BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M Aggies used a nine-run third inning to power past the Missouri Tigers, 13-5, in the series opener on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Thursday night.
The Aggies (21-13, 6-7 SEC) did not let a pair of early Mizzou (21-12, 4-9 SEC) scoring innings go unanswered, taking advantage of free bases and errors. Missouri scored three times in each of the first two innings and led 3-1 after a Hank Zeisler two-run homer in the second, but the Aggies answered with a nine-run bottom half of the inning and never let the Tigers back in the the game.
Trevor Werner homered and was one of four Aggies with two RBI apiece. The Texas A&M offense only had eight hits, but drew 10 walks and took advantage of four Tiger miscues in the field in the game.
Nathan Dettmer got the start on the mound, pitching 3.2 innings and giving up three runs before Shane Sdao came for relief. The freshman stabilized things and went on to pitch 3.1 innings with three punchouts to earn his first career victory. Brad Rudis closed the game striking out two and scattering a hit in 2.0 innings of work.
TOP AGGIE PERFORMERS
Trevor Werner - 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR, 2 BB
Ryan Targac - 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI
Jack Moss - 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Jace LaViolette - 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Shane Sdao (W, 1-1) - 3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
T2| MIZZ 1, TAMU 0
Trevor Austin leadoff walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Hank Zeisler and Dylan Leach loaded the bases on a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Matt Garcia hit a ground ball to third and reached on fielder's choice as Austin was put out at home plate. Carlos Pena walked and Zeisler walked home to scratch the first run of the game.
B2| TAMU 1, MIZZ 1
With an out, Trevor Werner hit a solo home run to left center. T3| MIZZ 3, TAMU 1 Luke Mann hit a leadoff single through the right side. Zeisler hit a home run to right center to plate both.
B3| TAMU 10, MIZZ 3
With no outs, four walks in a row by Hank Bard, Hunter Haas, Jack Moss and Austin Bost scored Bard. After Brett Minnich struck out, Werner walked to plate Haas. Jace LaViolette singled to earn an RBI and bring Moss home. With bases still loaded, Ryan Targac singled to left field to plate Bost and Werner and advance LaViolette to second. On a throwing error by the Missouri catcher, both LaViolette and Targac stole a base to move to second and third, LaViolette got the okay to go home to scratch another run. Jordan Thompson hit a dinger to clear the bases. Bard reached on an error and advanced on a Haas single. Jack Moss followed with a single to score Bard.
T5| TAMU 10, MIZZ 5
Austin hit a leadoff single and advanced to second on a Zeisler walk. Leach reached on a fielder's choice putting out Zeisler and advancing Austin to third. Garcia grounded out allowing Austin to have time to tab a run. Leach then scored on a wild pitch.
B5| TAMU 12, MIZZ 5
With no outs Haas singled and stole second. Bost reached on a dropped fly ball and advanced to second pushing Haas to third. Minnich hit a sacrifice fly scoring Haas and Bost scored on a wild pitch.
B7| TAMU 13, MIZZ 5
Haas reached on a fielding error and advanced to second. Haas went to third on a balk. Moss grounded out to plate Haas.
The Texas A&M Aggies will try to claim its third straight series victory on Friday at 6 p.m. on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park against the Tigers.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle
On the game overall... "
Not the best game, obviously. A lot of free bases on both sides. Thankfully, we got the big hits when we had guys on base there in the third inning. But we'll take it. I just asked [Shane] Sdao to get us through the middle innings there so we didn't have to use a lot of pitchers. [Brad] Rudis did a nice job, so we'll take it."
Utility Player Ryan Targac
On his eight hits in the last nine games...
"It's just going back to trusting my routine. I know I talked about it in a past interview that I got caught in between pitches. It just depends on sticking to my approach, staying on the heater and adjusting when I see a spin, but overall, just staying on the heater."