Texas A&M Bounces Back, Eliminates Fordham
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–There were no offensive issues Saturday for Texas A&M.
After struggling to get their bats going through much of Friday’s 8-5 loss to Duke in the NCAA regional opener, the Aggies came out Saturday against Fordham with a purpose.
A&M posted five runs in the top half of the first. The big blow in the inning was a three-run Hunter Coleman homer. It got two more in the fourth via a two-run bash by Hunter’s younger brother, Ty Coleman.
“I’m just really proud of our team,” said Aggie coach Rob Childress. “So many times when you lose the first game of a regional, it’s just a disappointing feeling. I could sense that a little bit this morning at breakfast. I’m just really proud of the way our guys responded after losing a tough game to Duke yesterday and coming out and grabbing the momentum right away from an offensive stand point.”
Those early runs were more than enough support for Aggie sophomore pitcher Asa Lacy, who carried a no-hitter through four innings and wound up allowing just three hits, one walk and one run while striking out seven in his seven innings of work.
“We faced these guys early, and their pitching is very good,” said Fordham coach Kevin Leighton, whose Rams were swept in a three-game series at College State at the start of the regular season. “Spotting them a five-run lead is a big hill to climb for us. They’re a very good team, well coached, and they have some talented guys on their roster. Lacy was very impressive. He had a no-hitter going, and he was rolling.”
After jumping out to a 7-0 lead, A&M added single runs in the sixth and eighth and two in the seventh. Fordham finally got on the board in the sixth and tacked on another in the ninth.
The Aggies had 11 hits in the game, including four home runs. Hunter Coleman had two of those round trippers, giving him five on the season, while Bryce Blaum had one, as did Ty Coleman. Fordham managed just four hits, and only one of those was for extra bases – a double by Matt Trabek in the sixth.
A&M’s 11-2 victory at Mon County Ballpark eliminated the Rams (38-24) and allows the Aggies (38-22-1) to live to fight another day. They will play another elimination game Sunday at noon against the West Virginia/Duke loser.
Note – Jake Baker, the Fordham player who was hit in the face by a pitch Friday night by WVU’s Nick Snyder reportedly is doing OK. He had five stitches but no concussion or broken bones. He did not play against A&M but reportedly was available if needed.