Baseball Falls at Texas A&M, 9-2
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M bolted to a 5-0 lead in the first inning Friday night, and the 19th-ranked Aggies went on to defeat No. 17 LSU, 9-2, in Blue Bell Park.
Texas A&M evened the conference series at one game apiece and improved to 22-9 overall, 4-7 in the SEC. LSU dropped to 20-12 overall and 6-5 in league games.
The teams conclude the series at 2 p.m. CT Saturday in a game that may be viewed on SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Saturday’s contest may also be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network.
Freshman right-hander Ma’Khail Hilliard (6-1, 0.76 ERA) will start Saturday’s game on the mound for the Tigers, and he will be opposed by Texas A&M junior right-hander Mitchell Kilkenny (6-0, 1.59 ERA).
Texas A&M left-hander John Doxakis (5-1) on Friday night limited the Tigers to two runs on six hits in eight innings with four walks and five strikeouts to earn the victory. LSU starter Caleb Gilbert (3-3) was charged with the loss as he worked 0.2 inning and allowed five runs on six hits with one strikeout.
The Aggies struck for five runs on six hits in the first inning against Gilbert. Centerfielder Zach DeLoach highlighted the inning with a run-scoring double, shortstop Braden Shewmake, catcher Cole Bedford and third baseman George Janca delivered RBI singles and first baseman Hunter Coleman provided a sacrifice fly.
LSU right-hander Cam Sanders relieved Gilbert and struck out Texas A&M designated hitter Aaron Walters to end the first inning. Sanders then fired three straight shutout innings to keep the Tigers within striking distance.
LSU reduced the deficit to 5-2 in the fourth when designated hitter Daniel Cabrera launched a two-run homer, his third dinger of the season.
Texas A&M, however, scored three runs in the fifth to extend its lead to 8-2. Sanders issued a one-out walk to leftfielder Logan Foster before LSU centerfielder Zach Watson misplayed Shewmake’s line drive, allowing Foster to score and Shewmake to advance to third base on the error.
Shewmake then scored on a Sanders wild pitch and Bedford later contributed an RBI single against LSU reliever John Kodros to give the Aggies a five-run advantage.
Texas A&M added another run in the seventh against reliever Todd Peterson on an RBI single by DeLoach.