Aggies Drop Contest to UTPA, 5-2
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 8 Texas A&M baseball team fell to visiting Texas-Pan American 5-2 Wednesday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
"Days like today just aren't acceptable here at Texas A&M," head coach Rob Childress said. "We've lost three out of four, and it's a pretty simple recipe to fix it ... we have to play better defense, which we haven't done the last two weeks. We've got to be better and we've got to get into a better routine. We had some decent at bats today, but we've got to be better. It's disappointing because we could have easily won this game had we played better defense. You're going to make mistakes; you just have to minimize the number of mistakes that you make."
The two teams split the two game-series to leave the Aggies with a 14-4 overall record and UTPA season mark at 9-1. Texas A&M will now turn its attention to this weekend when it will host Kansas State in a three-game series to begin Big 12 Conference play.
The Aggies jumped out to the early lead in Wednesday's contest as Tyler Naquin drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the first and capitalized on a wild pitch from UTPA starter Colby McCasland to come home with the game's first run.
The A&M defense betrayed them in the top of the third as it committed a trio of errors in the frame allowing the Broncs to take a 3-1 lead with three unearned runs.
Senior first baseman Jacob House singled in the bottom of the fourth to extend his season-best hitting streak to 10 games, just two off his career-long of 12 set last season.
UTPA extended its lead to 5-1 during the top of the fifth as catcher Chris Torres doubled home a pair of runs which were charged to A&M starter Derrick Hadley (1-1). The A&M right-hander surrendered five runs, two of which were earned, on six hits during his 4.1 innings of work.
A&M attempted to rally in the bottom of the sixth as junior left fielder Brandon Wood, making his return to the line-up after missing the previous five games with an injury, doubled to left center. Freshman designated hitter Chance Bolcerek came through with the runner in scoring position during the next at bat with a two-out RBI single through the right side.The rally would fall short, however, as UTPA reliever Jonathan Sa (1-0) limited the Aggies to just one run on two hits for the game's final 4.1 innings to earn the win on the mound.