COLLEGE STATION, Texas– The Aggies will never admit it, but Saturday’s game against the visiting Kentucky Wildcats was a must win. After winning Thursday’s game 3-2 on an 11th inning walk of from Troy Claunch, the Aggies dropped game two of the series, setting up a crucial rubber match at Blue Bell Park on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies came into today’s game at 18-12 overall and 5-6 in the SEC, so a win would get them back to .500 in conference play, before a brutal stretch sees them play the majority of the top teams in the SEC. Before the game the Aggie baseball team honored some special guests including Aggie basketball legend Quenton Jackson who throughout the first pitch.
Saturday’s game got off to a fast start for the Aggies as they jumped on the visiting Wildcats in the first inning, when Troy Claunch and Brett Minnich roped RBI singles giving the Aggies a 2-0 lead. After starter Micah Dallas gave up a solo shot to Kentucky first baseman Jacob Plastiak, Dallas would settle down and find his groove. The score would stay 2-1 until the fourth inning when the Aggies blew the game wide open.
After Ryan Targac singled, he would come around to score on three wild pitches, giving the Aggies a 3-1 lead. This would only be the beggining of the fun for the Aggies, as the bubbles would come fast and furious afterwards. After Tayor Smith and Logan Britt reached on throwing errors, Kole Kaler would rip a single to load the bases for Dylan Rock, Rock promptly roped a triple into the left field gap, clearing the bases and giving the Aggies a 6-1 lead, opening the floodgates. Rock would score on a Jack Moss groundout, and the Aggies would take a 7-1 lead after four innings. Seven runs would be more than enough run suppor for Aggie starter Michah Dallas, after giving up three hits and two runs in the fifth inning he settled down and got the next three Wildcat batters, keeping the score 7-3.
The Aggies would tack on two more runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning when Ryan Targac hit a ball approximately 700 feet over Section 12 and onto Wellborn Road hitting a car in the process. The score would remain 9-3 Aggies going into the bottom half of the sixth inning when the Aggies would put up another four runs.
After Kaler struck out looking, Dylan Rock would work a walk. Jack Moss would sting a double advancing Rock to thrid. After Claunch was hit by a pitch, Minnich worked an RBI walk. Ryan Targac would come up with the bases loaded and smoke a ball down the first base line, resulting in a bases clearing triple, giving the Aggies a 13-3 lead, and leaving Targac a double shy of the cycle.
Micah Dallas would come out after his seventh inning of work, finsishing with a line of 7.0 innings, 5 strikeouts, 5 hits and 3 runs. Dallas would pickup his fourth win of the year, improving to 4-1 on the year. In the bottom half of the inning, Dylan Rock would hit a solo shot off the scoreboard in left, extending the lead to 13-3.
After Will Johnston worked a quiet top of the eight inning, the Aggies would come up and add three more runs, extending the lead to 17-3. After Minnich walked, Ryan Targac would drive him in, with an RBI double. The double was significant for Targac as it would give him the cycle. This is the second cycle of the season for the Aggies, as Jack Moss hit for the cycle against Texas on March 29th. The scoring would be capped off when Kole Kaler tripled to right field, scoring Britt and Targac.
Wyatt Tucker would come in and work a scorless ninth inning and the Aggies would take the series with a 17-3 win. Offensively the Aggies were paced by Ryan Targac who went 4 for 5 with 5 RBI’s and Dylan Rock who went 2 for 4 with 4 RBI’s.
The win improves the Aggies to 19-12 and 6-6 in confernce play. The Boys of Olsen are back in action on Tuesday when the travel to Corpus Christi to take on A&M Corpus Christi. The Ags next SEC series begins on Friday when they travel to Athens to take on the top 10 Georgia Bulldogs.