BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies pounded out five home runs, including a grand slam, to claim Friday evening’s series opener over the South Carolina Gamecocks, 16-4, on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
Austin Bost and Ryan Targac started the dinger demonstration in the fifth frame. Jack Moss joined in on the fun with a long ball in the sixth followed by another Bost solo homer, this one with two outs in the eighth. Jordan Thompson slugged one out of the park for a grand slam in the eighth inning, finalizing the score.
Nathan Dettmer labored the first 4.2 innings pitched, giving up three runs, two of those earned. Joseph Menefee (3-2) stepped on the mound for 3.1 innings of relief, tallying five strikeouts, to earn the win. Jack Hamilton came in the ninth inning to close, recording two strikeouts.
The Maroon & White got hot on the bat in the fourth frame, highlighted by Targac hitting 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs. Bost and Moss both went 2-for-5 at bat with 2 RBI each. Brett Minnich was also dominant in the batter’s box, batting 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Dylan Rock drew five walks to tie an A&M single-game school record set by Blake Kopetsky in 2015.
Texas A&M improved to 29-15 on the season and 13-9 in SEC play. The 29 wins equals their tally from the 2021 campaign. South Carolina dropped to 23-21 overall and 9-13 in league action.
TOP AGGIE PERFORMERS
Joseph Menefee – 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 5 K
Austin Bost – 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 HR
Jack Moss – 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR
Ryan Targac – 2-for-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR
Brett Minnich – 3-for-3, 1 RBI, 2B
T1| Brandt Belk singled to third base and advanced to second when Kevin Madden singled through the right side. Belk was sent home on Josiah Sightler’s RBI single to center field. USC 1, A&M 0
B1| Dylan Rock reached on a leadoff walk. Jack Moss singled up the middle and Rock advanced to second. Brett Minnich’s RBI double down the right line scored Rock. A&M 1, USC1
T3| Belk walked and made it to second after Madden singled down the third base line. Belk advanced to third when Sightler grounded into a double play. Andrew Eyster reached on a throwing error while Belk scored an unearned run. USC 2, A&M 1
B4| Minnich singled to left field and advanced to second on Troy Claunch’s single to the shortstop. Claunch and Minnich pulled off the double steal to put two runners in scoring position. Ryan Targac singled through the left side, plating Minnich. Trevor Werner’s RBI ground out drove in Claunch and put Targac on second. Targac stole third and scored after three Aggies were walked, including the run scoring base on balls drawn by Dylan Rock. A&M 4, USC 2
T5| Madden singled to center field and made it to second after Sightler grounded out. Eyster’s RBI singled to right center allowing Madden to score. A&M 4, USC 3
B5| Austin Bost hit a leadoff dinger to left field. After Minnich walk, Claunch singled on a bunt and advanced to second on a throwing error that sent Minnich home. Targac homered to left field following Claunch to home plate to end the four-run inning. A&M 8, USC 3
B6| Rock walked, advanced to second on a throwing error before Moss hit a two-run dinger to leftfield. A&M 10, USC 3
T7| Madden walked to first, stole second on a failed pickoff attempt, advanced to third on a wild pitch and made it home on Eyster’s RBI sacrifice fly to centerfield. A&M 10, USC 4
B8| Bost homered to left center, his second on the night. Minnich walked, Claunch was hit by pitch and Targac walked to fill the bags with Ags. Werner was hit by pitch, granting Minnich a walk to home. Jordan Thompson sent one out of the park down the leftfield line for a grand slam. A&M 16, USC 4
The Aggies and Gamecocks meet again on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park Saturday at 2:02 p.m. to continue the series.
From Texas A&M Aggies Athletics Communications