COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies defeated the Army West Point Black Knights in a run fest, 14-12, completing the sweep Sunday afternoon in eight innings on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
The Aggies and the Black Knight were going back-and-forth the whole game, including five lead changes. Texas A&M took the final lead in the seventh when Logan Sartori plated two runners, after lining a 3-2 pitch into the left-center gap for a double.
Offensively, eight of nine Aggies registered a hit, three of which had multiple hits. Ray Alejo went 3-for-4 with two runs, one walk and one RBI, while Will Frizzell was 2-for-4 with one run, one double and one walk. Logan Satori added two hits, while Hunter Coleman and Cam Blake added a long ball apiece. The offense tallied 13 hits on the day, marking the fifth straight double-digit hitting performance, seventh total.
On the mound, Mason Ornelas (1-0) registered the win in relief. Ornelas closed out the seventh and pitched into the eight, giving up one run on one hit and one walk. Bryce Miller earned his second save of the season, for retiring three straight in the eighth. Miller threw one hitless frame, while fanning one.
The Aggies improved to 8-0, while the Black Knights dropped to 1-5.
The Aggies host the Houston Baptist Huskies for midweek action Tuesday with first pitch at 6:32 p.m.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Rob Childress
On today's performance... "I'm very proud of our guys. When you go 5-0 in a week, you have to find different ways to do it and certainly today, the offense picked it up. We're relentless, every time they scored, we found a way to answer back and continue to do so the entire game."
On this year's offense... "I'm incredibly impressed. Our guys are a year older and a year wiser. They have many more at-bats under their belt. You can see that they are connected to one another and they are doing it together. Certainly, our coaching staff deserves a lot of credit, coach [Justin] Seely, coach [Chad] Caillet, coach [Cliff] Pennington, those guys have worked incredibly hard to create that unit together."
Senior outfielder Ray Alejo
On the team's offensive capabilities... "I think one through nine, everyone can put a bunt down, everyone can hit a home run and everyone can steal a base. I mean Hunter Coleman stole a base today. It just shows that nobody is scared to do one thing. Nobody is scared to put a sac bunt down; everyone is willing to do whatever it takes to get runs in and win the game."
Senior catcher Hunter Coleman
On the offense... "Absolutely, I think that it speaks volumes to our team. Yesterday the pitching staff picked us up when we left a couple of baserunners on, and we told them we'd pick them up when we need too. It just really shows how complete of a team we are. It was really good way to see us yesterday with them closing it out and with us answering back every time they scored." Junior infielder Logan Sartori On what he saw during his last at bat... "He threw me all fastballs that at bat. Worked it to a 3-2 count, fouled off a couple of pitches and just left a fastball up in the zone and put a good swing on it.