Aggies fall to Patriots in Dallas
Texas A&M was looking to secure a big road win before heading into conference play but came up short against Dallas Baptist.Tuesday night’s contest saw the Patriots defeat the Aggies 5-4 at Horner Ballpark in Dallas.
Chandler Jozwiak got the start for the Aggies and got off to a good start in the 1st inning, retiring all three batters he faced. The second didn’t go as smoothly, as Jozwiak walked DBU’s Jimmy Glowenke to start the inning. Jozwiak would walk one more in the inning and allow a run off of a Luke Bandy single. Jozwiak would minimize the damage by getting out of the inning with a strikeout, only allowing one run. While Jozwiak would allow a double in the third, he would allow no more runs.
Joseph Menefee came on for Jozwiak to begin the fourth. The freshman lefty gave up a two-run bomb to DBU’s Christian Boulware allowing the Patriots to extend their lead. Menefee would escape the inning but the Patriots were now up 3-0. After giving up a double and eventually allowing the runner to advance to third, Menefee was relieved two outs into the fifth inning.
Bryce Miller would come on for Menefee and got out of the inning stranding the runner at third. However, Miller wasn’t as fortunate in the 6th inning. The sophomore right-hander gave up back-to-back solo homers to the Patriots allowing DBU to once again extend their lead. He would strike out the next two batters before being relieved by Chris Weber with one out left in the sixth.
Weber would strike out the final DBU batter in the 6th as well as two more in the 7th, not allowing a single Patriot to reach. Weber was in turn relieved by Kasey Kalich who matched Weber’s performance in the 7th, striking out two while inducing a ground out from the other batter faced.
As has been the theme all season, the Aggies struggled to produce at the plate. Texas A&M had a chance to blow open the game in the second inning, but after getting the first two hitters on base, the Aggies couldn’t muster a run. The Aggies would get two on again in the fifth but once again failed to produce any runs.
The Aggies would finally break through for a run in the 6th inning after Will Frizzell connected with the ball for a two-out double which scored Logan Foster. However, as mentioned above, DBU was able to extend their lead in the bottom of the 6th.
Going into the 7th inning, the Aggies were down 5-1. After a leadoff walk, the Aggies were able to capitalize by getting three runs, cutting the lead to 5-4 with runners on the corners and no outs. However, Ty Coleman would be tagged out at third at 3rd on the ensuing at-bat crushing Texas A&M's momentum. The Aggies were unable to mount any offense in the final two innings of the game with the rally coming up just short giving the Patriots the 5-4 win.
Texas A&M will now look to bounce back from a tough loss against Vanderbilt in their first conference series of the year. The Commodores are consistently one of the best programs in baseball and will come to College Station as D1Baseball’s #1 team in the country.