COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies pounded out 15 hits, including a season-high three home runs, to cruise to a 14-2 win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs Saturday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
Texas A&M continued their emergence at the plate. The Aggies’ 15 hit-performance marked the fourth straight game in which they recorded double-digit hits. Texas A&M had 10 different players tally at least hit while five Aggies recorded multiple hits.
Bryce Blaum and Braden Shewmake paced the Maroon & White offense. Blaum batted 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. He leadoff the game with a home run for the third time this season. Shewmake hit 2-for-3 with one run, one double and three RBI. Jonathan Ducoff slugged a three-run home run in the sixth for his first dinger as an Aggie while Ty Coleman hit a grand slam in the eighth.
Aggie hitters were 17-for-22 when having the opportunity to advance runners and batted 9-for-17 with runners on base and 7-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Texas A&M threw the southpaw combination of Asa Lacy and Dustin Saenz at the Bulldogs. Lacy (4-0) picked up the win, yielding one unearned run on three hits and two walks while fanning seven in 6.0 innings. Saenz earned his first save of the season, throwing 3.0 innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits while striking out two.
The Aggies improve their record to 14-3, and the Bulldogs fall to 5-7.
The series rubber match is slated for Sunday at 12:02 p.m.
B1| Blaum sparked the Aggie offense, sending the third pitch of the game over the leftfield wall. Shewmake followed lacing a single to leftfield, before advancing to second on a Hunter Coleman base on balls. Mikey Hoehner capped off the scoring in the first, plating Shewmake on a single through the left side of the infield. Ags 2, Zags 0.
T3| Isaac Barrera reached first on a fielding error and advanced to second on a bloop single down the third base line by Ernie Yake. Both runners move into scoring possession on a balk, before Guthrie Morrison roped a single through the left side of the infield, plating Barrera. Ags 2, Zags 1.
B4| The Aggies sent 11 batters to the plate in the frame. Hunter Coleman lined a single to leftfield and Hoehner singled through the right side of the infield to put runners at the corners. Ty Coleman knocked in Hunter Coleman with a single to centerfield. Chandler Morris reached first on a fielder’s choice, and in doing so, Ty Coleman was retired at second and Hoehner moved over to third. Ducoff blasted a three-run moon shot over the leftfield wall for his first Aggie home run. Ty Condel continued the hitting spree with a double to centerfield, before coming in to score on a Blaum’s rope single to leftfield. Blaum advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a single by Logan Foster. After Gonzaga changed pitchers, Shewmake deposited the first pitch he saw to left-center, driving in Foster and Blaum. Ags 9, Zags 1.
T7| Mason Marenco singled to centerfield and advanced to second on a passed ball. Yake followed roping a two-out double in the right-center gap, knocking in Marenco. Ags 9, Zags 2.
B8| Condel punched a leadoff single up the middle, and advanced to second on a pinch-hit single through the right side by Will Frizzell. Foster filled the bags with Ags, drawing a base on balls. Shewmake drove in Condel with a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Hunter Coleman drew a five-pitch walk to reload the bases, before Ty Coleman hit a grand slam to leftfield. Ags 14, Zags 2.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Rob Childress
On today’s performance…
“Well I’m really proud of our team and the way we responded. We’ve done a great job of that all year long individually and collectively. For us to come out today, grab the momentum in the first inning right away, Lacy had to battle his tail off and got us through six innings. He couldn’t have had a better pitching performance, and we had the big inning there to kind of cap things off. Dustin Saenz did a lot in the game with the three innings and he got us a save out of it.”
On Asa Lacy battling through adversity…
“I think he prepares the right way. I always used the word determined with him, because he is determined. When he is out there on the mound he is going to be his very best, and he may bend but he never breaks. If you had told me he’s going to make it to six after the three innings I would’ve said you’re crazy, but his last innings were really great.”
On Jonathan Ducoff’s ability to capitalize in big moments like today…
“He’s a true blessing to have in our program. He stayed ready, even though he hasn’t had a lot of opportunities. With the one he got today he certainly made the most of it.”
Freshman INF Ty Coleman
On the importance of being able to capitalize on runners in scoring position today…
“Last night I felt like we were all over the barrel and just couldn’t capitalize with runners in scoring position. Capitalizing on those opportunities today was really huge for us and the difference between putting up four runs and 14 runs.”
Senior OF Jonathan Ducoff
On getting his first home run as an Aggie…
“It felt great. I was just trying to stick to our team offensive approach and hit the ball hard to the middle. I got an elevated fastball and was able to hit it well that time. It was a great showing by our offense today. It felt great to come out and put a lot of hits on the board. Even in innings we weren’t getting on the board it felt like, as a team, we were there a lot. So it definitely feels good hitting the ball with confidence.”
On outscoring teams (28-1) in the fourth inning in 2019…
“I don’t know, I think it’s a little bit the luck of the draw. Maybe it has to do with coming around for the second time with the order and seeing the pitcher for the second time. This is the first time I’ve actually noticed that, but it does make sense coming through the order for the second time and getting on the guy a little better.”