Flames burn Aggies 7-2 in series finale

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COLLEGE STATION — The UIC Flames overcame a 2-0 deficit in the sixth inning to beat the Texas A&M Aggies 7-2 Sunday at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Jonathan Childress shouldered the Aggies’ first loss of the 2019 season as he allowed three runs, two of them earned, on four hits while striking out just two in five innings.

Nonetheless, his work was encouraging.

“He had all the stuff today,” said Texas A&M catcher Mikey Hoehner. “He had his fastball, his curveball, and his changeup. When a guy has got command of all three pitches, he’s going to be pretty dangerous. Unfortunately, he made two bad pitches and they took advantage of those pitches and you can’t do anything about it. But besides those two pitches, he pitched a hell of a game.”

Childress admits that most of his pitches were working for him against the Flames.

“My location was a lot better than what it has been recently,” said Childress. “I was throwing everything for a strike and being confident with what had going.”

Things started optimistically for the Aggies as Bryce Blaum belted a solo home run in the first inning to give Texas A&M a 1-0 lead.

In the third inning, Hoehner batted in Ty Condel on a two-out single to extend the Aggies’ lead to 2-0.

UIC came to life in the sixth when Sean Dee hit an RBI double to score Ryan Hampe. Scott Ota hit a two-run homer that gave the Flames a 3-2 lead.

Chris Papapietro hit an RBI single that scored Dominic Smith and gave UIC a 4-2 lead in the seventh.

Thomas Smart batted in Ota on an RBI double in the eighth inning to extend UIC’s lead 5-2.

In the top of the ninth, the Flames padded their lead with Dee scoring on a double from Ota. A muffed ball by the Aggies allowed Ota to score and establish the 7-2 final score.

Texas A&M will host Houston Baptist Tuesday with a 6:32 p.m. first pitch.