Aggies win record 14th straight Big 12 game

Luke Anders got the Aggies started with two solo-homers—one to each side of the field—to claim the series against No. 4 Missouri in a 15-0 win at Olsen Field. Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp has reaction from A&M head coach Rob Childress and players following A&M's Big 12 record 14th consecutive conference win.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—With runners on second and third and nobody out in the bottom of eighth inning, the A&M student section began chanting "batting practice…batting practice," and why not? Sixth-ranked Texas A&M might have actually recorded more hits in the game than they collected in pregame warm-ups en route to a 15-0 win over No. 4 Missouri in front of 5,478 fans on Saturday afternoon at Olsen Field.

After a dramatic come from behind win on Friday night, the Aggies barely broke a sweat while putting No. 4 Missouri away on Saturday, picking up their Big 12 Conference-record 14th consecutive conference win, and setting a new school record for the largest margin of victory in a Big 12 shutout in the process.

"(The Aggies) are just on fire right now," said Missouri head coach Tim Jamieson. "I don't think it really matters what we do, yesterday or today, they're going to find a way to win."

The Aggies dominated Missouri on the mound and at the plate for the entire game, going through four Missouri pitchers for the second straight game—none of which could cool off the Aggies red-hot bats.

Aggie starter Barret Loux was equally impressive, pitching six brilliant innings, allowing zero runs on just two hits while striking out five Missouri batters. The freshman right-hander hasn't allowed a run in his last 12 innings of work, and has given up just two runs off of 10 hits in his last 18.2 innings of work while striking out 19 batters.

"Barret Loux was outstanding today," said A&M head coach Rob Childress. "You couldn't ask for more from any pitcher in the country than what he's given us the last three weeks."

A&M's bats were just as dominant as the Aggies scored in each of the final seven innings at the plate after a scoreless first.

Luke Anders got things started for the Aggies with the first of two solo home runs over the right field fence to give A&M an early 1-0 lead. But the Aggies didn't let up after that.

Dane Carter drove the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the third over the left field wall for a two-run homer to increase the Aggies' lead to 3-0.

A&M plated another run in the fourth on Anders' second solo shot of the game—this time to left field.

The Aggies put the game away in the bottom of the fifth thanks to three straight singles by Stouffer, Carter and Duran, and a sacrifice fly by Darby Brown that resulted in another three runs for the Aggies. Stouffer extended his hit streak to a career-high 19 games in the process.

A&M tacked on yet another run in the sixth before scoring four more runs in the bottom of the seventh to blow the game wide open, taking a 12-0 lead into the eighth inning.

"It was pretty close (to being a perfect game)," Childress said. "We scored in every inning but one, we threw a shutout and gave up three hits and we had no errors defensively. I'd say it was a pretty good day."

A&M reliever Kirkland Rivers was just as dominant as well, throwing 2.0 innings in relief, allowing zero runs and one hit, striking out three Tiger hitters along the way

"It was about this time last year Kirkland got hot and became a main factor for us down the stretch and I've got a feeling that we're going to see a little bit more out of him regardless of what that role may be whether it's starting or a long relief appearance," Childress said. "He's feeling pretty good and I've just got a feeling. We've got a short week coming up and we may look to get him a start sometime next week."

The sixth-ranked Aggies will attempt to pick up their fifth consecutive Big 12 series sweep on Sunday—something no team has ever done in conference history.


POSTGAME AUDIO
of head coach Rob Childress

of first baseman Luke Anders

of catcher Kevin Gonzalez

of pitcher Barret Loux


NOTES:
• With the win, A&M has reduced its magic number to six games against Nebraska (pending the Huskers' outcome in a double-header against Baylor in Waco on Saturday), four against Oklahoma State and three against Missouri to clinch their first regular season Big 12 Championship since 1999.
• The 15-0 shutout is just the 10th shutout in Big 12 play and first since 2004 when the Aggies shutout Kansas State.
• The 15-run win matches the largest margin of victory in Big 12 play for the Aggies as well (19-4 against Iowa State in 1997).
• It was the largest conference shutout since 1974 when the Aggies shutout Arkansas 15-0.




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