15 hits lift Texas A&M over Gonzaga

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COLLEGE STATION — The No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies produced 15 hits to blast the Gonzaga Bulldogs 14-2 Saturday at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Bryce Blaum and Braden Shewmake led the Aggies offense. Shewmake hit 2-of-3 with a run, a double, and three RBI. Blaum went 2-of-4 with two runs and two RBI. Jonathan Ducoff had a three-run home run in the sixth inning for his first such hit of 2019. Ty Coleman blasted a grand slam in the eighth inning.

“Well I’m really proud of our team and the way we responded,” said Texas A&M coach Rob Childress. “We’ve done a great job of that all year long individually and collectively.”

The three home runs were the most for the Maroon and White this season. It was also the fourth straight game in which they recorded double-digit hits. 10 different players tallied at least one hit while five recorded multiple hits for Texas A&M.

The Aggies had a lefty combo of Asa Lacy and Dustin Saenz take on the bulldogs. Lacy (4-0) gave up an unearned run on three hits and two walks while striking out seven in 6.0 innings.

“Lacy had to battle his tail off and got us through six innings,” said Childress. “He couldn’t have had a better pitching performance, and we had the big inning there to kind of cap things off. Dustin Saenz did a lot in the game with the three innings and he got us a save out of it.”

Saenz got his first save of the season as he threw for 3.0 innings and allowed just one unearned run on four hits while fanning two.

The Aggies improve their record to 14-3 while the Bulldogs fall to 5-7. The rubber match will have a 12:02 p.m. first pitch Sunday at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

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