BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies dropped game two of the opening day doubleheader to the Xavier Musketeers, 2-0, Saturday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
The Maroon & White had stellar pitching performance, but was unable to deliver offensively. The Musketeers plated the two runs of the game with a two-run home run in the top of the fourth.
On the mound, Dustin Saenz (0-1) was saddled with the loss despite a solid effort. He tossed 5.0 innings, yielding two runs on three hits and three walks while fanning a career-high eight. Mason Ornelas sailed through the final 4.0 innings to close out the game, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out a career-high eight batters.
The staff held the Xavier offense to 1-for-12 with runners on and 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, while tallying their second straight double-digit strikeout performance.
Offensively, Austin Bost and Ray Alejo led the way. Bost was 2-for-4, while Alejo record one hit. The Aggies drew six walks on the day.
Nick Zwack (1-0) got the win for the Musketeers, working through 5.0 hitless innings, giving up just three walks while striking out eight. Jonathan Kelly (1) was awarded the save in relief. Kelly threw 2.0 inning, allowing one hit and two walks while fanning one.
With the loss, the Aggies failed to win the opening weekend series for the first time since 2008 and drop to 36-3 since then.
The Aggies fall to 0-2 on the season, the Musketeers improve to 2-0.
Mason Ornelas – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
T4 | Jack Housinger drew a leadoff walk and came in to score on a homerun to rightfield by Jonathan Kelly. Xavier 2, A&M 0.
The Aggies and Musketeers return to action Sunday at 12:02 p.m.
NOTE FOR SUNDAY
The unprecedented hard freeze in the Brazos Valley will force alterations to spectator access at Blue Bell Park for Sunday’s series finale vs. Xavier.
With a priority on fan safety and despite best efforts to clear the area, lingering icy conditions in the upper deck of the stadium will force those areas (sections 201-211) to be closed to fans during both games vs. the Musketeers on Saturday. For fans who hold tickets for these sections, Texas A&M Athletics will make every effort to reseat upper level patrons in bleacher seating and standing room only areas. Unfortunately, due to the unique circumstances surrounding Saturday’s doubleheader and distancing protocols set forth by the Southeastern Conference, fans may be turned away if capacity is reached in available areas of the stadium.