Aggies pulls away late against country enemy UT Arlington

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BRYAN COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Baseball team Texas A&M used a five-run sixth inning to smash past the University of Texas at Arlington in a 10-5 win at Olsen Field in Blue Bell Park on Tuesday night.

Left-handed sophomore Will Johnston hit two batters in 1.1 innings en route to his first win of the season. Freshman Ryan Prager earned the start on the mound before Chris Cortez, Wyatt Tucker, Robert Hogan and Jack Hamilton were called for relief. The pitching staff totaled 14 strikeouts during the night while conceding just six hits.

Hitter designated Dylan Rock led the Aggies with .750 (3-for-4), highlighted by a Dinger to leftfield, a double, three RBI and two runs. Eight of A&M’s ten runs came in the fifth and sixth innings.

TOP AGGIE PERFORMER
Dylan Rock: 3 on 4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 J, HR, BB, 2 SB
Austin Bost: 1-for-4, R, 3 RBI, 2B, BB
Will Johnston: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

GAME SUMMARY

B1| With no outs, Kole Kaler and Dylan Rock walked and worked their way into goal position over two stolen bases. A groundout by Austin Bost brought Kaler around and allowed the Aggies to get onto the board early. A&M 1, UTA 0.

B2| Trevor Werner took a walk and Ryan Targac won a hit-by-pitch before the pair stole third and second place respectively. With no outs, a sac fly by Jordan Thompson into midfield brought Werner home to extend the Aggies’ lead. A&M2,UTA0

T4| A leadoff double from Boone Montgomery set off an offensive burst for UTA. With no outs, Montgomery advanced to third on a wild pitch and Oscar Ponce reached base with a beanball. A sac-fly into midfield by Wilson Galvan overran Montgomery, forcing the Aggies to make their first call in the bullpen. With two outs, the Mavericks used a pair of singles and a walk issued to take a one-run lead. UTA 3, A&M 2

T5| With no outs, the Mavericks loaded the bases through the combination of a walk, single from Montgomery, and a hit-by-pitch. After back-to-back strikes, UTA overran another by bringing home Matt Cavanagh. UTA 4, A&M 2

B5| With an out, Dylan Rock started his 12th long ball of the season to put the Maroon & White within one. Moss singled in the middle and advanced on a wild field before Bost drew a walk and positioned runners on the corners. The Aggies took advantage of a throwing error by UTA’s pitcher to overdraw Bost and regain the lead. A&M5,UTA4

T6| UTA’s Tanner Rice pulled a walk and moved into second place with a sac-bunt from Cason Gregory. Brown drew a walk, and the pair of Mavericks worked their way around the bases in a wild field. With an out, Rice stormed home on a pass to tie the score at five apiece. A&M5, UTA5

B6| A&M took a confident lead, loading bases thanks to a leadoff single from Taylor Smith, Walk an Thompson and Kaler hit by a pitch. With no outs, Rock doubled down the left field line and overshot two before Moss safely reached a UTA field error. A two-RBI double from Bost sent home another pair of Aggies before a one-out sac fly from Werner extended A&M’s lead to five and secured the win. A&M 10, UTA 5

NEXT
The Aggies return to Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park at 6:32 p.m. Friday to begin a weekend series against South Carolina.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES

Head coach Jim Schlossnagle
About Dylan Rock’s performance… “He did a great job when he was turned upside down. He got back into baseball. It was pretty typical of what we’ve seen all season. He ditched the bad spots and swung onto the good ones.”

Second grader left-handed Will Johnston
On the scoring streak in the middle innings… “You can’t say enough about our offense. We are a team that is relentless offensively. We’re going to get deep in the count, we’re going to take balls and we’re going to swing shots. When you’ve done it, when we’ve got people doing this consistently, top-down, we’re going to be really difficult to manage. It’s going to take everyone, but we have the right people, we just have to work as one. “

Graduated from designated hitter Dylan Rock
In today’s win… “I didn’t see many strikes last weekend, but when I did I was too late. Before today’s game, Coach Earley and I went into the cages to work on the timing. I was just trying to get a rhythm going and get my foot timing down.”

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