ROUND ROCK, Texas— The Aggies bats stayed red hot on Saturday night as they blasted former Big 12 foe Oklahoma 8-1 to improve to 2-0 in the Round Rock Classic. The Boys of Olsen wasted no time picking up where they left off on Friday night against Baylor, as they plated 7 runs in the first inning. That would be more than enough run support for A&M starter Bryce Miller, who went 5 shutout innings, striking out 5 and giving up one hit to pick up his first win of the 2021 season. As I stated in my preview, I thought the Aggies would need their bats to come alive if they wanted a chance to compete this weekend. The Aggies bats definitely woke up this weekend, but the Aggies pitching staff was able to do their part, by shutting down the opponent for the second consecutive night after two shaky midweek performances.
The Aggies were led offensively by outfielder Logan Britt who launched a 3 run shot to center field in the first inning and 2 hits and 2 RBI’s 3rd baseman Zane Schmidt. The Aggies received a pretty balanced offensive output as 6 of the 9 starters recorded at least 1 hit. A&M was also able to cut their strikeouts in half as they only struck out 8 times on Saturday night, a huge improvement from the 15 strikeouts on Friday night.
The Boys of Olsen opened the scoring in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Bryan Sturges which scored Bryce Blaum and advanced Brett Minnich to third. Minnich wouldn’t have to wait long to join his buddies in the dugout as he scored when Austin Bost found a hole on the left side for a single. Making the score 2-0 Aggies. Will Frizell who had walked would advance to second. Frizell would score the games third run, scoring from second on a single by Schmidt. After the Schmidt single which made it 3-0, junior outfielder blew the game wide open with a 3 run blast to center field scoring Schmidt and Bost, making the score 6-0 Aggies. The Aggies would tack on one more run when Blaum drove in freshman Kalae Harrison with a 2 out single. This was the Aggies 8th 2 out run of the tournament. That would be it for the scoring until the 4th inning when Schmidt ripped a two out triple which scored Bost, making the score 8-0 Aggies. The Sooners would get 1 back in the 6th when McKenna scored on a fielders choice.
The real story of the night was the pitching for the Aggies. Starter Bryce Miller gave the Aggies 5 innings of shutout 1 hit ball, before turning it over to Alex Magers who went 2.1 innings allowing only 1 run. Crowd favorite and 12th man Joseph Menefee came in after Magers got into a jam in the 8th. After walking the first batter he faced Menefee struck out the next 5 batters he faced to slam the door on any hopes of a Sooners comeback. The Aggies pitching staff only allowed 5 hits while striking out 11 and walking four. The final line score for the Aggies was 8 runs on 8 hits and 2 errors, with 8 left on base. The Sooners finished with 1 run, on 5 hits and 1 error, while leaving 11 runners on base.
The Aggies will look to improve to 3-0 in the Round Rock Classic on Sunday when they take on conference foe Auburn, who is a very surprising 0-2 in the tournament, after falling to Baylor 12-6 in the early game. With the win the Aggies get above .500 for the first time this year with a record of 4-3. The loss drops the Oklahoma to 3-2.
After Saturday’s games the standing for the tournament look like this
Texas A&M 2-0
The Aggies will turn to Jonathan Childress on when they face Auburn. Childress is coming off an opening weekend start against Xavier where he went 4.2 shutout innings, striking out 9 and giving up 3 hits in the Aggies 15-0 win. Childress will look to continue the Aggies dominant pitching weekend on Sunday against the potent Auburn lineup. First pitch for Sunday’s game is scheduled for 11am central and can be found on FloSports ($). Gig ’em and #BTHOauburn