Aggies sweep Fordham with 3-1 win

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COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M Aggies completed the weekend sweep of the Fordham Rams with a 3-1 win Sunday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The Rams took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning with a C.J. Vasquez scoring on a two-out single from Jake Baker. The Aggies responded with Zach DeLoach scoring on a sacrifice fly from Cam Blake to even the score 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Later in the inning, Will Frizzell hit a sacrifice fly ball to score Bryce Blaum and give Texas A&M a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Texas A&M padded their lead with a DeLoach hit an RBI to score Jonathan Ducoff and give the Aggies a 3-1 lead.

Jonathan Childress debuted for the Aggies with a 4.2-inning effort that allowed one run on three hits while striking out three. Christian Roa gained the win as he relieved Childress in the fifth.

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“It was fun,” Childress said. “I was ready to get out there. We’ve been scrimmaging since the fall and I was ready to face another team. It was fun to get out there. The fans showed out today, and it was a really cool experience.”

Roa retired all 10 batters and posted a career high with five strikeouts. Kasey Kalich retired the side in the ninth inning, including a strikeout, to secure his first career save.

“Jonathan Childress got us off to a really great start, and I was able to come in, just let my defense work for me, the catcher was doing a really good job, and the coaches were calling a lot of great pitches, so we just got it done, it was a great team win, and we’re really looking forward to [Stephen F. Austin] next week.”

Blaum went 2-of-4 at the plate with one run and a stolen base. DeLoach went 1-of-3 with a walk and an RBI in the sixth inning that padded the Aggies’ lead. Aaron Walters also had two hits.

“We couldn’t do much better than 3-0 after the first weekend against a really good Fordham team who has outstanding pitching and really wants to press you offensively,” said Aggies head baseball coach Rob Childress. “We did a good job controlling that in a lot of ways. I’m proud of our guys, coming out today on a tough day with the wind blowing.”

Since splitting the opening weekend series against Northern Colorado in 2008, Texas A&M is now 33-1 during opening weekend.

Texas A&M takes on Stephen F. Austin Tuesday with a 6:32 p.m.m first pitch.