COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The Texas A&M Aggies wasted no time getting coach, Rob Childress his 600th win of his career, as they defeated the visiting New Mexico State Aggies 4-1 on Friday night. With the win Childress became the second fastest coach in SEC history to reach this milestone, and the eighth fastest all time. Childress who has had his ups and downs in Aggieland has turned this team into a perennial NCAA Tournament contender, making 14 consecutive tournaments during his tenure. One reason the Aggies were able to get Childress this win, was the absolute gem thrown by starter Dustin Saenz. Saenz went 7.2 innings allowing no earned runs and 3 hits, while striking out 9 batters.
Texas A&M was paced offensively by infielder Will Frizell who drove in 3 of the teams 4 runs on the night. Frizell collected 2 hits, going 2-4 on the night. The Aggies also got offensive contributions from Ray Alejo, Ty Coleman, Austin Bost, Kalee Harrison and Mikey Hoehner, who each collected a hit on the night.
The Aggies continued their first inning dominance as they jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Frizell singled, driving in Alejo. This improved the Aggies run differential in the first inning to 16-0. New Mexico State would come back and tie the game in the top of the fourth inning, when Zerek Saenz (Dustin’s brother) would score on a passed ball. The game would stay tied until the bottom of the sixth inning when Zane Schmidt dropped down a sacrifice bunt that scored Bryce Blaum. The Aggies would take a 2-1 lead and that would be more than enough for Saenz. The Boys of Olsen capped the scoring in the bottom of the 7th when Will Frizell ripped a 2 run single up the middle that would score Alejo and Hoehner. This would make the score 4-1.
Starter Dustin Saenz would get into a little bit of trouble in the eight inning, by getting into a bases loaded jam with 2 outs. Saenz would turn the ball over to Joseph Menefee who would get a strikeout to end the inning. This fired up Menefee as he was seen yelling at the New Mexico State dugout. That extended Menefee’s strikeout streak to 12. Menefee would get New Mexico State in order in the top of the ninth inning to wrap up the win for the Aggies, and pick up his first save of the year. With the win A&M improves to 7-4 on the year, while New Mexico State fell to 1-4 with the loss. The Aggies also improved to 4-0 all time against New Mexico State.
These two teams will battle it out again on Saturday at 2pm central time. Bryce Miller will get the ball for A&M. The game will be streamed on SECNetwork+.
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