The Texas A&M Aggies pounced on the Georgia Bulldogs for four runs in the bottom of the first inning and coasted to an 11-4 win to complete the series sweep on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Sunday afternoon.
Trailing 2-0 with one out in the bottom of the first inning, Krey Bratsen singled off the glove of Georgia pitcher Luke Crumley to spark the rally. After Bratsen stole second base, Blake Allemand hit his first career home run, depositing a 2-1 offering into the visitors bullpen down the rightfield line to knot the game at 2-2. With two outs, Cole Lankford followed with his first career home run, a solo dinger to right field to give A&M the lead. Daniel Mengden reached on a chopper of the pitchers head for an infield single to breathe new life into the inning. He stole second base and scored when Jonathan Moroney poked a single through the left side of the infield for the 4-2 advantage.
Georgia (8-11, 0-3 SEC) jumped on the scoreboard quickly with two runs in the top of the first. With one out, Curt Powell and Kyle Farmer hit back-to-back singles to rightfield. After Hunter Cole lined out to second base for the second out of the inning, Aggie shortstop Mikey Reynolds committed an error on a Daniel Nichols grounder to load the bases. Jared Walsh made A&M pay for the miscue by lacing a two-run single through the left side of the infield, plating Powell and Farmer.
Texas A&M (14-7, 3-0 SEC) added single runs in both the second and third innings. In the second, Jace Statum singled through the right side of the infield and was replaced at first base on a fielder's choice groundout by Reynolds. Reynolds stole second base and scored when Bratsen pounded a 3-2 offering down the leftfield line for a double. In the third, Lankford hit a leadoff double to the gap in left centerfield, moved to third on a groundout to a charging third baseman by Mengden and scored on a grounder to second by Moroney for the 6-2 lead.
The Aggies kept the foot on the pedal with three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. The inning featured an RBI single by Charlie Curl, bases-loaded walk by Statum and an RBI single by Reynolds for the 9-2 advantage.
A&M's cavalcade of runs continued in the seventh. Walks by Moroney and Reynolds sandwiched around a double by Curl and fly out by Statum gave the Aggies a bases-loaded situation with one out. Bratsen knocked in Moroney with a sacrifice fly to centerfield and Allemand scored Curl with a single to centerfield, inflating the cushion to 11-2.
Georgia mounted a two-out rally in the top of the eighth to cut the lead to 11-4. After strikeouts by Cole and Nichols to start the frame, Walsh singled up the middle and Brett DeLoach launched a two-run home run over the leftfield fence.
The Aggies pounded out 14 hits for the game, including seven extra-base hits. Lankford led the hit parade, going 3-for-5 with one double, one triple, one home run, three runs and one RBI.
Reynolds, Bratsen, Allemand and Curl each logged two hits. Reynolds went 2-for-4 with one double, one run, one RBI and one stolen base. He extended his consecutive-game hit streak to 20 games, tied with Cliff Pennington for eighth on A&M's all-time list. Bratsen went 2-for-4 with one run, one double, one stolen base and two RBI. Allemand went 2-for-5 with one home run and three RBI. Curl went 2-for-5 with one double, one run and one RBI.
The Bulldogs had 11 hits of their own led by Powell, Farmer, Walsh and Bowers with two apiece. Powell and Bowers each logged a double.
In his first career weekend start, Jason Freeman went 4.2 innings, allowing just two unearned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out two over 4.2 innings. Freeman's previous career-long outing was 2.2 innings last Tuesday against Houston Baptist.
Matt Kent (1-1) picked up the win in relief, working 1.2 scoreless frames. He retired five of the six batters he faced, allowing one hit while striking out one.
Crumley (1-3) was saddled with the loss for Georgia. He allowed five runs on seven hits over 2.0 innings.
Texas A&M returns to action Tuesday as the Aggies host the Dallas Baptist Patriots in a 6:35 pm contest at Blue Bell Park.
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