COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Logan Nottebrok launched a second-pitch offering over the leftfield fence to start the ninth inning and simultaneously end the game as the Texas A&M Aggies defeated the Northeastern Huskies, 1-0, in walk-off fashion on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park Sunday afternoon.
The win completed a three-game sweep as the Aggies started the season 3-0 for the fifth time in the last six years.
Three Aggies combined on A&M’s first shutout of the season. Grayson Long recorded the longest outing of his career, scattering two hits and three walks while striking out seven over 7.0 innings. He came up one strikeout shy of his career-high of eight set in 5.0 innings of work against Prairie View A&M last week.
Andrew Vinson retired all three batters he faced in the eighth, inducing two groundouts and a flyout. Jason Jester (1-0) was credited with the win, working out of a jam in the ninth inning. After Jason Vosler reached on a leadoff single, Jester committed a throwing error trying to retire him at second on Pat Madigan’s sac bunt attempt. Connor Lyons tried to follow with another sac bunt, but Jester pounced on the ball and retired Vosler at third for the first out of the inning. He ended the inning by inducing a flyout by Brad Burcroff and striking out Josh Treff.
The blank frame in the top of the ninth brought Nottebrok up for the late-game heroics. The Aggies put a leadoff man in scoring position in both the seventh and eighth innings, but were unable to break the scoring seal. Nottebrok was able to put the game away by depositing a 1-0 pitch from Burcroff over the leftfield fence, his first home run as an Aggie.
The contest took just 1:53 to play as the five pitchers combined to allow five hits and five walks.
Burcroff (0-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing one run on two hits while striking out one in 1.0 innings of work. Northeastern (0-3) got a yeoman’s effort from starting pitcher Chris Carmain who scattered two hits and two walks while striking out one over 7.0 innings.
Northeastern’s Vosler was the only player to record multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-3 on the afternoon.
Texas A&M returns to action on Tuesday when the Aggies host the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks in a 6:35 pm contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head coach Rob Childress
“We made some mistakes defensively. In the third inning, we made two errors to start. It was an incredibly heads-up play by our second baseman to hustle over, pick up the ball and get an out. Grayson had enough courage to strike someone out with less than two outs and a runner on third, and Hunter Melton makes a big play to get us off the field. In the ninth, we give up an 0-2 base hit which is an error on our part on the mound. We don’t get an out on the bunt, but we execute the drive back play, and then Jester made some big pitches to get us out of the ninth inning. I thought our guys played with a lot of composure today. I’m glad we played this type of game today.”
On winning this kind of game...
“I think it is important. There are going to be an awful lot of those this year. With the bats and SEC play, there are going to be a lot of tight games and usually the team that makes the fewest mistakes wins.”
On the middle of the lineup...
“They are big, strong, physical kids who have a good approach and are tough to put away. Coach Sawyers and Coach Seely have done a fantastic job preparing the hitters. They competed extremely well all weekend.”
Senior relief pitcher Jason Jester
On the weekend and the win...
“If the offense wants to keep winning by 10 that’s fine with me too, I can be a cheerleader in there. I think it is good as a ball club to have games like that, because in the SEC we are going to have those more times than not. It was a great team win. Grayson got us off to a hot start on the mound. We made a couple errors on defense, but a heads-up play by Allemand in the third helped us out. Overall, it was a good team win. I think it is good to face a little adversity early.”
On winning a game like that...
“To face adversity early is awesome. In the SEC, there is going to be a lot of one-, two-, three-run ball games so it was good for us to get a taste of that early.”
Sophomore starting pitcher Grayson Long
On the start...
“It felt good. I had good command of my fastball. I didn’t have to throw my off-speed too much, but when I did it was working. I kept getting ahead of hitters, had good defense behind me and with Troy behind the plate, there’s not much more you can ask for.”
On pitching under pressure of a close game...
“I was just trying to throw strikes. When I had runners on, I tried to bear down a little bit more, but I felt good.”
Junior designated hitter Logan Nottebrok
On his first taste of Olsen Magic...
“It’s unbelievable. They didn’t give me much to hit all game. Getting up in that situation, you can’t ask for any better opportunities than that. The other colleges I have been at, you hit a home run it’s just ‘good job.’ That was something else. I have never been in that kind of situation. That was awesome you can’t ask for any better support than that.”
On winning a close game...
It brings you closer. It shows you that any team can beat you. You are never good enough; you always have to compete to the best of your ability. They are a good team. They have some older guys who can throw strikes and they can hit the ball, so you have to come out every day ready to play.