Aggies pound Cougars in Top-20 showdown

Scott Migl pitched the best game of his career and the Aggie bats continue to be red hot at the plate. Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp reports live from Houston, where the No. 8 Aggies dismantled No. 18 Houston on Tuesday night.

HOUSTON—Texas A&M scored 34 runs off of 43 hits this past weekend against Kansas State, and on Tuesday night, they took the hit parade on the road. The No. 8 Aggies topped No. 18 University of Houston, 13-6, in front of a season-high crowd of 2,014 fans at Cougar Field, earning their 23rd consecutive mid-week win in the process.

The Aggies watched six batters collect two or more hits, including Kyle Colligan, Dane Carter and Jose Duran, who recorded three hits apiece. Brian Ruggiano also drove in a career-high four RBI as part of an offensive effort that seems to be unstoppable all of a sudden, scoring 13 runs on 18 hits against a Houston team that was allowing just 5.7 runs per game entering Tuesday night's match up.

But what may be the most impressive stat of the game, was the fact that 11 of the Aggies' 13 runs came with two outs in the inning, including all five of the Aggies' runs in their first trip to the plate.

"It's pretty amazing to get 11 two-out runs," said A&M head coach Rob Childress. "For the last two weeks, we've had guys up and down the lineup really get going. They've been pretty impressive to watch."

The Aggies (27-6, 9-3) jumped on the Cougars early, giving starting pitcher Scott Migl a five-run lead before ever taking the mound.

The Houston native was equally effective on the bump, allowing two earned runs on five hits, with six strikeouts and two walks, over a career-high 7.2 innings of work, and improved to 2-1 on the season with the win. Prior to going back to the mound for the eight inning, Migl had allowed just one earned run on two hits by the Cougars (19-11, 5-1) in his best outing of the season.

"On the mound, I was really proud of Scott's effort tonight, especially there in the middle innings," Childress said. "He was outstanding."

With the bases loaded and two out, first baseman Luke Anders drove in Kyle Colligan and Blake Stouffer to the give the Aggies a 2-0 lead. Ruggiano kept the two-out rally going with a three-run shot over the left field wall that gave the Aggies an early 5-0 lead, giving Migl a cushion to work with and taking the home crowd out of the game from the start.

Houston bounced back with a run in the second and another in the third on a double steal and an errant throw by Ruggiano that allowed the lead runner to score, bringing the Cougars within three, 5-2.

But Migl was unhittable over the middle innings—literally. Migl faced 16 hitters between the third and eighth inning—just one over the minimum—and allowing zero hits during that stretch.

Shortstop Jose Duran and designated hitter Darby Brown drove in back-to-back RBI singles to right, giving the Aggies another five-run lead in the fifth, before Colligan tacked on another run in the sixth and Riggiano singled in his fourth RBI of the night in the seventh.

Carter, Duran and Anders each drove in a run in the eighth and Carter capped off the night with another RBI in the ninth, giving A&M 13 runs on the night.

Houston managed to score three runs (two earned) off Migl in the eighth and one off Carson Middleton in the ninth to make the score look much closer than the game really was.

The victory was the 100th win in Childress' career, all coming at A&M.

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