ROUND ROCK, Texas- The Aggies came into Friday’s game in the midst of a bit of a funk. After dropping 3 of their first 5 games, the Boys of Olsen found themselves in a bit of an unfamiliar situation, under .500 in February. When doing my preview of this weekend I said the Aggies would need their bats to come alive if they wanted a chance to win this tournament. Well it looks like they must have read my preview, because The Boys of Olsen’s bats came alive, when they opened the Round Rock Classic on Friday night with a thorough 12-4 beat down of former Big 12 foe and instate rival Baylor, riding 3 hit nights from Bryce Blaum and Will Frizell.
The Aggies used a great outing from starter Dustin Saenz, who picked up his first win of the new campaign, after striking out 5 and allowing 3 runs on 9 hits in 5.2 innings. The bullpen which has been a little shaky this season was able to slam the door on the Bears, only allowing 1 run in 3.1 innings of work. Chandler Jozwiak was the first one out of the pen and allowed the only run in the bottom of the 8th, when he gave up a solo shot to Bears left fielder Kyle Harper. This was the only blemish in an otherwise stellar outing from Jozwiak, who went 2.1 innings giving up the 1 hit and striking out 4. Coach Childress turned to newcomer Chris Farrell, a grad transfer from William & Mary for the 9th. Farrell allowed a lead off single before getting a strikeout, fly-out and ground out to end the game. This was Farrell’s first appearance for the Aggies. The game ended on a great play from catcher Mikey Hoehner who had to pounce on a swinging bunt, throwing out Martinez by a step at first base.
The Aggies got the scoring started early, when catcher Mikey Hoehner deposited a 2 out pitch over the left field wall for a two run home run, putting the Boys of Olsen up 2-0 in the top of the second. In the top of the 4th the Aggies plated two runs on throwing errors by the Bears.
After the Bears got a run back in the bottom half of the 4th, the Boys of Olsen exploded for 5 runs in the top of the 5th. Bryce Blaum drove in Hoehner with a single and then advanced to 3rd on a throwing error, which allowed Logan Britt to score. Blaum would score on a Brett Minnich single to make it 7-2. Frizell would cap off the rally, by launching a two run moonshot over the right center field wall, scoring Minnich. The homer was Frizell’s 3rd of the year. Frizell has picked up right where he left off when the 2020 season was abruptly stopped, dating back to last year, Frizell is hitting over .300 with 20 hits, 5 homers and 13 RBIs in 17 games.
The best part for fans of the Aggies is that all 5 runs came with two outs. This is something the Aggies have struggled with in the past. Of the first 9 runs the Ags scored, 7 of them came with 2 outs. The Aggies would lead 9-2 after 5 innings, and 9-3 after 6. The 9 runs would be more than enough to secure the win. The Aggies would add two runs in the 8th on a Zane Schmidt single, and one in the 9th, when Hoenher score on another error by the Bears.
If there are any negatives to take away from this game the Aggies struck out 15 times and left 11 runners on base. It isn’t great when over half of your outs are strikeouts but overall it was a great performance. The final line score for the Aggies was 12 runs on 13 hits with 11 left on base and 1 error. Baylor finished with 4 runs on 11 hits with 7 left on base and 4 errors. With the win the Aggies improve to .500 on the year at 3-3, while the Baylor falls to 1-3 after dropping their 3rd straight game.
The Bears will look to get back on track tomorrow when they take on #20 Auburn tomorrow at 12pm central. The Aggies will look to stay hot when they take on Oklahoma, who upset Auburn at 6pm central. With a win and an Auburn loss, the Aggies can clinch the tournament title.
Gig Em and #BTHOou