Aggies Shut Down Tigers In SEC Opener

Hunter Melton had a grand slam as part of a six-RBI night as Texas A&M knocked off Auburn 6-2 Friday night in the SEC opener.

College Station, Tex.--Texas A&M’s Hunter Melton was a one-man wrecking crew for the Aggies in Friday’s SEC opener as he had a grand slam in the second inning and later added a two-run single as Auburn fell 6-2 at Blue Bell Park. Auburn sophomore pitcher Keegan Thompson allowed all six runs on 10 hits in seven-plus innings, striking out four with four walks to take the loss as the Tigers fall to 13-5 overall.

At the plate junior Jordan Ebert singled and walked twice to extend his reached base streak to 18 games, but Texas A&M starter Grayson Long was too much for the Tigers as he allowed just two of Auburn’s four hits on the night in his six innings to improve his record to 4-0 for the undefeated and No. 6 Aggies.

Auburn took its only lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Daniel Robert that scored sophomore Damon Haecker from second. The second baseman reached on a hit by pitch and moved into scoring position for Robert to push him home. <./p>

In the second inning the Aggies got all the offense they would need thanks to Melton, but the inning started innocently enough with a pair of infield singles to put runners on first and second. Trying to play small ball, Texas A&M attempted to bunt the runners into scoring position, but an error on Thompson loaded the bases for Melton and he delivered his third home run of the season to make it a 4-1 lead just like that.

After giving up the grand slam, Thompson settled in and allowed just two hits over the next six innings as Auburn cut into the lead in the fourth inning with an RBI double by Blake Logan that chased home Cody Nulph. Logan’s RBI closed the gap to 4-2, but that would be all for the Tigers.

Texas A&M (19-0) tacked on some insurance in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run double by Melton after the Aggies once again loaded the bases with three consecutive singles off Thompson to put him in serious trouble. The double brought his day to a close as Texas A&M pushed the lead out to four.


Kyle Simonds and Ryan Hendrix pitched the final three innings for the Aggies and didn’t allow a hit as Texas A&M put the finishing touches on the SEC opening night win.

Auburn and Texas A&M meet again on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a game that will be televised by SEC Network.

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