COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies dropped a 7-0 contest to the No. 19 Auburn Tigers Saturday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. The loss evened the series with the rubber match slated for Sunday at 1:02 p.m.
The Aggies were unable to conjure up the big hit with runners in scoring position as the Maroon & White suffered their first shutout of the season. Texas A&M was 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position, but one of the hits was a rocket that got to the rightfielder too quickly for the runner to contemplate scoring from second and the other hit resulted in an Aggie being tagged out at the plate on a perfect through by leftfielder Judd Ward.
Asa Lacy (6-1) was saddled with his first loss of the season. He labored through a three-run first inning, but rebounded to work 4.2 innings, yielding three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four. Lacy had a 19.1-inning scoreless string snapped with a wild pitch. Chandler Jozwiak retired the first 10 batters he faced out of the bullpen before getting roughed up in the ninth. He ended the day allowing four runs on three hits and one walk while striking out four in 4.0 innings.
Mikey Hoehner batted 2-for-3 with one walk as the Aggies’ top hitter.
Texas A&M dropped to 26-10-1 on the year, including 8-5-1 in league action. Auburn improved to 24-11 overall and 8-6 in SEC play.
T1 | With one out, Kason Howell singled through the left side of the infield and Edouard Julien doubled to rightfield to put two runners in scoring position. Howell scored on a wild pitch and Conor Davis hit a full-count offering over the fence in right-center for a two-run home run. AUB 3, A&M 0.
T9 | Jozwiak retired 10 straight batters before Ryan Bliss singled up the middle to start the ninth. Steven Williams followed with a single to leftfield. Jozwiak rebounded to get a pair of outs as Matt Scheffler was unsuccessful in a sacrifice bunt attempt and Will Holland flied out to rightfield. Howell knocked in Williams with a single to rightfield and Julien drew a six-pitch walk to load the bases and drive Jozwiak from the contest. Brandon Birdsell issued a bases loaded walk to Davis and Kyle Richards surrendered a two-run double to Judd Ward to cap off the scoring. AUB 7, A&M 0.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Rob Childress
On today’s game…
"They were much more competitive all the way around, then we were today. Give Auburn hitters all the credit. With three ABs, the 2-3-4 hole hitters, all with two strikes, all got big hits. Just like that we were chasing three runs. We had an opportunity in the fourth with a runner on second and nobody out, we can’t move him and can’t score him. Then in the seventh we get thrown out at the plate, they make a great throw, and it’s a totally different game if it’s a 3-2 game. The sign of a great pitcher is getting it back together and giving your team a chance. Asa Lacy certainly did that. I couldn’t be more proud of that, and that is something that he hasn’t had to do much before. He did that today and that shows a lot of resolve. Chandler Jozwiak certainly gave us a chance, going out and hanging some zeros for us. Then they went and got another big two-strike hit in the ninth, to extend the lead.”
Sophomore LHP Asa Lacy
On battling back from rough start…
“They put good swings on balls on some mistakes ahead in the count, and that just really got my fire going. It made me compete harder, because they hit at their best today.”
On the runs given up in the top of the first…
“I was getting ahead, they were ready to hit the fastball, and I made a few 0-2, 1-2, and 2-2 mistakes. I was over the middle, and when you’re in the SEC facing a good offense like this they’ll make you pay for it.
Junior C Mikey Hoehner
On Asa Lacy’s performance…
“Everything looked the same. Usually throughout the season, he’d go out there and throw some strikes to get out of the jam. If you go back in that first inning, he had a lot of guys with two strikes, and they had a lot of two-strike hits. Usually we’d get to put them away, and we didn’t get the bats moving. So they made us pay for it.”