COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies defeated the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, 12-2, in seven innings, Tuesday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
Offensively, Texas A&M (12-2) took advantage of the Islanders’ pitchers, drawing 12 walks on the day and out-hitting Corpus Christi, 10-4. Eight Aggies recorded at least one hit and seven batters recorded at least one walk on the day. The Maroon & White did much of their damage with runners in scoring position, going 5-for-11, while batting 4-for-9 with the bases loaded.
Cam Blake and Mikey Hoehner set the pace for the Aggies. Blake went 2-for-4 with one run, one double and three RBI. Hoehner was 2-for-4 with one run, one double and two RBI. Braden Shewmake knocked in four runs with two sacrifice flies and a two-run single.
On the mound, Dustin Saenz (1-0) earned his first career win for the Maroon & White, throwing a career high 5.2 innings allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Mason Cole and Kyle Richardson closed out the game, each working 0.2 of an inning. Richardson walked one while striking out one.
The Aggies host the Abilene Christian Wildcats Wednesday with first pitch at 6:32 p.m.
B1| Blaum drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a double down the third base line by Hoehner. Shewmake plated Blaum on a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Logan Foster and Will Frizzell loaded the bases for the Aggies by drawing back-to-back walks. Chandler Morris knocked in Hoehner with a two-out single to second. A&M 2, A&M-CC 0.
T2| Drake Osborn drew a seven-pitch walk and moved over to second on a groundout to the pitcher. Luke Marbach roped a single to right-center, plating Osborn. A&M 2, A&M-CC 1.
B4| Blake got the one-out rally going, singling to second base. Zack DeLoach drew a base on balls before Blaum placed a perfect bunt down the third base line, to load bags with Ags. Hoehner blasted a single to centerfield, scoring Blake and DeLoach. With runners on the corners, Shewmake plated Blaum for the second time on a sacrifice fly. A&M 5, A&M-CC 1
B5| Frizzell drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a lined single to centerfield by Foster. Frizzell and Foster moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, before Aaron Walters loaded the bases for the Aggies, on a seven-pitch walk. Frizzell came in to score on a walk by Morris. Blake followed plating Foster on a muffed grounder by the Islanders’ second baseman. A&M 7, A&M-CC 1
T6| Nick Anderson started the inning with a single down the third base line and moved to second on a wild pitch. Enrique Sanchez put runners on the corners with a single up the middle, before Joey Werner plated Anderson on a groundout to second base. A&M 7, A&M-CC 2
B6| Frizzell started the rally with a two-out single to left and was pinch-run for by Mason Corbett. Foster drew a base on balls and both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Walters then loaded the bases for the Maroon & White on a walk. Corbett came into score on the second wild pitch of the inning. Morris drew a walk to reload the bases before Blake doubled to rightfield, knocking in Walters and Foster. A&M 10, A&M-CC 2.
B7| Ty Condel led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Allonte Wingate drew a walk before a pitcher by Islanders’ pitcher Chris Glover on a grounder by Brandon Ashy filled the bases. Shewmake hit a rope to left and scored Condel and Ashy to invoke a 10-run rule. A&M 12, A&M-CC 2
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Rob Childress
On his team’s performance…
“I’m very proud of our guys. They came out and prepared the right way and then when the bell rang, it was the most complete game that we’ve played this year in every area. I’m really glad we started this new week off the right way.”
On Cam Blake’s warrior mentality…
“I’m very thankful he’s on our team with the way he’s playing. We want him in the lineup. We need him in the lineup. He plays with a chip on his shoulder at all times. The best word to describe him is fearless.”
Sophomore LHP Dustin Saenz
On his defense making plays and being able to slow down a good offensive team…
“I knew I had the defense behind my back. I felt really comfortable out there with the defense behind me. Cam Blake and Braden Shewmake made outstanding plays. It was overall a good performance from our defense. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Junior OF Cam Blake
On health after his injury with a wall this past weekend…
“I tried to go make a play on a ball against the wall, which got me into another fight with a wall. I scratched my head had to get some stiches, but no concussion, so I am feeling good.”
On his defensive performance today…
“I like to play without any fear. If I’m going to get hurt I might as well do it playing hard. I’m doing it for the team, I love being on this team, I love playing with these guys. I’m going to give my best effort every time.”
On his offensive performance today…
“I was trying to get my best swing off. I made some adjustments mid game, and tried to drive through the center of the field.”