Texas A&M baseball edged out Sam Houston in a 14-inning battle of offensive versatility in its closing exhibition sport on Sunday, Oct. 30.
Following an exhibition win in opposition to Lamar and a handful of inter-squad matchups within the final two weeks, the Aggies spent their Sunday afternoon making an attempt to refine their abilities and work via any kinks that will hinder the group’s success through the common season within the spring. Many of those property and errors might solely be observed, polished and perfected via aggressive gameplay — which necessitated a go to from Sam Houston State College.
With junior beginning pitcher Nathan Dettmer taking the mound and energy hitters sophomore Hunter Haas, junior Jack Moss and junior Trevor Werner main off for the Aggies, the group was capable of begin robust and take an early 2-1 lead.
Nonetheless, Sam Houston’s offense appeared to don’t have any hassle determining Dettmer’s pitches, and back-to-back solo residence runs allowed the opposing group to take the lead.
When sophomore Troy Wansing took the mound for the maroon and white within the high of the third inning, the Bearkats continued their onslaught of highly effective swings and widened the hole.
“They out-pitched us within the first seven innings,” head coach Jim Schlossnagle mentioned. “I believed we had been slightly bit higher on the finish, however that was definitely probably the most disappointing half.”
Seven innings into the sport, Sam Houston had seen 4 pitchers and scored seven runs. Whereas there was offensive motion from the Fightin’ Farmers — Werner doubling to ship Moss residence and a solo residence run from senior outfielder Jordan Thompson — it was clear that the Bearkats had a slight benefit with a rating of 7-6.
Sophomore pitchers Brad Rudis and Ty Sexton, adopted by freshman pitcher Shane Sdao, had been profitable in preserving the Aggies within the sport, solely permitting another run from the opposing group within the tenth inning.
Within the backside of the thirteenth inning, junior catcher Hank Bard singled off of the glove of Sam Houston’s shortstop, and A&M junior Stanley Tucker tied the sport with one other swing of the bat. Freshman Kaeden Kent then doubled, permitting two runs to attain, giving the maroon and white their first lead of the sport for the reason that first inning.
Although the group secured the win with Kent’s double, there have been many areas through which they wished that they had carried out higher.
“There have been plenty of good issues that went on,” Moss mentioned. “There may be clearly plenty of room for enchancment, however we’ve received a complete offseason to work on that stuff and prepare to go for this spring.”
Schlossnagle echoed an identical sentiment — if the season began tomorrow, he feels that his group of gamers wouldn’t be able to take the sphere fairly but. However with some work within the offseason, he trusts that they’ll get to the place they have to be.
“We’ve improved total as a group, and there’s simply a lot room for particular person enchancment,” Schlossnagle mentioned. “After we do this, we’ll be a good higher group.”
Via the exhibition video games, the group has established its high gamers, Schlossnagle mentioned, however discovering the appropriate pitchers goes to take extra time.
Whereas the coaches take the offseason to find out their beginning pitchers and opening day lineup, the group shall be spending the offseason coaching within the batting cages and constructing bonds throughout the locker room.
“We’ve received slightly extra adversity to face collectively earlier than we get to be like final [season’s] group, however we’re simply going to proceed to attempt to get higher, and that’s all we are able to do,” Moss mentioned.
The Aggies will start their season with a collection in opposition to Seattle, starting on Friday, Feb. 17, in entrance of their residence crowd at Blue Bell Park.