Aggies extend winning streak to 5 with 9-3 win over Abilene Christian

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies coasted to a 9-3 win over the Abilene Christian Wildcats Wednesday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The Texas A&M bats were solid once again with the Maroon & White out-hitting ACU, 12-5. Nine different Aggies recorded at least one hit and six scored at least one run.

Logan Foster, Bryce Blaum and Hunter Coleman paced the Aggie offense. Foster went 3-for-4 with one run, one double and one RBI. Blaum was 2-for-3 with three runs, while Coleman added a huge two-run blast.

Chris Weber got the start, yielding three run, one earned, on three hits while fanning six. Texas A&M (13-2) used four relievers and Chandler Jozwiak (2-0) earned the win, throwing one perfect frame while fanning one. The Aggies’ bullpen combined for 4.2 shutout innings scattering two hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Texas A&M’s pitchers struck out 15 for their 11th double-digit performance of the season.

The Aggies host the Gonzaga Bulldogs for a three-game series beginning Friday with first pitch at 6:32 p.m.

T1| Dalon Farkas drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a dribbler up the middle by Luis Trevino. Robert Salazar drove Farkas in with a two-out single through the left side of the infield. ACU 1, A&M 0.

T2| The Aggies didn’t take long to regain the lead, plating five runs in the bottom of the first. Blaum started things off ripping the first pitch of the inning up the middle and then advanced to third on a double to leftfield by Foster. Braden Shewmake plated both runners on a lined double to rightfield. Cam Blake reached first on a fielding mishap by ACU’s first baseman and then second on a throwing error by the pitcher. During the mishaps, Shewmake managed to score from second. Blake stole third before Hunter Coleman hit a lined shot over the leftfield wall for a two-run dinger. A&M 5, ACU 1.

B2| Blaum reached first on a hit-by-pitch before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Foster knocked Blaum in on the 13th pitch of the AB with a single up the middle. A&M 6, ACU 1.

T5| Seth Watts drew leadoff walk, and advanced to third on a throwing error by TAMU’s pitcher, when trying to turn a double play off of a groundball by Dalon Farkas. With both runners in scoring position, Luis Trevino hit a deep sacrifice fly to score Watts. Derek Scott reach first base on a hit by pitch, before Koby Claborn reached first on muffed double play ball by TAMU’s first baseman, which led to Frakas scoring from second. A&M 6, ACU 3.

B6| Mikey Hoehner reached first base on a hit by pitch and Blaum laid down a bunt single to start the frame. Hoehner moved over to third a fly ball to rightfield by Foster, and Blaum stole second. Shewmake was intentionally walked before Joseph Menefee cleared the bases roping a double to right-center for his first career hit. A&M 9, ACU 3.


Head Coach Rob Childress

On having Hunter Coleman back behind the plate…

“Yeah, it’s good to get that guy back out there. He swung the bat good tonight, and we need to be able to give Mikey Hoehner a breather every now and then. We weren’t able to do that the whole night, but he just caught I guess an inning or two. It’s good to have him back.”

On Joseph Menefee’s performance…

“I always tell him I give him a hard time, because every time I watched him play when we were recruiting him in high school he’d get a double or a homerun. I was there to watch him pitch but he always hit a double or a homerun and tonight was no different. That guy is just a baseball player, and we said for a couple weeks we were trying to find opportunities to get him more at bats. We were able to do that tonight, and he certainly had the big hit to get the game back into balance for us”

On getting everybody off the bench for more experience…

“When you get a chance to empty the bench, everybody feels like their connected and that their contributing. For us being able to do that tonight was really important going into the weekend.”

Freshman DH Joseph Menefee

On his contribution in the win tonight…

“It feels pretty good to get there on the field and contributing anyway I can. Being able to play both ways is a huge honor.”

On him possibly having more plate appearances…

“Whatever the coaches tell me to do, I’m going to go and give them my all. I don’t choose between pitching or hitting at all, I love them both. Whichever one they have me do, I’m going to do it.”

Freshman LHP Chris Weber

On his defensive performance…

“I felt good. I trusted the pitches that were called and trusting the guys behind me. I just threw strikes. I have to give credit to the offense, for the bottom of the first inning. Pitching with a lead makes everything easier. It gives me all the confidence in the world to go out there and throw strikes.”

Junior Catcher Hunter Coleman

On his home run…

“It felt good. That was definitely the best ball I’ve hit all year. The bats in front of me started out with a bang, three hits in a row. We wore them down, knocking the starter out in the first inning.”

On his defensive performance…

“It’s been a while, but it felt good. I was glad to give Mikey {Hoehner} a break. He’s been out there catching every day. I’m glad to get back out there and knock the rust off.”