No. 2 Texas A&M uses long ball to sweep doubleheader from Kentucky
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- After two days of waiting out the rain, second-ranked Texas A&M picked up where it left off with a doubleheader sweep of the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
The Aggies took the first game of the day 5-2 in seven innings. The game was seven innings because of SEC policy pertaining to doubleheaders on the last day of a series.
Texas A&M (29-2, 8-2 SEC) used the long ball to create a cushion in the top of the fifth. After a one-out walk, Blake Allemand followed by launching a first-pitch offering off the top of the 25-foot Kentucky Baseball sign in right field for a two-run dinger. It was the second consecutive game with a home run for Allemand, who hit two home runs in his first 196 career games. Two batters later, Mitchell Nau lofted a first-pitch offering onto the party deck in right-center for the 5-1 lead.
Grayson Long (6-0) earned the win for the Aggies. He worked 4.1 innings, allowing one run on six hits and three walks while striking out six.
In the second game of the day, the Aggies hit three home runs. Nau dingered again while Nick Banks and JB Moss each added home runs in game two.
It marked the eighth consecutive weekend series win for the Aggies, improving to 30-2 overall and 9-2 in SEC action.
“These guys were all business this weekend,” said head coach Rob Childress. “It was a tough series because we had to sit around the hotel for a couple of days and watch it rain, but we were able to get in the cages and hit on Thursday and Friday and they were ready to play today. Kentucky was a team coming off a good series at LSU, so they were feeling good about themselves.”
Hendrix (1-0) picked up the win in relief, working 2.0 scoreless innings, scattering two hits and one walk. Mark Ecker earned his fourth save of the season, allowing one hit and striking out one in 1.2 blank frames. In the start, Kent allowed three runs on five hits while striking out two in 3.1 innings.
Cody (2-3) was saddled with the loss for Kentucky. He allowed three runs on three hits and one walk while striking out four in 2.0 innings.