A&M completes sweep of Georgia with 10-2 win
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M Aggies finished off their sweep of the Georgia Bulldogs with a 10-2 victory Sunday on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
Hunter Melton highlighted the Aggie win with a monster grand slam that broke the scoreless draw in the third. It was his third homer since Saturday and gave him 10 RBI for the series. The inning started with two quick outs before A&M scrapped together two walks and an error, setting the table for the senior's moon shot.
Kyle Simonds (6-1) got the start on the mound and was lights out on the bump pitching a career high 8.2 innings, one out shy of a complete game. He was efficient with his pitches allowing him to work into the ninth inning. The only damage was a couple Bulldogs solo home runs in the eighth and ninth inning.
Georgia (17-16, 4-8 SEC) gave Bo Tucker (3-3) the ball against the Aggie lineup. Coming in with a 2.52 ERA Aggie bats touched him for seven runs, three earned over 3.2 innings.
The Aggies (25-7, 7-5 SEC) kept adding on to their lead all afternoon. Sending three across in the fourth with another two-out rally. They would go on to put one spots up in the fifth, seventh, and eighth. Joel Davis hit his third tater of the season accounting for the eighth inning run.
Mark Ecker recorded the 27th out of the game in relief of Simonds to put a lid on the sweep.
After working just 6.1 innings in the Florida series, the starting pitching bounced back with a huge weekend with 23.0 innings yielding just three earned runs and striking out 22.
Overall the Aggies outscored the Bulldogs 30-3 in the series totaling eight homers across the three games.
Boomer White reached base in 9-of-14 trips to the plate in the series and Melton finished the three game set with five extra-base hits and went 6-for-11 at the plate.
The sweep was the Aggies fourth in the five home series they've played in 2016.
The squad will meet the Abilene Christian Wildcats for a Tuesday tilt in College Station before embarking to Starkville for a three game set with the SEC West lead on the line against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
HEAD COACH ROB CHILDRESS
"Without question, I couldn't be more proud of our starting pitchers, how they answered the bell after last weekend, or really the last week, and to get us as deep in the game as they did, all three game. I'm just proud of the way we responded."
On leaving in Kyle Simonds in the ninth inning...
"He had 86 pitches going into the ninth inning and I wanted to make sure he left there feeling good so I was on the fence there in the bottom of the eighth as to whether or not to run him back out there. You're not going to be at 86 through eight all that often so I wanted him to have that chance and he was fantastic today. All three pitches for a strike, both sides of the plate with a heater and we played great defense behind him."
On Hunter Melton's grand slam...
"I think out of the 10 runs we scored, eight of them were with two outs. The first seven were all with two outs and in the third inning when we scored, we had an 0-2 count with nobody on and just like that, a walk, an error, a walk and Melton hits a grand slam to give us a lead and let us breathe a little bit and the same thing happened the next inning with two outs.
On Melton's play over the weekend...
"He is a senior and he's playing the way a senior should play. His approach is very good and very mature and when you add that with an awful lot of talent, you've got something special and he certainly had a great weekend for us."
SENIOR PITCHER KYLE SIMONDS
On wanting the complete game...
"I did. The whole stadium was up on their feet, clapping for that last strike and you want it pretty bad and maybe I put too much into that last pitch and he got a hold of it pretty good. You want it bad, but the guys in the bullpen are going to get the job done."
SENIOR HUNTER MELTON
On his grand slam...
"Yeah it was awesome. Luckily I got a pitch over the plate and I put a pretty good swing on it. Credit to the guys in front of me, it was a great feeling and we all did it with two outs. J.B. (Moss) had two strikes on him and threw a walk. (Nick) Banks and Boomer (White) got on too to set up the inning with two outs. "