A&M Crushes #25 Texas State 13-4.

The Aggie baseball team defeated yet another ranked midweek opponent on Tuesday with a convincing 13-4 victory over Texas State. This win significantly boosts the resume and the RPI of the Aggie team trying to make a statement as postseason schedules are soon handed out.

Brodie Greene went 4-for-6 to lead a season-high 18-hit attack as No 15 Texas A&M rolled to a 13-4 win over No. 25 Texas State Tuesday evening before 3,881 fans at Olsen Field.

The Aggies came out of the gates swinging, scoring 10 runs on nine hits in the first three innings to build a quick seven-run lead. A&M pounded out six extra-base hits, including three home runs, in its final regular-season home game.

The victory pushed Texas A&M to 34-18 overall entering the final weekend of the regular season. The Bobcats, meanwhile, saw a six-game win streak snapped as they fell to 37-13.

Texas State took an early lead on a two-run home run by Keith Prestridge in the first, but it would not last long.

In the bottom half of the frame, Joe Patterson would deposit a grand slam over the fence in right, his 10th long ball of the year, to give A&M a lead it would not relinquish.

Kyle Colligan would add to the lead in the second with a two-out, two-run single to left field. He would score on the next play, a single to right by Joe Patterson, when the second baseman mishandled the cutoff. The miscue made the score 7-2.

After a Paul Goldschmidt home run in the third cut the Aggie lead to four, A&M responded with three in the bottom half to reach double digits in the run column. Adam Smith tripled to the right center field gap on a hit-and-run play, scoring Kevin Gonzalez on the play. After a pitching change, Brodie Greene hit his 11th home run of the season--a two-run shot to center--to score Smith and give the Aggies a 10-3 advantage.

The Bobcats scored in the fifth on a wild pitch, but Adam Smith got the run back for the Aggies with a long solo home run to left field, his ninth of the year.

The Aggies tacked on two more in the sixth on a double steal and an RBI single by Kevin Gonzalez, extending the lead to nine at 13-4.

Along with his game-high four-hit effort, Greene drove in a pair and scored three runs. Patterson was 3-for-5 with the four RBIs, Gonzalez added three hits, Raley two and Smith recorded a triple, home run and three runs scored on the night. Goldschmidt and Prestridge had two hits apiece for Texas State.

Aggie starter Clayton Ehlert threw six complete in improving to 5-0 on the year. The junior allowed nine hits and four runs while striking out six. He did not walk a batter. Four A&M relievers combined for three innings of no-hit relief.

Bobcat starter Garret Carruth (4-3) took the loss, as he lasted just 2 1/3 innings and gave up eight hits, nine runs (eight earned) and a walk.

Texas A&M returns to action this weekend when the Aggies head to Norman to conclude the regular season against the 13th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Friday's series opener at L. Dale Mitchell Park on the OU campus is set for 6:30 p.m.


• Texas A&M finished the regular season 26-9 at Olsen Field.

• The Aggies now lead the all-time series against Texas State, 36-11, and have won three straight.

• A&M drew 3,881 to Tuesday night's game, bringing the final regular-season attendance total to 142,660 over 35 dates (4,076 average).

• Brodie Greene's first-inning single extended his career-high hit streak to 11 games...Greene's four hits matched a career high...Tuesday marked the fifth time this season that Greene has totaled four hits.

• Joe Patterson's grand slam was the second of the season for Texas A&M...Nick Fleece hit the Aggies' first in the season opener against Wright State...the round-tripper also made him the fourth Aggie player this season to reach double figures in home runs...Patterson's four RBIs on the night matched a career best, set four days ago against Texas.

• Game-time temperature was 89 degrees with clear skies and winds blowing out to left center at 18 miles per hour (gusting to 26).


HEAD COACH Rob Childress: "They're a very offensive team, and just like that we got down 2-0. Then (Joe) Patterson comes back and gives us a big hit in the bottom of the first, and we didn't stop offensively all night long. (Clayton) Ehlert was very impressive, like he has been in the last three weeks. He got better as he went. Shane Minks was without question the best I've seen him since he's been at Texas A&M. His sinker was going straight down. I thought Nick Fleece was very sharp too. Offensively, I thought Joe Patterson had a big night for us, as well as Brodie Greene. The guys had fun tonight and played really hard against a very good Texas State team."

(on putting the Texas series behind quickly) "You could tell during BP what kind of mindset our players had. They came out with a smile on their face, bouncing around, and I knew what was going to happen tonight before the game started. They didn't disappoint."

(on facing a hot Texas State team) "Every time we meet up before the game for the last three weeks, (we say) today is the most important game. Today was for us. Our guys knew what Carruth did last week against Rice. He had an outstanding start, and they left with a win. But our players came out with a swagger and a confidence and played hard."

(on facing Oklahoma) "I think they've got a great team. They've got everyone back from last year, so they're a year older and a year smarter. They've had an incredible year offensively. On the pitching side of things, they're very, very talented. It ought to be a great series."

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