COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The No. 1 Texas A&M Aggies won the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Arkansas Razorbacks, 13-6. The Maroon and White used a home run and six doubles to keep the bubbles floating around Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
Logan Taylor led the Aggie hit parade, going 3-for-5 with two runs, one double, one home run and five RBI. Hunter Melton went 3-for-4 with one run and two RBI. Ronnie Gideon registered two doubles and two RBI. Blake Allemand, Blake Kopetsky and Ryne Birk added doubles in the win.
Texas A&M (35-3, 7-9 SEC) drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning when Taylor launched a three-run home run over the fence in leftfield. It marked his team-leading ninth dinger of the season.
Taylor added an RBI double and came around to score on a Melton single in the third to inflate the Aggie cushion to 5-0.
The floodgates opened in the fifth as 10 Aggies came to the plate in a six-run frame. The inning was highlighted by a three consecutive doubles by Kopetsky, Gideon and Birk. Gideon's two-bagger knocked in two runs and Birk's plated one.
Trailing 11-0, the Razorbacks (22-17, 7-9 SEC) refused to wave the white flag, responding with six runs of their own in the top of the sixth. Michael Bernal capped off the inning's scoring with a grand slam to leftfield that drove Aggie starter Grayson Long from the contest. Jason Freeman entered from the bullpen and yielded two consecutive hits to keep the Arkansas rally going. Ty Schlottmann came on to finally coagulate the bleeding, inducing a fly out and then fanning two Razorbacks to end the inning.
Aggie reliever Andrew Vinson entered the contest and retired nine of the 10 batters he faced, including six strikeouts, in 3.0 innings to pick up his second save of the season.
Texas A&M tacked single runs in both the seventh, on a Nick Banks' RBI single, and eighth, on a Logan Nottebrok sacrifice fly.
Long (8-0) earned the win. He worked 5.0 innings, plus faced six batters in the sixth, allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits and four walks while striking out six.
Trey Killian (1-3) was saddled with the loss for Arkansas. He allowed 11 runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out three in 4.2 innings.