HOUSTON, Texas - The No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies put up six runs in the fourth and four runs in the seventh to cruise to a 13-4 victory over the Rice Owls Tuesday evening at Reckling Park.
Texas A&M's hit parade was led by Michael Helman. The Aggie second baseman went 4-for-6 with one home run, two runs and three RBI and he extended his hit streak to 15 games. Will Frizzell, Hunter Coleman and Bine Schoenvogel each added two hits.
Aggie starter Chandler Jozwiak cruised through the first 5.0 innings, not yielding a run while scattering two hits. Rice finally got to him in the sixth with the first four batters recording hits. He exited the game with one out in the sixth, after recording his eighth strikeout of the game. For the game, Jozwiak allowed four runs on six hits while striking out eight in 5.1 innings. He equaled a career-high with his strikeout total and the 5.1 innings marked his longest outing.
Texas A&M improved to 18-4 on the season. The loss dropped Rice to 9-14.
T1 | Helman extended his hit streak to 15 games with a one-out, solo home run over the leftfield fence. A&M 1, RICE 0.
T2 | Frizzell launched a leadoff home run to leftfield, his third dinger of the year. A&M 2, RICE 0.
T4 | Frizzell and Coleman led off the inning with singles and a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position. Schoenvogel bounced a single up the middle to score Frizzell. A catcher's interference with Allonte Wingate at bat loaded the bases and Coleman and Schoenvogel scored on an error by Rice's second baseman on a grounder by Aaron Walters. Zach Esquivel spelled Rice starter Roel Garcia and induced a grounder to second by Zach DeLoach, knocking in Wingate. Helman singled up the middle and Braden Shewmake drew a walk to fill the bags with Ags. Walters scored on a wild pitch and Logan Foster knocked in Helman with a sacrifice fly. A&M 8, RICE 0.
B6 | The Owls started the frame with four hits, including a single by Bradley Gneitling, an RBI double by Ryan Chandler, a single by Trei Cruz and an RBI single by Braden Comeaux. Jozwiak fanned Ford Proctor before being spelled on the mound by Cason Sherrod. Sherrod induced a grounder to first by Andrew Dunlap and hit Justin Collins by a pitch to load the bases. Chace Sarchet singled to center to score two runs before Sherrod could record the last out of the frame. A&M 8, RICE 4.
T7 | The Aggies offered an immediate and equal response the next half inning. Coleman reached on an error to start the inning and with one out Wingate singled up the middle and Walters drew a walk to load the bases. DeLoach drew a walk to plate a run and Helman followed with a two-run single to rightfield. The cavalcade of runs was capped off by Shewmake's sacrifice fly. A&M 12, RICE 4.
T9 | The Aggies manufactured a run in the top of the ninth. Wingate was hit by a pitch to start the frame, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Walters gapped a single to left-center. A&M 13, RICE 4.