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Aggies complete series sweep of BGSU

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Game 1

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 20 Texas A&M Aggies cruised to a 19-2 win over the Bowling Green Falcons in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Texas A&M's offensive explosion boasted 15 hits, including one double, two triples and three home runs to go with 10 walks. Eleven players scored for the Aggies, including all nine players in the starting lineup.

Nick Choruby, George Janca, Logan Foster, Hunter Coleman and Jorge Gutierrez each logged two hits. Catchers Coleman and Gutierrez combined to go 4-for-5 with four runs, one triple, two home runs and five RBI in the No. 9 spot in the order. Coleman batted 2-for-3 with two runs, one triple and two RBI. Gutierrez blasted home runs in his first two career at-bats, going 2-for-2 with three RBI.

The Aggies drew first blood with a run in the bottom of the first. With one out, Austin Homan drew a walk and an error by shortstop Nick Glanzman trying to catch the throw from starting pitcher Brad Croy on Braden Shewmake's bouncer back to the mound put two runners on. Homan moved to third on a flyout by Walker Pennington and came home to score on Joel Davis' single to rightfield.

The Maroon and White tacked on three more runs in the second. With one out, Cam Blake singled to rightfield and moved to second on an error. Coleman followed with a wall-banger to centerfield for a triple, plating Blake. Choruby followed with a two-run dinger off the rightfield foul pole for his first career home run and a 4-0 lead.

Bowling Green showed signs of life in the fifth when Jeff Scott hit a one-out solo home run to cut the lead to 4-1, but the wheels came off the wagon for the Falcons in the home half of the inning.

Texas A&M smothered Bowling Green with nine runs in the bottom of the ninth. The first five batters of the inning drew walks. Janca, Foster, Coleman and Pennington all plated runs with singles and Shewmake knocked in two runs with a single.

The Aggies closed out strong with two runs in the sixth and four runs in the eighth.

Stephen Kolek (1-0) earned the victory for Texas A&M, yielding one run on three hits while striking out three in 5.0 innings. He threw just 57 pitches but was lifted after the Aggies took nearly 40 minutes batting in the bottom of the fifth inning. Landon Miner pitched 2.0 blank frames, retiring all six batters he faced in relief. Kyle Richardson allowed one run in the eighth, on two hits, while striking out one. Mason Cole faced four batters in a scoreless ninth with one walk and one strikeout. Brad Croy (0-1) was saddled with the loss. He allowed six runs, five earned, on four hits and three walks, while striking out two in 4.0 innings. 

Game 2

The No. 20 Texas A&M Aggies ransacked the Bowling Green Falcons in the nightcap of Saturday's twinbill, 16-5, to cap off a dominating three-game series sweep on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The Aggies outscored the Falcons by a combined tally of 50-8 for the opening weekend. It marked the most runs the Maroon and White have produced in an opening three-game weekend, topping the 48 scored in 1999. It also marked Texas A&M's top run tally for a three-game series since scoring 53 against Texas Tech in March 1989. The last time Texas A&M won three games in a series by more than 10 runs apiece came in March of 1999 against UT Pan American.

Nick Choruby led the Aggies at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four runs and two RBI. Logan Foster, Braden Shewmake, Walker Pennington and Jorge Gutierrez all notched a pair of hits.

For the third time in the series, the Aggies produced a run in the first inning. Choruby reached on an error by second baseman Mitchell Schneider, moved to second in an infield single by Logan Foster and scored when Pennington laced a single through the left side of the infield for the 1-0 lead.

A defensive lapse allowed the Falcons to tie the score in the third. Nick Piazza drew a leadoff walk moved to second on a wild pitch on strike three to Justin Mott. Schneider then bounced a ball back to Aggie starter Mitchell Kilkenny. In a bit of confusion, Kilkenny threw the ball to second with no force play at the bag and the runners reached safely at the corners. Jake Wilson made Texas A&M pay for the mistake, putting down a squeeze bunt to score Piazza.

Bowling Green took its first lead of the series in the fourth. With one out, Randy Righter reached on an infield single and Derek Drewes singled to leftfield. Riley Minorik knocked both runners in with a triple for a 3-1 lead. Kilkenny was able to regroup, stranding Minorik at third with strikeouts of Piazza and Mott.

The Aggies offered an immediate response in the home half of the fourth. With one out, Gutierriez tripled to the gap in left-center and scored on a single to leftfield by Austin Homan. With two outs, Choruby singled rightfield to put runners on the corners and Foster singled to leftfield to plate the equalizer. An RBI single by Shewmake and an error gave Texas A&M a 5-3 lead.

The Maroon and White lead ballooned to 11-3 with a six-run fifth. Highlights of the frame included a two-run infield single by Choruby and RBI doubles by Shewmake and Pennington.

Texas A&M delivered the knockout blow with a five-run seventh. The inning include an RBI double by Baine Schoenvogel and a two-run triple by George Janca.

Mitchell Kilkenny (1-0) earned the winning, yielding three runs on three hits and one walk while striking out six in 5.0 innings. John Doxakis each worked scoreless innings. 

Zac Carey (0-1) was saddled with the loss for Bowling Green. He allowed seven runs, three earned, on 10 hits and one walk while striking out one in 4.1 innings.

Texas A&M returns to action Tuesday when the Maroon and White host the SFA Lumberjacks in a 6:32 pm contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.


Head Coach Rob Childress

On the weekend... "Couldn't be more proud of the guys. We made the routine plays along the way, threw it over the play, and were incredibly competitive offensively. The older guys showed him the way. We played with a little bit of pressure in the second game. They grabbed the lead and Mitchell Kilkenny had a big punch out with a runner at third to keep it at 3-1 then we were able to string together some big at-bats."

On Jorge Gutierrez... "He certainly played his way into this game. He had a great game. The older guys really showed him the way. He had an O.K. fall and was in good shape to get a lot of ABs this season but he forced his way into this lineup which is a good thing."

Freshman utility man Jorge Gutierrez

On his epic day at the plate... "It's a pretty awesome way to start my collegiate career. In the fall I was really struggling. I talked to all the coaches and they told me I needed to work hard to put myself in the picture. I did what I had to do, whatever it was, work on my swing, lose weight, run more, or working on my swing. Hard work payed off."

Sophomore Stephen Kolek

On his outing... "I thought we had a great day today. The team played well and I just tried to do what I could to get my teammates involved. I tried to pound the strike zone and get the game moving."

On the offensive output... "It's unbelievable. To have an offense like that behind you lets you go out there and pitch with no fear. You can throw the ball over the plate knowing that your defense has your back and the offense is gonna get you ahead. It's not easy when you have to wait around after a nine-run inning but I'll take it."

Senior outfielder Nick Choruby

On the offensive output this weekend... "It was huge. One through nine, the whole weekend, even guys coming off of the bench, just the way we competed every pitch, just stripping down the pitchers. That's what makes it easier to be successful for each individual going up to the plate is when everybody is having competitive at-bats, one through nine."

On the team's reaction to his home run... "It was pretty funny, everybody has been giving me a hard time about it for a while because I hadn't hit a home run since I'd been here. It was exciting and I couldn't have asked for much more from my teammates."