COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M junior JB Moss hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Aggies to a 2-1 win against Nebraska in the first day of action at the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park on Friday afternoon.
With the late heroics, the Aggies improved to 14-0, the best start since 1993 when A&M also started 14-0. It also matches their third best start, behind a 26-0 start in 1989 and a 15-0 start in 1976.
Nebraska starting pitcher Chance Sinclair was cruising before Moss’ dinger in the eighth. Before the decisive home run, the Nebraska right hander had recorded 18 consecutive outs. Moss put an end to the string when he punched a 1-0 offering over the fence down the left field line to stake the Aggies to a 2-1 lead.
Mark Ecker entered the game in the ninth and sandwiched two fly outs around a groundout for his second save of the season.
Texas A&M drew first blood in the bottom of the second inning. The rally started with Nick Banks and Logan Taylor bouncing back-to-back singles up the middle. After GR Hinsley struck out for the first out of the inning, Michael Barash drew a five-pitch walk to load the bases. JB Moss worked the count full before slapping the sixth pitch into right field, plating Banks for the 1-0 lead. Nebraska escaped further damage getting Blake Allemand to ground into an inning-ending double play.
The Cornhuskers took advantage of a Texas A&M error to tie the game at 1-1 in the fourth. Ryan Boldt was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Boldt was caught wandering off first base, but a throwing error allowed him to advance to second base on the play. After a strikeout and a fly out, Ben Miller drove a single up the middle to score Boldt with the equalizer.
Aggie starting pitcher AJ Minter was solid, but did not factor in the decision. He allowed one unearned run on four hits while striking out six over 5.0 innings.
The A&M bullpen put forth an excellent effort once again, retiring 12 of the 13 batters they faced in four innings. Ty Schlottmann retired all six batters he faced in the sixth and seventh innings. Andrew Vinson (2-0) picked up his second consecutive win out of the bullpen. He hit the first batter he faced, but retired the next three to get out of the eighth without yielding a run.
Moss was the lone Aggie to register multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with one run and two RBI.
Sinclair was the hard-luck loser for Nebraska. He allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five in 8.0 innings in the complete-game effort.
Nebraska (6-5) managed just four hits on the afternoon. Miller led the attack going 2-for-4 with one RBI.