BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The No. 16 Texas A&M baseball team (33-16, 17-10 SEC) completed the sweep over Mississippi State (25-27, 9-18 SEC) with an 8-2 victory Sunday on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
All was quiet until the fourth in which Mississippi State strung together a pair of singles to jump on the board. The Maroon & White responded by taking advantage of a pair of fielding errors which plated a trio of Aggies in the home half of the inning. Sophomore Ryan Targac led the way at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs and a RBI. A&M had another three-run inning in the sixth as Austin Bost contributed a pair of insurance runs via a two-out double in the eighth.
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Will Johnston earned his second save of the season, striking out five Bulldogs in 2.1 innings of work. Johnston, starting pitcher Ryan Prager and Robert Hogan (3-1) combined for 10 strikeouts and limited Mississippi State to six hits.
The victory marked the team’s first sweep of a conference opponent since the Aggies swept Kentucky on the road in March 2019.
TOP AGGIE PERFORMERS
Ryan Targac – 3-for-3, 2 R, RBI, BB
Will Johnston – 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Ryan Prager – 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
T4| Mississippi State’s Kellum Clark singled with two outs, advanced to third on a single by Kamren James and charged home on an A&M fielding error. MSU 1, A&M 0
B4| A&M capitalized on a pair of defensive errors made by Mississippi State to scratch three runs across. Brett Minnich led off with a single before Troy Claunch reached and advanced to third on a defensive miscue, plating Minnich. A single by Ryan Targac sent Claunch home, followed by a second MSU fielding error that allowed Jordan Thompson to reach base and advance Targac to second. Targac took third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a one-out sac-fly courtesy of Trevor Werner. A&M 3, MSU 1
B6| A pair of walks issued to Targac and Thompson set the scene for back-to-back singles by Kole Kaler and Werner to tack on two insurance runs. Jack Moss reached on a fielder’s choice, advancing Kaler to third before Dylan Rock’s one-out sac-fly plated the Aggies’ sixth run. A&M 6, MSU 1
T7| With two outs, RJ Yeager tripled to right center and scored on a single by Luke Hancock. A&M 6, MSU 2
B8| Free bases were issued to Moss and Rock before a two-out double by Austin Bost sent both runners home, extending the Aggies lead to six and ensuring the victory. A&M 8, MSU 2
The Aggies wrap up the regular season on the road against Ole Miss beginning Thursday. First pitch is slated for 6:32 p.m. at Swayze Field.
From Texas A&M Aggies Athletics Communications