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Aggie Baseball Claims Series Opener vs. South Carolina, 6-3

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth and tacked on two more runs in the eighth to win the series opener against the South Carolina Gamecocks, 6-3, Thursday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Texas A&M pounded out 13 hits, paced by Braden Shewmake going 3-for-4 with one home run, two runs and two RBI. Will FrizzellAaron Walters and Allonte Wingate both added two hits. Walters hit his first career home run.

Aggie starter Mitchell Kilkenny worked 5.0 innings, yielding three runs on six hits while striking out six. Kaylor Chafin improved to 4-0 on the season with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, scattering three walks while striking out one. Cason Sherrod retired two batters with two runners on in the seventh for the hold. Nolan Hoffmanearned his 12th save of the season, with two blank frames, allowing one infield hit while striking out one.

With the victory, the Aggies improved to 36-17 overall and 13-15 in the SEC. South Carolina dropped to 30-22 overall and 15-13 in league action.

NEXT UP
The Aggies and Gamecocks return to action Friday with a 6:32 p.m. contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

SCORING SUMMARY
B1 | The Aggies continued their trend of pouncing on teams in the first frame. With one out, Michael Helman singled to leftfield and Shewmake followed with a two-run home run to rightfield, his fifth dinger of the season. A&M has now outscored opponents 57-13 in the first inning. A&M 2, SC 0.

B2 | With one out, Walters cranked a first-pitch offering over the fence in right-center for his first career home run. A&M 3, SC 0.

T3 | The Gamecocks broke the scoring seal in the top of the third. Matt Williams started the inning with an infield single, moved to second on a passed ball and scored when Noah Campbell bounced a single up the middle. A&M 3, SC 1.

T4 | Madison Stokes hit a leadoff home run over the leftfield wall on a 2-0 pitch. A&M 3, SC 2.

T5 | With one out, Carlos Cortes hit a solo home run over the right-center wall on an 0-1 offering. A&M 3, SC 3.

B6 | Shewmake stirred the Aggies drink in the sixth, starting the frame with a single up the middle and moving to second on a passed ball. With one out, Frizzell sent a hard chopper back over the mound which a leaping Gamecocks’ pitcher deflected, sending the ball to the right of the second baseman for an RBI single. A&M 4, SC 3.

B8 | The Aggies tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth. Frizzell started the inning with a gapper to left-center for a hustle double. Baine Schoenvogel pinch-ran for Frizzell and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Cole Bedford. With the infield pulled in, Logan Fosterpunched a single through the right side to plate Schoenvogel. Foster advanced to second on a walk by George Janca and scored when Wingate punched a single back up the middle. A&M 6, SC 3.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Rob Childress
On tonight’s victory…
“Really a hard-fought win. South Carolina’s had an amazing second half to conference play. [They’re] incredibly well-coached. We grabbed the lead early. [Mitchell] Kilkenny was diligent in his start and was able to minimize the damage to only three innings with one run and along with the bullpen. Very nice of our seniors [Chafin and Sherrod] to be the bridge. Our very best at-bats of the night were certainly late in the game.”

On winning game one of the series…
“There’s not very often that we have the opportunity to win a series in game two this year. It’s a huge win, a very determined group tonight. I couldn’t be more proud of our guys.”

Junior RHP Nolan Hoffman
On his two-inning save…
“I don’t really like the idea of just being a one-inning guy. I want to be able to extend it out for the guys. Chief [Head Coach Rob Childress] asked me in probably like the sixth inning how many outs I had in me and I just added up how many outs were left in the game and said, ‘I got that many.’ I think it was like 12. [Laughs]”

On winning first game of weekend…
“It’s really big to get a good start to the weekend. Killer [Mitchell Kilkenny] came out and did really well, and then, Kaylor [Chafin] came in picked him up and did really well. Then, Cason [Sherrod] came in, picked up Kaylor in a tough spot. Then, luckily I just got to be able to finish it.”

Freshman OF Aaron Walters 
On his first Aggie home run…
“It was great to get it off my mind, I mean I been not really thinking about it but I’ve been wanting to do it and get it over with. It hit really good on the barrel, I didn’t feel it at all so that’s how I knew I hit it.”

On starting the series with a win…
“It’s huge, helps with confidence. We came out and dumped it out emotionally. We battled every pitch and every at bat. We just have to come out tomorrow and do the same thing.”

Sophomore SS Braden Shewmake
On starting the series with a win…
“It’s nice to win the first one, but I feel like we are still in the same spot where we still got two more to go get. If you have the mentality that you have to go win two more and you only come out with one, that make a lot of people happy, but we expect to win every baseball game we are in.”

On the two home runs…
“It felt great to get off to a good start. We struggled at Arkansas where we didn’t swing the bats very well. We came back here on Tuesday and felt a little better. I’m glad we kept it going tonight.”

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Posted by on May 18 2018. Filed under Sports.
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