SFA Falls At No. 21/24 Texas A&M
Feb. 18, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 21/24 Texas A&M Aggies scored four runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back in a 12-3 win over the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team on Tuesday night at Olson Field at Blue Bell Park.
Sophomore Joseph Olson and senior Ricardo Sanchez each recorded an extra-base hit for SFA (2-2) in 2-for-4 performances. Olson finished with all three runners-batted-in (RBI) in the game, collecting one on a RBI single in the fourth inning and the final two for the ‘Jacks in a double in the fifth inning. Sanchez’s extra-base hit came in a leadoff triple to open the fourth inning, in addition to crossing the plate two times for SFA.
Senior Kevin Bishop (0-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) across four and a third innings pitched for the ‘Jacks. The hometown native of College Station surrendered nine hits, recording two strikeouts and a walk, in his first loss of the season.
Aggie starter Tyler Stubblefield (no decision) sat down SFA in order to open the game before giving way to the TAMU bats in the bottom frame, as the first five hitters for the Aggies reached base to take a 4-0 lead.
The deficit lasted until the top of the fourth inning, until Olson delivered Sanchez, who tripled to open the frame, on a single up the middle to make it 4-1. However, TAMU responded with a run of its own on a bunt single in the infield. J.B. Moss singled to open the Aggie at bat, before swiping second and third base to set up the bunt from Patrick McLendon to reclaim the four-run lead (5-1).
The ‘Jacks again found themselves knocking on the door in the top of the fifth with a two-out rally. Sophomore Matthew Dickey and Sanchez each singled before scoring on Olson’s double to the left-center gap made it a 5-3 ball game.
TAMU would go on to tack on seven runs the rest of the way, responding with four in the bottom of the fifth and adding three in the bottom of the eighth to keep the game out of reach.
SFA will close its seven-game road swing to open the season with a three-game series at Alabama beginning Friday, Feb. 21. The series will be the first-ever meetings between the ‘Jacks and the Crimson Tide.