COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The Texas A&M Aggies got another solid start from ace Dustin Saenz, who went 8 innings striking out 14 batters in a 10-1 win over Samford on Friday night at Olsen Field. The Aggies kept their offense rolling, after scoring 22 runs in their last game on Wednesday night. The Aggies are currently in the midst of an 8 game winning streak.
Dustin Saenz has proven to be the “ace” of the Aggies staff this year. Through 4 starts he has 50 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.31, while posting a 3-1 record. Saenz has been the anchor of a relatively surprising good Aggies pitching staff. Many people including myself figured the Aggies pitching staff would be due for a rebuilding year after losing Asa Lacy and Christian Roa off of last years staff. Saenz final pitching line for the night was 8.0 innings, 14 strikeouts and 0 runs, while allowing 4 hits and 1 walk. Chris Farrell came in to work the ninth inning, he allowed 1 unearned run on 1 hit.
Offensively the Aggies were paced by Will Frizell, who hit his 6th home run of the year in the 7th inning, and Austin Bost who hit 2 homers on the night, both were solo home runs, he also singled in the 8th inning. Bost finished the night 3-4 with 3 RBIs. Ray Alejo and Mikey Hoehner each finished with 2 RBI’s on the night as well.
The Aggies got the scoring started in the second inning when Hoehner scored Bryce Blaum on a 2 out single to make the score 1-0 Aggies. The Boys of OIsen would then score their next two runs on solo home runs from Austin Bost. Bost would hit his second homer of the year in the 3rd inning to make the score 2-0, before hitting his second of the night, and third of the year in the 6th inning, to make the score 3-0. Logan Britt would score on an error to make it 4-0 at the end of 6 innings. Will Frizell would then blast a 2 out home run into the right field bullpen to make the score 5-0.
The Aggies would then add five more runs in the bottom of the eight on singles by Bost, Blaum and Alejo. Mikey Hoehner also drew an RBI walk In the inning. The Aggies would go into the 9th inning up 10-0. Samford would add a run in the 9th inning to break up the shutout bid.
With the win the Aggies improve to 12-4 on the year. The Aggies are back in action for 2 games on Saturday as Sunday’s game was moved up due to inclement weather in the forecast for Sunday. First pitch for Saturday’s double header will be at 1 PM Central, with the second game being at 4, or 30 minutes after the end of the first game. Both games will be available on SECNetwork+.
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