In his second career start, junior pitcher Andrew Vinson powered the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies to an 8-1 win over the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in an elimination game at the College Station Regional Sunday afternoon.
Vinson (5-2) impressed the patrons on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park with 7.2 innings of scoreless baseball. He scattered five hits and three walks while striking out eight.
The Aggies pounced on the Chanticleers for two runs in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Ryne Birk flared a ball in front of a diving Coastal Carolina rightfielder in the right-center gap for a double. Birk moved to second on a Mitchell Nau groundout to short and scored when Logan Taylor threaded a single through the left side of the infield. Nick Banks followed with a wall-banger to left-center, scoring Taylor with the double to stake A&M to a 2-0 advantage.
Banks hammered a 1-1 offering over the fence in right-center for a leadoff home run in the fourth, inflating the Aggie cushion to 3-0.
The Maroon and White added two runs in the sixth. Banks poked a leadoff single to leftfield and with one out, Logan Nottebrok turned a 1-2 pitch into a howitzer, hitting the video board in leftfield for a two-run dinger and a 5-0 lead.
Texas A&M (47-12) added three runs in the eighth inning including RBI singles by Michael Barash and Birk and a sacrifice fly by Taylor.
Coastal Carolina (39-21) finally broke the scoring seal in the ninth. The frame started with Ty Schlottmann walking a pair of Chanticleers and David Parrett eventually plated a run with a groundout to cut the A&M lead to 8-1.
Banks went 3-for-3 with two walks, one double, one home run, two runs and two RBI. Birk, Nau and Nottebrok each added two hits.
Bobby Holmes (4-1) was saddled with the loss for Coastal Carolina. He allowed five runs on eight hits while striking out four in 5.2 innings.
The Aggies advanced to play in a regional championship game against the California Golden Bears at 6:05 p.m. CT on Sunday. If Cal wins, they are regional champs and will play the winner of the Fort Worth Regional next weekend. If Texas A&M wins, the teams will play a winner-takes-all game on Monday evening at 6:35 p.m. CT.