to second base and Zach DeLoach was hit by a pitch to filledhe bags with Ags. Foster broke the ice, coming in to score when Bryce Blaum was struck by a ball. A&M 1, MIZ 0.
B6 | With one out, Jonathan Ducoff laced a single to leftfield and stole second base. Ty Coleman drew a six-pitch base on balls, before Foster knocked a single through the right side of the infield, plating Ducoff from second. A&M 2, MIZ 0.
T9 | Mark Vierling dribbled a one-out single to third base. Down to their last strike, pinch-hitter Thomas Broyles tied things up with a two-run home run to leftfield. A&M 2, MIZ 2.
T15| With two outs, Chris Cornelius singled through the left side of the infield, and advance to second on a wild pitch. Vierling singled through the right side, plating Cornelius. MIZ 3, A&M 2.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Rob Childress
On Asa Lacy’s performance…
“Well both starters were outstanding, and Asa Lacy was fabulous. He got us into the eighth inning and four outs away from a win. I feel bad for him and I’m the one who let him down. It was a poor pitch selection there on the home run, and if I had to do it over again I certainly wouldn’t have called that pitch. That falls solely 100% on me, not the guy that threw it but the pitch selection.”
On Lacy pitching from the stretch after conflict with the umpires…
“I just didn’t want the umpires having him worried about his delivery in the windup. That was our whole focus. They said he wasn’t coming in contact with the rubber, and we haven’t had that called through seven weeks. We didn’t want that to be a point of focus for Asa, so we just went to the stretch.”
Sophomore LHP Asa Lacy
On the outcome of the game after his performance…
“It’s tough. We played our butts off today. Unfortunately, we didn’t come out with a win. There was a lot of good things on the mound and defensively, and we have a pretty tough team. I expect us to come out tomorrow and get things done.”
Sophomore LHP Chandler Jozwiak
On the disappointment of losing despite the strong pitching performance…
“Definitely. I mean, you don’t want to see it end like that. But that’s the game of baseball. [When] you’re on a hot streak and then you lose a game in 15 innings, it’s a heartbreaker. We’re going to come back strong tomorrow and we’re going to try to come out and get a win.”
Junior OF Logan Foster
On how you handle a tough, 15-inning loss…
“It’s definitely a heartbreaker. But with this team, we need to put it to bed tonight and be ready to come out and go tomorrow.”