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Doxakis Trumps Auburn’s Ace

(Tristen Kersch/12th Man Productions)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Junior John Doxakis weaved a gem as the No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies blanked the No. 19 Auburn Tigers, 4-0, in Friday’s series opener on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Doxakis (4-2) worked 8.0 innings, scattering seven hits and two walks while striking out six. The Aggie left-hander earned the win going toe-to-toe with Auburn’s ace Tanner Burns who entered the fray with a 1.76 ERA and .169 opponent batting average. It marked the second time Doxakis has out-dueled one of the Tigers’ top guns. Last year, he bested eventual MLB No. 1 overall draft pick Casey Mize at the SEC Tournament, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

The Aggies made the most of their eight hits, including four doubles. Chandler Morris batted 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Braden Shewmake hit 2-for-3 with one walk, one double and one run scored. Mikey Hoehner was 1-for-4 with a two-run double.

Texas A&M improved to 26-9-1 overall and 8-4-1 in league play. Auburn dropped to 23-11 overall and 7-6 in SEC action.

The Aggies and Tigers return to action for game two of the series Saturday at 4:02 p.m.

B4 | The fourth inning continued to be the Aggies’ money frame as they’ve outscored opponents 45-7 in the inning. With one out, Morris singled to leftfield and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Shewmake drew a four-pitch walk and both runners scored when Hoehner hit a wall-banger to leftfield for a double. A&M 2, AUB 0.

B5 | Will Frizzell drove a single through the left side of the infield, moved to second on a grounder back to the pitcher, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Zach DeLoach. A&M 3, AUB 0.

B8 | Bryce Blaum gapped a double to left-center and came around to score when Morris punched a single into leftfield. A&M 4, AUB 0.

Head Coach Rob Childress
On today’s game…

“If you are a fan of college baseball at the highest level, John Doxakis and Tanner Burns going at, locked horns, it’s a thing of beauty. They are both incredibly competitive and they are good friends too, but when the bell rings, it’s all about the battle. It was fun to watch, we got a couple of big hits and it was the difference in the game. That is usually what it is, and you know when two great guys going at like we had tonight.”

Senior INF Chandler Morris
On producing when getting called to play…

“You just got to have faith in your teammates, that they are going to get it done, and when they are not getting it done, you pick up the slack. It’s pretty simple, as long as you are getting work done, everyone is picking each other up at some point of the year.”

Junior LHP John Doxakis
On today’s performance…

“It was just fastball command, and getting those ground balls. The defense was outstanding. It was mainly fastball command and double plays. That helped keep the pitch count low to get deep in the game and save the bullpen.”

Junior C Mikey Hoehner
On John Doxakis’ performance…

“He had all the stuff tonight, and he was locating early and getting the bats moving in the first inning. Anytime you get 1-2-3 in the first inning, it’s just a really good motivation for the rest of the game.”

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Posted by on Apr 13 2019. Filed under Sports.
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