Aggies bullpen stars in 4-1 win over Tarleton State

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BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M bullpen retired 14 of the 15 batters it faced as the Aggies registered a 4-1 victory over the Tarleton Texans in Wednesday evening baseball action on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Chris Cortez, Rawley Hector, Joseph Menefee and Robert Hogan combined for 4.2 hitless innings with the only runner reaching on a ninth-inning error.

Cortez (2-0) earned the win as he inherited a runner at third base with one out and a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, got out of the jam unscathed and retired all three batters he faced in the sixth. The Las Vegas, Nevada, native ended the day with two strikeouts. Hector and Menefee squared off with three hitters in the seventh and eighth, respectively, with Menefee recording two strikeouts. Hogan fanned three of the four batters he faced to earn his second save of the season.

Khristian Curtis was solid in the start, allowing one run on seven hits while striking out seven in 4.1 innings.

Kole Kaler paced Texas A&M (8-4) at the plate. He batted 2-for-3 with one run, one stolen base and one RBI. Logan Britt added a solo home run.

Tarleton (3-9) evened the game at 1-1 in the fourth, but the Aggies responded immediately with Britt’s home run in the home half of the frame. Kaler scored on an error in the fifth and Brett Minnich scored on a stolen base and error in the eighth inning.

TOP AGGIE PERFORMERS

Chris Cortez – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – W 2-0

Robert Hogan – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K – Sv 2

Kole Kaler – 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 RBI

GAME SUMMARY

B2 | Brett Minnich drew leadoff walk and stole second base. Taylor Smith and Ryan Targac followed with bases on balls to fill the bags with Ags. After two strikeouts, Kole Kaler drew a walk to push Minnich across. A&M 1, TAR 0

T4 | Carter Dobrinski threaded a leadoff single through the left side. With one, Colby Seltzer knocked in Dobrinski with a double down the leftfield line. A&M 1, TAR 1

B4 | With two outs, Logan Britt launched a solo home run to centerfield. A&M 2, TAR 1 

B5 | Kaler poked a single to right field, stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch. Austin Bost was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corner, Kaler scored on an errant pickoff throw at first. A&M 3, TAR 1

B8 | Minnich laced a leadoff single to left-center. He stole second base, moved to third when the throw from the catcher sailed right of the bag and motored home on a looping throw back into the infield. A&M 4, TAR 1

UP NEXT

The Aggies wrap up action at the Frisco College Baseball Classic on Sunday with a 6 p.m. contest against the Wichita State Shockers.

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