COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies put Prairie View A&M out to pasture, 8-2, on Tuesday evening at Blue Bell Park. The Aggies improve to 20-14 on the season while the Panthers saw their ledger fall to 12-16.
Jason Freeman (1-0) picked up the win after throwing 5.0 innings of scoreless relief, allowing only two base-runners after entering the game in the second inning. The junior struck out four en route to his first victory of the season. Logan Taylor paced the offense, going 3-for-5 with four RBI and a two run dinger.
The Panthers clawed out two runs in the top of the first after getting five of the first six batters on base against A&M starter Matt Kent. Robert Cossey led off the frame with a single up the middle and stole second on the following pitch. Jeff Sealy reached first with one out before an error at third by Ronnie Gideon allowed Cossey to score. Greg Salcido then drove Kent's full-count offering back through the middle to give the Panthers a two-run advantage.
The Aggies were able to roar back, scoring three runs off Prairie View starter Pedro Maldonado in the bottom of the third to claim the lead for the first time on the evening. Blake Allemand laced a one-out double just past the glove of the first basemen into the right field corner and Logan Taylor dropped a single into shallow right-center to give A&M the first run. Cole Lankford then followed up with a two-run blast to the visitor's bullpen in right field for his third home run of the season.
A&M tacked on a run in the bottom of the fourth, doing all its damage with two outs in the frame. Krey Bratsen singled up the middle and stole second before Allemand drew a seven-pitch walk to push Maldonado from the game. Taylor would follow with a single through the right side off Sean Hollis to score Bratsen from second.
The Maroon and White were aided by a walk and an error in the fifth to add a pair of runs. Hunter Melton led off the inning with a single through the left side and Nick Banks followed with a six-pitch walk. Logan Nottebrok laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position before Stein grounded out to shortstop to score Melton. Gideon reached on an error by the third basemen that allowed Banks to score, giving the Aggies a four run advantage.
Allemand drew a walk to start the sixth and Taylor launched his first big fly of the season down the line in left to add an additional two runs for A&M.
Ryan Hendrix, AJ Minter and Corey Ray each pitched an inning of scoreless relief and combined to allow one base-runner.
The Aggies will be in action again this weekend when they travel to Nashville, Tenn., to take on the seventh-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores in an SEC series beginning on Friday.
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