Texas A&M opens regional game with victory over ORU
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BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas-A double-clutch hit lifted the seventh- and fifth-place Texas A&M Aggies to an 8-2 win over Oral Roberts in the NCAA College Station Regional opening Friday afternoon in front of 6,215 fans at Blue Bell Park.
The Aggies (38-18) scored seven of their eight runs with two passes.
A&M led 1-0 in the second half when Jordan Thompson headed home the hosts twice, over the wall in the left half of the field.
The Aggies then extended their two-round lead at the end of season seven with a three-round two-round blast by Austin Bost deep into the left parking lot. Bost’s eighth round of the year pushed A&M’s advantage to 6-1.
Jack Moss added one more double, two double, two more in round eight to close the score.
Micah Dallas (6-3) went through five strong innings to win, launching seven hits and allowing only one run.
Joseph Menefee excelled in relief, finishing the sixth round with an attack when speed tied in the starting position and the seventh round with a knock-down punch with the game in second and third. He will complete his three rounds of work with three hits and one run while hitting seven.
Ledgend Smith (7-5) succumbed, allowing eight hits and three runs (earned twice) in 4.1 innings of work.
Jack Moss (A&M) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Jordan Thompson (A&M) – 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI
Austin Bost (A&M) – 1 for 3, HR, 4 RBI
Micah Dallas (A&M) – 5+ IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (W, 6-3)
Joseph Menefee (A&M) – 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 CZK
Holden Breeze (ORU) – 2 for 4, 2 2B, RBI
T2 | Holden Breeze led with a double down the left court, finished third in a Joshua Cox single and scored in a Connor Beichler squeeze. ORU 1, A&M 0
B2 | Brett Minnich hit a double to double the gap right next to the goal. Thompson, the next hitter, sealed the score 2-2 over the left fence. A&M 2, ORU 1
B5 | Moss took the lead with a single hit, finished second with a basic hit, finished third with an unsuccessful catch attempt and scored in a sacrificial flight to center right of Bost. A&M 3, ORU 1
B7 | Bost hit a two, three ran home deep through the wall on the left side of the field, driving in Kole Kaler – who fouled in the lead – and Moss, who delivered a one-on-one. A&M 6, ORU 1
T8 | Jackson Loftin opened the scoring with a shot to the right and netted Breeze’s second brace of the game. A&M 6, ORU 2
B8 | Thompson and Trevor Werner’s single opened the scoring for Moss’ two-shot, two-out, two-run doubles game in the middle. A&M 8, ORU 2
The Aggies (38-18) come forward to face the winner of the TCU/Louisiana game Friday night on Saturday night with the first pitch placed at 7pm (ET). ORU (38-19) will face the loser of that game in a knockout at 1 p.m. ET.