HOOVER, Alabama - Texas A&M, the 2-seed, pounded out four home runs and Micah Dallas and Joseph Menefee held 7-seed Florida to one hit as the Aggies topped the Gators, 10-0, to open their 2022 SEC Baseball Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
Trevor Werner, Ryan Targac, Jordan Thompson and Austin Bost blasted dingers in the Aggies' offensive explosion. Bost's three-run tater in the sixth put the Maroon & White in position to run-rule Florida after Menefee retired the side in order in the top of the seventh. Werner and Targac each added a double as A&M logged eight extra-base hits.
Dallas (5-3) scattered one hit and one walk while striking out seven in five innings to earn the win.
Menefee, who entered the game with A&M up by three runs after five innings, earned his first save of the season. He struck out four of the six batters he faced in two innings.
TOP AGGIE PERFORMERS
Trevor Werner - 2-for-3, 1 HBP, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Austin Bost - 2-for-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Ryan Targac - 2-for-4, 2 2B, 1 HR
Micah Dallas - 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7; W, 5-3
Joseph Menefee - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K; S, 1
B3| Jordan Thompson worked a five-pitch walk to start the frame and Trevor Werner blasted a 3-2 pitch over the leftfield power alley for a two-run home run. A&M 2, UF 0
B5| Kole Kaler laced a leadoff double down the rightfield line, Trevor Werner was hit by a pitch and Jack Moss singled to leftfield to knock in Kaler. A&M 3, UF 0
B6| Targac hit a leadoff home run to rightfield. Troy Claunch singled to leftfield and with one out, Thompson stroked a two-run tater to left-center. The Aggies loaded the bases with a Kaler Walk, Werner double and Moss walk. Dylan Rock plated a run with a sac fly and Austin Bost cleared the bases with a home run to left-center. A&M 10, UM 0
The Aggies face Alabama on Friday evening in the third game of the day slated for Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.