No. 21 Texas A&M holds off Army 6-5

Bryce Blaum -- Credit: Olivia Treadwell/Texas A&M Athletics

By Thomas D. Dick

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies held off a late charge to defeat the Army West Point Black Knights, 6-5, Saturday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Bryce Miller closed out the game in nail-biting fashion to earn his first save of the season. He allowed two hits while striking out three. He allowed two inherited runners to score and needed to retire two batters with runners at second and third to nail down the save. He got a strikeout and fly ball to deep centerfield to seal the deal.

Christian Roa (2-0) earned the win with another great start. He battled through 5.0 inning, yielding two runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out 10. Roa retired the last 13 batters he faced, including striking out the last eight.

One day after setting a school record with 22 strikeouts, the pitching staff fanned 15. It marked their fourth straight double-digit strikeout performance and the fifth of the season.

The Maroon & White fell behind early giving up two runs in the first. The Aggies cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first and then plated five in the fifth to take the lead. The Black Knights answered back in the sixth and the eight, plating three runs. Miller was able to stun the Army’s bats in the ninth after they got two runners in scoring position with one out.

Ty Coleman and Will Frizzell paced the Aggies offensively. Ty Coleman was 2-for-4 with one run, while Frizzell added two hits and one RBI. Eight Aggies mustered up 10 hits on the day, marking their fourth straight double-digit hitting effort and sixth of the season.

The Aggies improve to 7-0, and the Black Knights fall to 1-4.

SCORING SUMMARY
T1 |  Carter Macias dropped a leadoff double on the leftfield line and scored on an error on a sacrifice bunt by Andre Walden. Anthony Giachin put runners on the corners with a single to rightfield. John McKenna plated Walden on a sacrifice fly to right. Army 2, A&M 0.

B1 | Bryce Blaum hit a leadoff single through the left side and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cam Blake. Frizzell plated Blaum on a single that snuck through the right side of an Army shift. Army 2, A&M 1.

B5 | A Zach DeLoach single up the middle and a Ray Alejo walk started things off for the Aggies. Schmidt reached first and loaded the bags on a fielder’s choice. Trevor Werner plated one on a deep sacrifice fly to center. Ty Coleman reached first on a fielder’s choice and Alejo scored on a throwing error to the plate. Blaum scored one on a fielding an error by the third baseman and Blake doubled down the third base line, plating one more. Frizzell scored one on a misplayed towering pop fly. A&M 6, Army 2.

T6 | Walden singled to leftfield, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly to rightfield by McKenna. A&M 6, Army 3.

T8 | Walden singled to shortstop, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Giachin drew a walk to put runners on the corners. McKenna singled up the middle, plating one. A two-out wild pitch plated one more. A&M 6, Army 5.

 

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The Aggies and the Black Knights return to action Sunday with first pitch at 12:02 p.m.