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A&M Falls in Nightcap of Twin Bill at Fresno State

March 01, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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FRESNO, California – The Texas A&M Aggies were unable to secure a 5-1 lead, falling to the Fresno State Bulldogs 6-5 in the nightcap of their doubleheader at Beiden Field on Saturday evening.

The win completed a doubleheader sweep for Fresno State who improved to 8-2 on the season. Texas A&M’s record fell to 7-3 on the year.

The Aggies pounced on the Bulldogs for two runs in the top of the second inning. After Cole Lankford reached on an infield single, Mitchell Nau bounced into a 6-4-3 double play. Nick Banks restarted the rally drawing a six-pitch walk. Jonathan Moroney deposited a triple down the leftfield line to knock Banks in and Moroney scored on a wild pitch as the Aggies staked claim to 2-0 lead.

Fresno State offered an immediate response in the home half of the second. Kevin Viers laced a first-pitch offering down the rightfield line for a double to start frame and moved to second on a groundout by Taylor Ward. Brody Russell drew a six-pitch walk to put runners on the corners and Jesse Medrano sent Viers home with a sacrifice fly to cut the Aggies’ edge to 2-1.

Texas A&M inflated the cushion to 5-1 with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, Logan Taylor doubled down the leftfield and Logan Nottebrok drew a six-pitch walk. Hunter Melton singled through the left side of the infield to plate Taylor for the 3-1 advantage. Lankford kept the rally alive, doubling down the rightfield line to knock in Nottebrok. The Aggies’ last run scored when Moroney drew a six-pitch walk with bases loaded for the 5-1 lead.

In the home half of the sixth, Fresno State once again provided a retort. Chris Mariscal, Jake Stone, Jordan Luplow and Trent Woodward all singled to start the inning, driving Aggie starter Parker Ray from the game with Luplow and Woodward each knocking in one run. Viers loaded the bases with an infield single off reliever Tyler Stubblefield. Ward bounced into a double play to drive in Luplow, cutting the Texas A&M edge to 5-4. Russell singled to rightfield to knock in Woodward for the equalizer and an error by Moroney in leftfield on a fly ball hit by Medrano allowed Russell to score for the go-ahead lead and the 6-5 advantage.

The starters did not figure into the decision. Ray allowed five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two as he worked 5.0 innings plus four batters in the sixth inning for the Aggies. Jimmy Lambert yielded five runs on five hits and four walks over 5.1 innings for Fresno State.

Stubblefield (1-1) was saddled with the loss. He allowed one unearned run in relief on two hits in 0.2 innings of work.

Garrett Mundell (2-0) earned the win in relief for the Bulldogs. He scattered two hits and one walk while striking out two over 1.2 innings. Jake Shull earned his third save of the season retiring all six batters he faced.

Lankford led all batters with three hits, going 3-for-4 with one double, one run and one RBI. Moroney went 2-for-3 with one triple, one run and two RBI. Melton went 2-for-4 with one double and one RBI.

Seven different players logged hits for Fresno State with Viers leading the squad with a 2-for-4 game.

Texas A&M and Fresno State wrap up the three-game series at Beiden Field on Sunday with first pitch slated for 2:05 pm CT.

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