It was an undefeated weekend for Texas A&M Aggies Athletics. Baseball went 3-0 in the Shriners College Classic Tournament. At the same time, softball went 5-0 in the Texas A&M Invite. The men’s basketball team came back to defeat Vanderbilt on Senior Night and the women cruised to a win over Arkansas in the final regular season game- also on Senior Night. Here is a recap of a victorious weekend, and the start of a new week:
The Aggies are the 2019 Shriners College Classic Champions! Texas A&M traveled to Minute Maid Park for the weekend. They were coming off of a disappointing loss to Incarnate Word the previous Wednesday. The Aggies saw their first ranked opponents of the season, sweeping the three-game series to claim the title. Once again, the Aggies’ success was led by the pitching staff.
John Doxakis started Friday’s game against No. 18 Baylor, recording 12 strikeouts over eight innings. Home runs by Bryce Blaum and Braden Shewmake led the Aggie offense. They contributed to the 5-2 win and handed the Bears their first loss of the season.
It’s always a good game when the Aggies face TCU, and Saturday’s game did not disappoint. The Aggies pitching staff held the No. 17 Horned Frogs to one hit, allowing Texas A&M to take a 1-0 victory. Asa Lacy had another impressive performance, striking out nine over seven innings. He shut down TCU’s offense after allowing the lead off hitter on in each of the first six innings.
On Sunday, the Aggies secured the championship with a 3-2 win over Houston. Blaum once again led the Aggies offense with a solo bomb in the fifth while reaching base three times. Logan Foster and Shewmake had solid appearances at the plate, going 2-for-4 and 2-for-5 respectively. The Aggies pitching staff was tested when starter Jonathan Childress was removed after three innings due to an injury that will sadly keep him out the rest of the season. Chandler Jozwiak relieved Childress and picked up the win, while Christian Roa recorded his first career save.
They followed that up with a Tuesday night win over A&M Corpus Christi. The final was 12-2 in 7 innings.
The Aggies hosted the Texas A&M Invite over the weekend, sweeping the competition. On Friday, the Aggies run-ruled both Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 8-0 and Lamar 9-1. On Saturday, they picked up two more wins, beating Lamar 10-7 and Longwood 4-1. They capped off a winning weekend on Sunday, defeating Corpus Christi 7-1. Kelbi Fortenberry led the offense, batting .556 with six RBI, six runs and three doubles over the weekend. This was the perfect way to make the transition into conference play, as LSU comes to the Davis Diamond next weekend.
The Aggies hosted Vanderbilt on Saturday and came back to prevent the Commodores from picking up their first SEC win of the season (0-16). The game started out disastrous, as Vanderbilt jumped out to an 11-0 lead and led the entire first half. The Aggies chipped away at the lead as halftime approached, starting the second down 29-25. They ultimately took the lead thanks to a 13-4 run. Savion Flagg and Christian Mekowulu kept the Aggies in the game, making the comeback possible. Each racked up a double-double; Flagg scored 22 with 12 rebounds while Mekowulu scored 19 with 12 rebounds.
Thankfully, the Aggies found success on Senior Night, showing perseverance as they have as of late. After a 1-8 start to conference play, the Aggies have now won five of their last seven. Sadly though, Texas A&M hosted South Carolina on Tuesday for the final home game of the season, falling 71-54. They now prepare for the SEC tournament.
The Aggies women’s basketball team also was victorious on Senior Night with a 66-53 win over Arkansas (17-13, 6-10 in SEC). This was the final game of a successful regular season, as the Aggies finished 23-6, the best regular season record since the 2010-11 season. Chennedy Carter finished with 24 and set the Texas A&M sophomore record with 584 points. N’dea Jones finished with a double-double, scoring 13 and grabbing 16 rebounds.
After the finale of the regular season, the Aggies are the No 3. seed in the SEC Tournament with a bye to the quarterfinals, taking on their first opponent on Friday.
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