COLLEGE STATION, Texas– The Texas A&M Aggies improved to 6-4 on the year, after sweeping mid week opponents Houston Baptist and Incarnate Word at Olsen Field. The Aggies took care of Houston Baptist on Tuesday night, before dispatching Incarnate Word on Wednesday night. The Boys of Olsen won 2 straight games after dropping the final game of the Round Rock Classic.
On Tuesday night, the Aggies shut out the visitors from Houston Baptist, 4-0. The Aggies rode a solid outing from freshman Nathan Dettmer. Dettmer went 6.0 shutout innings, giving up 3 hits while striking out 7. Dettmer then turned the ball over to Chandler Jozwiak, who has become the teams long reliever this year. Jozwiak pitched 3.0 innings of 2 hit ball, striking out 7 batters. Jozwiak got the uncommon save after working the final 3 frames out of the pen. This was the Aggies second shutout of the year, after shutting out Xavier in the final game of their opening weekend series. Dettmer improved to 1-0 on the year in his 4th appearance.
Offensively the Aggies were lead by DH Austin Bost who went 3-4 with a double, home run and 2 RBI’s. Bost started the scoring for the Aggies in the first inning when he doubled, scoring Bryce Blaum. Bost then doubled the Aggies lead in the fourth inning when he his first home run of the year, a solo shot to left field, extending the lead to 2-0.
The Aggies then doubled their lead again on a 2 run rocket to left field off the bat of Logan Britt, making it 4-0. This was more than enough for the Aggies as they would go on to win the game 4-0. The home run was Britt’s second of the season.
Wednesday night’s win was much more stressful for the Aggies and their fans. After scoring first in the first inning, a diving catch with runners on first and second by Incarnate Word center fielder Ridge Rogers kept the Aggies to only one run in the inning. The Cardinals would capitalize on this as they would score 4 runs in the top half of the second inning to take a 4-1 lead. This was not the first time the Aggies have trailed early in a midweek game, as they came back from a 5-1 deficit against Tarleton State a week ago, a game the Aggies would win 8-7 in extra innings.
After surrendering the 4 runs, Aggie starter Chris Weber was able to get through the next 3 innings unscathed keeping the Cardinals at 4 runs. Weber went 5 innings giving up 4 hits while striking out 8 and walking 3. Weber turned the ball over to an Aggie bullpen who is performing at an extremely high level right now. Alex Magers and Joseph Menefee were able to hold the Cardinals hitless for the last 4 innings, without allowing a single baserunner. Magers went 2 shutout innings, retiring all 6 batters that he faced, while striking out 1 batter. Menefee came on for the final 2 innings and picked up the win. Menefee struck out all 6 batters, because that’s apparently what he does now. Menefee’s last 11 outs have all been recorded by strikeout. He struck out 5 batters in his relief appearance against Oklahoma as well.
Offensively the Aggies started the game off well, Austin Bost got his 3rd RBI of the week when he drove in Bryce Blaum on a sacrifice fly. It looked like the Aggies were poised for a big inning when Bryan Sturgess hit a line drive to center, UIW center fielder made an incredible diving catch to end the inning. After falling behind 4-1 in the second inning, the Aggies would answer back with a run in the 3rd inning, when Will Frizell scored on a bases loaded walk. The Aggies would trail 4-2 going into the 5th inning. In the 5th the Aggies were able to tie the game at 4, when Logan Britt singled, scoring Bost and Frizell. These were Britt’s third and fourth RBI’s of the week.
In the 8th inning the Aggies got some more Olsen Magic as Ray Alejo roped a 2 out 2 RBI single to left field scoring Zane Schmidt and Austin Bost, to put the Boys of Olsen up 6-4. These would prove to be the game winning runs for the Aggies, as Menefee would strikeout the side in the 9th.
With the wins the Aggies improved to 6-4 on the season. The Aggies now shift their focus to a weekend non confernce series with New Mexico State starting on Friday. Friday’s game is scheduled for 6:30 central and Saturday’s game is scheduled for 2pm central, while Sunday’s game is scheduled for 1pm central. All three games will be available on SECNetwork+.
I will have a weekend preview out on Friday morning. Until then catch up on news around the rest off the country by checking out some articles from the rest of the great writers on the site.
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