Dallas Baptist hammers No. 5 Aggies

Mom said there'd be days like this. The No. 5 Aggies couldn't find their rhythm offensively Thursday night as DBU pitcher Jordan Meaker led the Patriots to another road win over a top-10 RPI squad. Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp has reaction from A&M head coach Rob Childress.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas--After going 18-1 in the month of April, the fifth-ranked Aggies stumbled out of the gate for the month of May, falling to Dallas Baptist, 12-6 in front of 3,089 fans in a rare Thursday night game at Olsen Field.

Dallas Baptist starter Jordan Meaker was the story of the first seven innings, keeping the Aggies (38-8, 18-3) on their heels for most of the game.

A&M managed just two runs on five hits through the first seven frames before DBU head coach Dan Heefner decided to leave him in the game a few pitches too long.

Meaker didn't allow a single hit between the fourth and seventh innings, allowing just two base runners on a hit batter and a wild pitch after a strike out.

"He was attacking the strike zone with a heavy fastball and threw just enough curve balls and changeups to keep us honest and he did an incredible job," said A&M head coach Rob Childress after the game.

Meaker was gassed in the bottom of the eighth, but was left in for the first five batters of the inning, giving up a solo homerun to Blake Stouffer, followed by three singles from Dane Carter, Luke Anders and Darby Brown before being lifted for DBU reliever Jared Stafford.

Meaker was tagged for four earned runs in the inning, giving up six runs on nine hits for the game.

As effective as Meaker was through the first seven innings, the A&M staff was less than impressive.

A&M trotted four pitchers to the mound in the first six innings of play, allowing at least one run in each of the first seven frames as the Patriots jumped out to a 12-2 lead through seven innings of play.

The Patriots' (30-13) 12 runs against the A&M pitching staff mached the season high for runs scored against the Aggies. Baylor scored 12 runs against A&M in a 13-12 loss to the Aggies in the final game of the series in Waco.

DBU's 20 hits against the Aggies almost matched Baylor's season high of 22 hits against A&M in the same game in Waco.

A&M reliever Shane Minks did come in for the final three innings of the game and allowed just one run on six hits over that span.

"We've got to compete a little bit harder and make better pitches," Childress said. "We did win the last three innings and i thought Shane Minks left with a positive outing."

The Aggies look to tie the weekend series against the Patriots on Friday night at 6:30.

"It's not so much about what we didn't do as much as what Dallas Baptist did. Offensively they were ready to go from the word go and got after us. We didn't put up a zero until the 8th inning and their pitcher Jordan Meaker did an outstanding job. You've got to give them credit." Childress said. "We'll come out tomorrow and we'll be ready to compete."


of A&M head coach Rob Childress after Thursday's loss to Dallas Baptist.


Projected Friday starters
A&M: Brooks Raley (5-0, 3.51 ERA)
DBU: Victor Black (1-3, 3.66 ERA)




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