AUBURN, Alabama – The Texas A&M Aggies dropped a 4-0 decision to the Auburn Tigers at Plainsman Park on Friday evening in the SEC opener for both teams.
The Tigers became the first team to score on the Aggies in a first inning this season. Jordan Ebert started the frame by bouncing a single back up the middle. With one out, Damek Tomscha flared a single out to centerfield and Ryan Tella drew a five-pitch walk to load the bases. Blake Austin broke the scoring seal with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, driving in Ebert and Daniel Robert plated Tomscha by muscling an excuse me swing single to leftfield for the 2-0 lead.
Auburn (12-6, 1-0 SEC) loaded the bases again in the second inning. With one out, Damon Haecker was hit by a pitch, Ebert followed with a single to leftfield and Dan Glevenyak threaded a single through the right side of the infield to fill the bags with Tigers. Tomscha knocked in Haecker, for a 3-0 advantage, with a grounder to short that Logan Taylor mishandled for an error. Aggie starting pitcher Daniel Mengden prevented further damage by striking out Tella and inducing a pop out to shallow leftfield.
Texas A&M (13-6, 0-1 SEC) got two runners aboard in both the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to push a run across.
Mengden (2-3) was saddled with the loss. The junior yielded four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four over 7.2 innings.
Dillon Ortman (4-1) was crafty in the win for the Tigers. He allowed just four hits, one walk and one hit batsman while striking out three in 9.0 innings.
Cole Lankford led Aggie hitters, going 2-for-4.
Ebert and Tomscha accounted for six of Auburn’s nine hits. Ebert went 3-for-5 with one run. Tomscha was 3-for-4 with one double, one run and one RBI. Auburn batters also took advantage of two walks and two hit batsmen.
The Aggies and Tigers will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Saturday. The first game at Plainsman Park will begin at 12 pm CT. The second half of the twin bill will start approximately 30 minutes after the end of the first game.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head coach Rob Childress
I thought Ortman was outstanding. He changed speeds all night long and we were unable to make any adjustments. The story of the night was him and what he did to us. He wasn’t overpowering, but he pitched extremely well. Daniel (Mengden) wasn’t sharp early and that was the difference in the game. He settled down after the second and had a good start, but it was too little, too late.
On what the Aggies need to do differently on Saturday…
We’re going to have to have a much better approach offensively than we did tonight. And we need Parker (Ray) to get us off to a good start on the mound so we aren’t playing from behind.
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