The Texas A&M Aggies scored in each of the first five innings and cruised to a 12-2 win over the UTPA Broncs in Tuesday evening's run-rule shortened, seven-inning affair on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
The Aggies registered eight extra-base hits on the evening, including six doubles, one triple and one home run. A&M notched a season-high with 17 hits as the first six batters in the order recorded multiple-hit games and all nine starters registered at least one hit.
Cole Lankford went 3-for-4 with three doubles, two runs and two RBI to lead the hit parade. Hunter Melton also logged three hits, going 3-for-4 with one double, one triple, two runs and two RBI. Mikey Reynolds scored four runs, going 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season and his first career dinger at Blue Bell Park. Blake Allemand, Troy Stein and Daniel Mengden each added two hits.
The Aggies pounced on the Broncs early with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Reynolds followed with a double to the gap in right centerfield to put two runners in scoring position. Lankford plated Reynolds with a sacrifice fly to centerfield and A&M staked claim to a 1-0 lead.
The Maroon and White tacked on another run in the second inning. Mengden came up inches shy of a home run with a wall-banger to leftfield for a leadoff double, moved to third on a groundout by Mitchell Nau and scored on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Krey Bratsen for the 2-0 advantage.
The cavalcade of runs continued with four runs in the third inning. The frame was highlighted by an RBI triple by Melton and an RBI single by Bratsen.
Texas A&M (28-24) busted the Broncs with three runs in the fourth to inflate the cushion to 9-0. Lankford hit an RBI double, Stein tallied an RBI single and Melton scored on a passed ball to account for the runs.
Reynolds launched a 2-0 offering over the leftfield fence for a solo home run and a 10-0 lead.
UTPA (24-27) broke the scoring seal in the sixth inning when Alberto Morales sent a 2-1 pitch over the leftfield wall for a solo home run. The Broncs added a run in the seventh when Will Klausing scored on a groundout by Shane Klemcke, trimming the Aggie lead to 10-2.
The Aggies ended the contest in the seventh when they scored two runs to invoke the predetermined 10-run role. Melton plated a run with a single and Stein ended the contest with an RBI single of his own.
Pitching for the first time since April 16, Grayson Long (4-1) earned the win, allowing one run on two hits and three walks while striking out three over 6.0 innings. It marked the longest outing of his career.
Matt Daniels (1-6) was saddled with the loss for UTPA. He allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits and one walk over 2.2 innings.
Texas A&M returns to action with a three-game series in Knoxville against the Tennessee Volunteers starting Thursday at 5 pm Central.
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