No. 9 Texas A&M splits doubleheader with South Carolina

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By Thomas D. Dick

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – The No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies got home runs for Cam Blake and Bryce Blaum to best the South Carolina Gamecocks, 6-3, Saturday afternoon in the rubber match of the series at Founders Park.

Blaum batted 2-for-4 with one home run, two runs and two RBI. Braden Shewmake added a two-run double and Cam Blake launched a solo blast for his first career home run.

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Christian Roa continued to stretch out his outings. He went 3.2 innings in the start, allowing one run on three hits while striking out three. Joseph Menefee (3-0) picked up the win in relief with 1.0 blank frame, walking one and recording one strikeout.

The Aggies improved to 29-12-1 overall and 11-5-1 in SEC play. South Carolina dropped to 23-17 overall and 5-13 in league action.



T3 | With one out, Hunter Watson gapped a single to right-center and Bryce Blaum singled through the left side. Zach DeLoach punched a single under the glove of a diving first baseman through the right side to plate Watson with the go-ahead run. Shewmake hit a wall-banger to right-center for a two-run double. A&M 3, SC 0.

B3 | With one out, Noah Campbell singled to leftfield and scored on a double to left-center by George Callil. A&M 3, SC 1.

T4 | On a 1-1 offering, Blake roped a line drive over the rightfield fence for leadoff home run. A&M 4, SC 1.

B6 | With one out, Jacob Olson drew a six-pitch walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Bryce Miller got Andrew Eyster looking at strike three for the second out of the inning, he was relieved by Kalich. Chris Cullen greeted Kalich with an RBI double. A six-pitch walk to Brady Allen and a pinch-hit infield single by Quinntin Perez loaded the bases. Campbell pushed a run across with a five-pitch walk, to cut the lead to one run, before Kalich got Callil swinging at a 3-2 pitch for the final out of the frame. A&M 4, SC 3.

T7 | Chandler Morris drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sac bunt by Ty Coleman. With two outs, Blaum launced a first-pitch offering into the visitor bullpen in right-center. A&M 6, SC 3.

The Aggies host the UT Arlington Mavericks in a 6:32 p.m. contest Tuesday on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

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