Just like the weather in Texas this past week, the Aggies bats were freezing. The Aggies will have to wait another day to pick up their first win of the 2021 season. Texas A&M lost both games of Saturday’s double header against the visiting Musketeers. Xavier took game 1 10-6 before blanking the Aggies in game 2 by a score of 2-0.
As I stated in my preview blog, the Aggies were going to struggle pitching wise and would need to be carried by the offense. This was evident in the first game as they were beaten 10-6. The first game started the way many thought it would. The Aggies jumped out to a 5-1 lead through 2 innings, behind 3 RBI’s from Will Frizell and 2 wild pitches. This would be the last lead the Aggies would have as Xavier’s bats would wake up in the top of the third as they would plate 3 runs behind singles from Johnathan Kelly and Jeff Holtz. Holtz had homered in the second to get the Musketeers on the board as well. Xavier tied the game in the top of the 5th on a bases loaded single from Alex Helmin and took the lead for good when Jared Cushing grounded into a double play. In the top of the 7th Jeff Franzoni homered to left to provide what proved to be the game winning run. The Aggies would cut the lead to 7-6, but then in the top of the 8th, Franzoni would deposit a Nathan Dettmer pitch over the wall for his second home run of the day to give the visitors a 9-6 lead, which would be extended to 10-6 on a two out throwing error. Starter Bryce Miller went 3.2 innings striking out 7, while giving up 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. Chandler Jozwiak took the loss for the Aggies. Jozwiak gave up 3 runs in 2 innings. Xander Rojahn picked up the win for the Musketeers.
This marked the first opening day loss for the Aggies since 2013, when they dropped a 2-0 decision to Illinois-Chicago.
The Aggies dropped game 2, 2-0. Dustin Saenz was dealing for A&M as he struck out 8 in 5 innings. He made a couple costly mistakes that allowed Xavier to score their 2 runs. The Aggies did their starter no favors in game 2 as they only managed to get 3 hits. All of which came after the 6th inning. The Aggies loaded the bases in the 6th, but came up empty. The Aggies then ended the 7th inning by getting picked off, and then grounded into an inning ending double play in the 8th before leaving runners on the corners in the 9th. Dustin Saenz took the loss for the Aggies, while Nick Zwack got the win for Xavier.
A tweet from Aggie fan John Arndt sums up how the two games went for the Aggies:
The lack of run support for Aggie pitchers has been a huge issue for previous Aggie teams. In their two 2019 SEC Tournament losses, the Aggies gave up 3 runs and 5 hits combined. This is something the Aggies will need to figure out fast, because they cannot waste solid outings from their starting pitching. Especially in a season where wins will be very hard to come by.
The Aggies will turn to Jonathan Childress to get them into the win column on Sunday. Sunday’s game starts at 1:05 CST and will be broadcast on SEC Network+.