May 30, 2009

Courtesy of TCU Athletics

Joe Patterson connected on a two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning allowing Texas A&M to secure a 6-4 victory over Wright State in the elimination game of the NCAA Central Regional Championships at Lupton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With two outs in the top of the 11th inning, Patterson sent Michael Schum's first pitch over the centerfield wall to give the Aggies their first lead of the game and a spot in Sunday's showdown against the loser of the TCU-Oregon State game.

Patterson came up clutch for the Aggies in the top of the ninth inning as the Texas A&M designated hitter connected on a single up the middle, plating Scott Arthur and tying the game at 4-4.

Kyle Thebeau earned the victory for the Aggies as the Texas A&M hurler tossed 6.2 innings of action allowing no runs on five hits while striking out eight Raiders in the process. With the triumph, Thebeau improved to 3-1 overall.

The Aggies pounded out 13 hits in the game with Anders leading the way with three base knocks. Patterson collected two hits and drove in three runs while Raley, Colligan and Shofner each added a pair of hits for the Aggies.

R.J. Gundolff, Quentin Cate and Casey McGrew combined for nine of Wright State's 15 hits ­ all singles ­ while Jeff Mercer collected a pair of base knocks for the Raiders.

Schum picked up the loss for the Raiders and fell to 5-7 overall as the WSU hurler pitched 4.1 innings, allowing three runs ­ all earned ­ on six hits.

Wright State was first to get on the scoreboard as the Raiders collected a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Following a lead-off hit by Gundolff, the WSU shortstop advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt then was plated on a single to right field by Raiders' first baseman Mercer.

Mercer would come around home to score the second run of the inning on a single to right field by Cate.

The Aggies would come back to tie the game. 2-2, after scoring a pair of runs in the top of the third inning, which was aided by a two-out, two-run fielding error on the part of the Raiders. With bases loaded, Kevin Gonzalez reached base on a fielding error by WSU second baseman Aaron Fields leading to both Luke Anders and Brooks Raley to score.

The Raiders added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings to take a 4-2 lead on the Aggies before Texas A&M was able to cut the deficit to one run at 4-3 following a solo home run to centerfield by Caleb Shofner.

With the victory, Texas A&M improved to 37-23 overall and will play the loser of TCU-Oregon State on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Wright State had its season come to a close with a 33-30 overall record.