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Power-Hitting/Small Ball Combination Leads Texas A&M Past Texas

(photo credit: Burnt Orange Nation)

By Joey Barrett

In front of a standing-room-only crowd of 8,060 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, the Texas A&M Aggies won the final midweek matchup against the Texas Longhorns, before Texas joins the SEC, in convincing fashion 9-2 on Tuesday night.

Two batters into the game, Braden Montgomery started things off for the Aggies with a two-run homer to right field, giving A&M a 2-0 lead. After two subsequent innings of scoreless baseball by both teams, Texas scored in the bottom of the fourth, on a Jack O’Dowd sac fly that brought in Kimble Schuessler, to make it 2-1, Aggies.

In the fifth, the Aggies’ Hayden Schott drove in Jace LaViolette, and he later started a rally in the seventh, reaching on an error that scored Gavin Grahovac and extended the A&M lead to 4-1. In the next two batters following Schott, Ted Burton drove in Montgomery on a sac fly, and Jackson Appel finished the Aggies’ seventh-inning rally with a two-run shot over the left field wall, making it 7-1, A&M.

The Longhorns then responded in the bottom of the seventh with a Peyton Powell sac fly that drove in Dee Kennedy to cut the deficit to 7-2. The Aggies then added on to their lead in the eighth, on a two-run RBI single by Schott that extended their lead to 9-2, which ultimately ended up being the final score after Texas failed to score in the eighth and ninth innings.

On the night, A&M was led at the plate by Appel, who had three hits and drove in two runs. Grahovac, Montgomery, and Schott had two hits, while LaViolette had one hit as well. For the Longhorns, Powell and Schuessler had two hits each, while Jared Thomas and Jalin Flores had a hit apiece.

Chris Cortez got the start for Texas A&M and Evan Aschenbeck got the win in relief, while Tanner Witt got the start for Texas. The Aggies add on another win to stay being undefeated on the season at 12-0, while the Longhorns drop to 7-5 after their fourth loss in a row.

The Aggies will begin a homestand, as they face Texas Southern for a Wednesday night midweek matchup at Olsen Field, and then play Rhode Island for a three game weekend series beginning Friday at Blue Bell Park. The Longhorns will begin Big 12 play on Friday, when they face Texas Tech at Dan Law Field in Lubbock.


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