The Texas A&M Aggies went 4-1 at Olsen Field this week, suffering their first loss of the season against Illinois-Chicago. After beating Stephen F. Austin 5-3 and Prairie View A&M 9-1, the Aggies kicked off a three-game weekend series against the UIC Flames, claiming the series 2-1. The Aggies struggled offensively over the weekend. That was hidden behind the stellar pitching until Sunday’s loss. Our standout players of the week are pitchers John Doxakis and Asa Lacy, both with dominating quality starts.
John Doxakis picked up where he left off as he took the mound on Friday for the series opener. He pitched six innings, allowing three hits and an unearned run. He finished with eight strikeouts and earned his second win of the season. The Aggies took the game 3-1 on four hits with some thanks to five UIC errors. That run support was all Doxakis needed. He carried over his consistency from last season into his first two starts. Expect to see Dox on the mound in series openers for the Aggies.
The transition from reliever to starter could not have gone more smoothly for Asa Lacy. In his second start of the season, Lacy sat down 10 UIC batters over six innings, allowing no runs on two hits. That set up the Aggies for the 4-0 shutout and series winner. He secured his second win of the season and likely his spot in the starting rotation.
Sunday’s game was a different story for the Aggies. Texas A&M was able to get through the previous two games with few runs thanks to untouchable pitching, but the series finale was a struggle on both ends. Jonathan Childress took the mound and started the first five innings without allowing a run, but a three-run sixth for the Flames brought out the bullpen, which gave up an additional four runs. The Aggies’ two runs on five hits wouldn’t be enough in the 7-2 loss, the first of the season.
The Week Ahead
The Aggies are now 7-1, looking to start up another win streak on Tuesday against Houston Baptist at home. Incarnate Word comes to Olsen Field on Wednesday before the Aggies hit the road and face their first ranked opponents. Hopefully they can get the bats heating up. Next weekend, the Aggies travel to Minute Maid Park in Houston for the Shriners College Classic, taking on No. 18 Baylor, No. 17 TCU and Houston.
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