Aggies lose pitchers’ duel to Mississippi State

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies came out on the losing end of a pitchers’ duel against the No. 7 Mississippi State Bulldogs, 4-0, Friday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Aggies’ starter John Doxakis (5-3) was saddled with the loss after throwing 7.1 strong innings. He yielded four runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks, while fanning four.

Mississippi State put up two runs in both the fourth and eighth frames.

Offensively, Ty Coleman accounted for the Aggies only extra-base hit with an eighth-inning double.

Texas A&M dropped to 31-16-1 overall on the season and 11-10-1 in league play. Mississippi State improved to 37-9 on the year and 14-8 in SEC action.

The Aggies and Bulldogs close out the series with a Saturday doubleheader starting at 2:02 p.m.

T4 | Elijah MacNamee led off and reached first after being hit on the back with a 2-1 offering. The next pitch, Justin Foscue shot a double down the leftfield line to put two runners in scoring position. Rowdey Jordan broke the ice, plating MacNamee with a sacrifice fly to right-center. With one out, Dustin Skelton knocked in Foscue with a double down the third base line. MSU 2, A&M 0.

T8 | Jake Mangum got things started with a line drive single to centerfield and advanced to second when Jordan Westburg reached first on a fielding error by TAMU’s shortstop. Tanner Allen moved both runners into scoring position with a sac bunt down the third base line and an intentional walk issued to MacNamee loaded the bases. The Aggies went to bullpen and with one out Foscue hit a 1-1 pitch from Bryce Miller through the left side of the infield, plating two. MSU 4, A&M 0.


Head Coach Rob Childress

On the team’s performance tonight…

“There are no moral victories in a loss. It was two left-handed pitchers going toe-to-toe all game and both guys will be pitching for a long time. It was a great game. They {Mississippi State} had the opportunity to get a couple big hits that we didn’t get. We had the chance to string a couple hits together in the seventh and eighth inning that we didn’t capitalize on. That was the difference in the game. It was a disappointing loss there at the end, but I have to appreciate the two pitchers going at it.”

On John Doxakis’s performance…

“An unbelievable start out of him. That guy is as good as any Friday night starter I have ever had. He gives us every opportunity to win. He takes the ball competitively and leads the team from the front. Another amazing performance tonight out of him.”

Junior LHP John Doxakis

On tonight’s performance...

“As a team we didn’t show up the way we wanted to. We have to catch momentum to carry us in a game to be able to beat a team like that. If you pay attention to games, most of the wins come from momentum shifters in a small play. It’s the little momentum things, that’s how games are won in this conference.”

Junior INF Braden Shewmake

On what he saw from Ethan Small…

“He’s got a pretty great fastball. Obviously, his fastball has some life to it, especially when he throws it up in the zone. You’ll think it’s one place, but then it’s a little higher than that. He does a great job commanding his fastball. He throws it to both sides of the plate. He doesn’t throw his off-speed as much, but when he does throw it they’re good pitches. He has those in his back pocket, that’s for sure.”

On John Doxakis’ pitching…

“Dox is Dox. Dox did a great job of locating, throwing his slider, he mixed in a couple of curveballs there as well, and he threw a couple of changeups. He threw four legitimate pitches for strikes, and I think he did a great job keeping them off balance.”