COLUMBIA, Missouri - Nine different Aggies scored a run as No. 22 Texas A&M rolled to an 11-1 victory over the Missouri Tigers in the series opener Friday afternoon at Taylor Stadium.
Braden Shewmake led the Aggie arsenal, going 4-for-6 with one run and two RBI. Nick Choruby and Blake Kopetsky added two hits apiece. George Janca chipped in with three RBI, including a two-run dinger.
Brigham Hill was dominant on the mound, pitching 7.0 scoreless innings, scattering two hits and two walks while striking out seven. With his final K, the second out of the seventh inning, Hill became the 17th Texas A&M pitcher to record 200 career strikeouts.
Landon Miner closed out the game with two innings of relief on the mound. He allowed one unearned run on two hits and one walk while striking out two.
The Aggies pounced on the Tigers for three runs in the top of the first. Choruby was issued a base on balls to start the game and Logan Foster followed by rattling a triple down rightfield line. Shewmake pushed Foster across with a groundout to second for the 2-0 lead. Joel Davis and Cole Bedford strung together back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners and Davis came home when rightfielder Trey Harris dropped Jorge Gutierrez's fly ball but regrouped in time to retire Bedford at second on the force out.
Texas A&M (30-13, 11-8 SEC) manufactured a two-out run in the fourth. Austin Homan drew a walk and Kopetsky threaded with a single through the right side. Choruby with a single through the right side of his own to plate Homan for the 4-0 advantage.
In the fifth inning, the Aggies had bases loaded with no outs. The Maroon and White cashed in with three runs as Janca was hit by a pitch and Homan poked a two-run single to leftfield.
The Aggies put the game away with a four-run seventh. Janca blasted a two-run home run to leftfield and Choruby and Shewmake each added RBI singles.
Missouri (27-16, 8-11 SEC) broke the scoring seal in the eighth with an RBI single by Kirby McGuire.
COLUMBIA, Missouri - The No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies completed a doubleheader sweep of the Missouri Tigers, winning the night cap at Taylor Stadium, 7-1, on Friday. The Maroon and White outscored Missouri 18-2 on the day.
The victory gave the Aggies their fifth consecutive SEC series triumph, including their third consecutive road series.
The highlight of the evening was Kaylor Chafin who retired all 14 batters he faced in relief. Chafin (6-1) recorded a career-high eight strikeouts to pick up his fourth victory in SEC play.
Texas A&M's pitching staff yielded just two unearned runs on nine hits and six walks while striking out 21 in 18.0 innings of work on Friday.
Missouri (27-17, 8-12 SEC) drew first blood in the bottom of the third. Chris Cornelius slapped a leadoff single up the middle and Connor Brumfield and Kirby McGuire loaded the bases with two bunt singles. A passed ball allowed Cornelius to score the first run of the game. Texas A&M starting pitcher Corbin Martin battled back with a strikeout and a pair of groundouts to get out of the inning without further damage.
The Aggies manufactured a run in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Hunter Coleman was issued a base on balls and Blake Kopetsky followed with a double down to rightfield to put two runners in scoring position. Austin Homan punched an 0-2 pitch into rightfield to plate Coleman with the equalizer on the sacrifice fly.
After making some hard-hit outs early in the game, Texas A&M (31-13, 12-8) finally solved Missouri ace Tanner Houck in the eighth inning. George Janca started the inning with a Bermuda triangle double into shallow left center and Nick Choruby put down a bunt single to put runners on the corners. Logan Foster drove a single to knock in Janca for the go-ahead run. Braden Shewmake drove Houck out of the contest, launching a two-run double to left-center to stake the Aggies to a 4-1 lead.
The Aggies piled on three more runs in the ninth. The first run scored on a fielding error and Walker Pennington and Shewmake added RBI singles.
Texas A&M starting pitcher Corbin Martin fought through traffic much of his outing. He allowed one unearned run on five hits and three walks while striking out four in 4.1 innings.
Houck (3-7) yielded four runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out five in 7.0 innings. He allowed just one hit in the first four innings, but the Maroon and White wore him down with a hit and a run in the fifth, a hit in the sixth, two hits in the seventh and four hits and four runs with the four batters he faced in the eighth.
With their doubleheader sweep, the Aggies are guaranteed a winning record for the 11th consecutive season. It marks the second-longest string of winning seasons in school annals. A&M put together 39 consecutive winning campaigns between 1961-99.
Shewmake went 3-for-5 in the night cap and finished the day going 7-for-11 with one double and five RBI. Kopetsky went 2-for-5 in game two and batted 4-for-8 in the twin bill.