ROUND ROCK, Texas — An offensive onslaught propelled the Texas A&M Aggies past the Baylor Bears, 12-4, Friday evening at Dell Diamond to open the Round Rock Classic.
The Maroon & White’s offense was jumpstarted with a big fly by Mikey Hoehner in the top of the second. The Aggies never gave up the lead and proceeded to score two in the fourth, five in the fifth, two in the eighth and one in the ninth.
Texas A&M was led by Will Frizzell and Bryce Blaum. The two tallied a three-hit day with Frizzell adding one run, one home run, one walk, and two RBI, while Blaum tallied two runs and one RBI. Kalae Harrison contributed two hits of his own with one run and one double.
The offense outhit the Bears, 13-11, and had eight Aggies record at least one hit, while three had multiple hits. Despite the Aggies leaving 11 runners on the bases, they were key with runners in scoring position, batting 4-for-9 and with two outs, scoring nine runs. They also scored nine two-out runs.
On the mound, Saenz (1-1) earned the win working 5.2 innings, yielding three runs on nine hits while striking out five. Chandler Jozwiak came in relief and was able to get out of sixth inning two-out jam. Jozwiak threw 2.1 innings, yielding one run on one hit while fanning four, before handing the ball to Chris Farrell to close out the ninth. In his first outing of the year, Farrell worked a scoreless ninth, allowing just one hit while striking out one.
The staff recorded 10 strikeouts on the day, to extend the double-digit strikeout performance string to six.
The Aggies continued their dominance on Dell Diamond improving to 6-1 on the field. They also earned their fourth consecutive win against Baylor.
Will Frizzell – 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI
Bryce Blaum – 3-for-6, 2 R, 1 RBI
Dustin Saenz – 5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 K
Chandler Jozwiak – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K
T2 | Logan Britt drew a two-out walk, and came in to score a two-run blast by Mikey Hoehner. A&M 2, BU 0.
T4 | Kalae Harrison reached first on throwing error by the catcher on a dibbled ball down the first base line. Harrison advanced to second on a shot through the right side of the infield by Bryce Blaum. Harrison moved over to third on a wild pitch and came in to score on groundball by Brett Minnich that was misplayed. Will Frizzell kept things going, plating one more on a single to rightfield. A&M 4, BU 0.
B4 | With two outs, Jack Pineda doubled down the leftfield line. Pineda scored on a lined single to centerfield by E. Cardoza-Oquendo. A&M 4, BU 1.
T5 | Britt singled through the left side of the infield, and advanced to second on a Hoehner four-pitch walk. Blaum added two runs to the board with lined single to centerfield and misplayed ball in the outfield. Minnich plated Blaum from third base on a lined single to rightfield. Frizzell closed out the scoring with a huge two-run shot over the right-center wall. A&M 9, BU 1.
B5 |Cade Currington singled on a line drive off the foot of Aggie pitcher Dustin Saenz. Currington moved over to third after two groundouts and then scored on a single to centerfield by Tre Richardson. A&M 9, BU 2
B6 | Pineda line a single to leftfield and stole second with two outs. Davion Downey put runners on the corners with a single to deep shortstop. Currington plated one with a shot up the middle. A&M 9, BU 3.
T8 | Minnich drew a leadoff base on balls and moved from first to third on shot through the left side by Austin Bost. Bost advanced to second on the throw and both runners scored on a dribbled single up the middle by Zane Schmidt. A&M 11, BU 3
B8 | Harper Homered to leftfield. A&M 11, BU 4.
T9 | Hoehner led off with a four-pitch walk, and advance to third on a double down the leftfield line by Harrison. Hoehner scored on a deep sacrifice fly to centerfield by Minnich. A&M 12, BU 4.
The Aggies continue with game two of the Round Rock Classic against the Oklahoma Sooners, Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m.