A&M takes road series at Alabama
After dropping two straight conference series, the Aggies desperately needed to come away from Tuscaloosa with a series win. A&M was successful, taking the first contest and the final contest from Alabama while dropping Saturday’s game.
John Doxakis notched his sixth win of the season on Friday night against the Tide, throwing seven innings while giving up two runs, with one being earned. The Aggie ace struck out seven batters while walking four and giving up five hits. It was a solid enough performance for the junior lefty and he’ll look to build on that against Arkansas.
Joseph Menefee and Kasey Kalich saw action in the 3-2 victory with Menefee striking out four Crimson Tide batters through 1.2 innings of work while Kalich induced a foul out from the lone batter he faced.
Braden Shewmake notched an RBI single on Friday while Bryce Blaum was with two RBIs, both coming on sacrifice flies.
Saturday’s contest saw the Aggies fall 2-1 to the Tide as Texas A&M’s struggles to produce at the plate were apparent once again. However, the biggest story out of Saturday was the ejection of Asa Lacy during the fifth inning. Lacy had given up two runs, both solo shots, through 4.1 innings of work at the moment he was ejected. The sophomore lefty was ejected for arguing balls and strikes and according to the SEC’s policy is now faced with an automatic four-game suspension, meaning he will miss Texas A&M’s final regular-season series against the Razorbacks.
Chandler Jozwiak and Bryce Miller would finish the game off for the Aggies and prevent the Tide from extending the lead, but Texas A&M wasn’t able to get anything going after Cam Blake scored on a Logan Foster ground out.
Texas A&M needed a win on Sunday to stay in the conversation for an NCAA Tournament hosting spot and they did so, taking a 6-5 victory over the Tide. However, the Aggies very nearly blew a 5-0 lead.
Christian Roa got the start for the Aggies on Sunday and gave up three runs through 4.2 innings of work. Chris Weber relieved Roa but lasted only one inning after loading up the bases in the sixth.
Weber was relieved by Bryce Miller in the sixth inning and Miller was able to get out of the jam with a strikeout to end the inning. However, Miller didn’t last long as he was pulled in the seventh in favor of Joseph Menefee after allowing a runner on and getting one out. That runner would score after Menefee allowed a single which turned into a run after center fielder Zach DeLoach misplayed the ball. However, Menefee was able to escape the inning without allowing any more damage and would retire the side in eighth setting up Kasey Kalich with a chance to close out the 6-4 contest.
With rain starting to come down hard in Tuscaloosa, Kalich struggled with control allowing Alabama to pull within one run of Texas A&M. However, with the tying run on second and the winning run on first, the rain forced a delay. When Kalich returned to the mound after the delay, he was able to get his control back and struck out the final two Tide batters he faced, securing the game and series win for the Aggies.
Texas A&M returns to action against Arkansas at home to close at the regular season with the series beginning on Thursday.