No. 24 Texas A&M rallies past New Mexico State 7-5

No. 24
Mikey Hoeher -- Credit: Craig Bisacre/Texas A&M Athletics

 

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – A four-run sixth inning and three-run seventh propelled the No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies to a come-from-behind win over the New Mexico State Aggies, 7-5, Saturday evening to clinch the series on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The Maroon & White trailed 5-0, until Austin Bost sparked the offense with a pinch-hit, three-run bomb off the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth to cut the NMSU’s advantage to one. Texas A&M claimed the lead in the seventh, 7-5, with Ray Alejo’s go-ahead two-run single and a run-scoring wild pitch.

Bost, Alejo and Hunter Coleman paced the offensive, while five other Aggies added a hit of their own. Bost went 1-for-1 with a three-run dinger. Alejo recorded one hit with two RBI. Hunter Coleman added two runs, one double, one walk, one hit-by-pitch and one RBI.

Christian Roa labored through 4.1 innings, yielding five run on four hits and four walks in the start. The Maroon & White threw the combination of Chandler Jozwiak and Bryce Miller to close out the game. Jozwiak (2-0) earned the win, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing scattering three hits and two walks while striking out four. Bryce Miller nailed down the save for retiring the final four batters of the game, including two strikeouts.

The pitching staff recorded 12 strikeouts on the day, tallying their 11th double-digit strikeout performance of the season. The staff held New Mexico State’s offense to 3-for-15 with runners on, 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and 1-for-10 with two outs.

Texas A&M improves to 13-3, while New Mexico State falls to 12-3. The win stretched the Maroon & White’s home win streak to 15 games.

SCORING SUMMARY
T2 | New Mexico State loaded the bags with walks by Jason Bush, Kevin Jimenez and Cal Villareal. With one out, Austin Duffy singled through the left side of the infield, plating two. NMSU 2, A&M 0.

T5 | Duffy led off with a triple to left-center and came in to score on a double to leftfield by Tommy Tabak. Tabak advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Zerek Saenz. Nick Gonzalez was intentionally walked to put runners on the corners. Tristian Peterson laced a double to leftfield, knocking in one. Gonzalez came in to score on a fielder’s choice to shortstop by Bush. NMSU 5, A&M 0.

B6 | Logan Sartori got thing started with a one-out single to right-center. Sartori advanced to second on a Will Frizzell walk, and came in to score on a roped double down the leftfield line by Hunter Coleman. Austin Bost delivered a clutch pinch-hit three-run bomb off the scoreboard in leftfield. NMSU 5, A&M 4.

B7 | Satori reached first on a hit-by-pitch and reach third on a fielder’s choice by Frizzell and throwing error by New Mexico State’s pitcher. Hunter Coleman was struck by a pitch to fill the bags with Ags. Ray Alejo plated two runs with a single through the left side of the infield to claim the lead. Mikey Hoehner reloaded the bags with a laced single to right-center. Hunter Coleman came in to score on a wild pitch. A&M 7, NM State 5.

 

UP NEXT
Texas A&M looks to sweep the series against New Mexico State Sunday with first pitch at 1:02 p.m.

 

By Thomas D. Dick