Childress angry after Sunday loss

Failing to finish the three-game sweep is one thing. But failing to compete is another, which is why Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress was so frustrated after Sunday's 9-3 loss at Olsen Field. Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp visits with Childress. (AUDIO INCLUDED)

The Texas A&M baseball team kicked off Big 12 Conference play in dramatic fashion on Friday night, with a 12-inning win over Texas Tech at Olsen Field thanks to a walk-off home run by Dane Carter that cleared the railroad tracks along Wellborn Road.

On Saturday, the Aggies carried the momentum over with them in a 12-1 demolition of the Red Raiders.

But on Sunday, those two games were old news for Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress, who was less than pleased with the Aggies' performance in a 9-3 loss that kept the Aggies from clinching the three-game sweep to start conference play.

"It's disappointing to finish (the series like that)," Childress said. "It's a good weekend but what are we talking about? Finishing in the middle of the pack or trying to win the league? When you've got a chance to sweep somebody, you've got to go out there and do it. That's the bottom line. To get the pitching performance we got today is what's most disappointing."

Childress prides himself on gutty performances by his team's pitching staff, who will likely be paying for their performance in practice this week. Six of the nine runs scored by Texas Tech on Sunday came with two outs in the inning, which was the biggest issue that Childress had after the game.

"We were not able to finish innings today," said a clearly agitated Childress after the game. "Six runs with two outs…It's pretty simple. Finish the inning. We've got to find some guys that can't just pitch on Tuesday who have the ability to pitch on the weekend. Right now I'm not sure about the first three guys we ran out there today, I can tell you that right now."

Unfortunately for the Aggies, the performance at the plate—especially by Blake Stouffer and Luke Anders in the middle of the lineup—was not much better, which left A&M assistant coach Matt Deggs fuming after the game, and added to Childress' angst about the Aggies' performance.

Stouffer and Anders combined to go 0-for-8 at the plate on Sunday, and never hit the ball out of the infield all day, striking out three times as well.

"Those guys (Stouffer and Anders) need to go 1-for-3 or 1-for-4 and their hits need to come with runners in scoring position, that's their job," Childress said. "If they can't do that, then we've got to look to someone else. Those guys are in the middle of the order for a reason and if not we can hit them seven, eight or nine."

And while the score may sound like the game was out of reach, the Aggies loaded the bases in the sixth and seventh innings, giving them a chance to make things interesting.

"We had our chances in the sixth and seventh inning but we were not able to get a big hit. Stouffer swings at ball four and ball five, Anders comes up with the bases loaded and he hits a ground ball. His job is to drive in runs but he didn't get the big hit. To say I'm disappointed is an understatement."

The Aggies return to action at Olsen Field on Tuesday night against UT-Arlington. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

of postgame interview with Rob Childress




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